How to Clean a Granite Fireplace

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If you have a granite-finished fireplace, you already know how beautiful and durable your fireplace is. However, after years of use, soot can build up on your fireplace mantel and dull its shine. Cleaning a granite fireplace may seem like a daunting task, but it requires only common household cleaning items.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Container for water
  • Sponge
  • Dry towel
  • Pour a gallon of warm water into a bowl and add 2 to 3 tbsp. of regular dish soap to the water. The water should take on a soapy texture and there will be some foam on the top.

  • Dampen a sponge with the soapy water and scrub the granite fireplace vigorously. Make sure to scrub in between grout lines if your fireplace has granite tile.

  • Dump out the soapy water and replace it with clean water. Use your sponge to rinse off the soapy water. Make sure to do a thorough job, as any leftover soap will leave a thin, opaque film on the granite's surface.

  • Use a towel to dry off the granite. It should be restored to its former brilliance.

Tips & Warnings

  • To keep your granite looking as clean as possible, make sure to polish it at least twice a year and seal it once a year.

References

  • Photo Credit granite image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com
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