Limestone is quite durable and is an exceptionally good choice for a fireplace! - fireplaces Perth

However, limestone can be rather soft and comparatively porous, so it does require care in the householder to prevent stains and grubby marks spoiling the surface - especially for new limestone fireplaces!

A couple of important points for first time buyers!

Your limestone fireplace ought to be chemically sealed with an above average quality sealant. The better sealants do not change the shade of the limestone to any degree, but prevent easy penetration of possible stains from getting into the stone. Your fireplace supplier should either seal your fireplace to suit your needs, (probably at extra expense) or provide a tin of liquid sealant for you to paint over the surface yourself (also probably at expense). These sealants cost around �20 or more per tin, when you see one for significantly less, don't use it, as it might not be good enough, and might darken your limestone fireplace colour!

When you have a limestone hearth, this should be sealed twice. Leave the first coat to completely dry and then add the second. Ensure you do not apply too much sealer, as this might cause a change to the surface if soaked.
You might want to repeat the complete sealing process after about half a year or a year, particularly if the fireplace is for solid fuel. And then, your limestone fireplace will likely not require any further chemical sealing.

Cleaning Limestone Fireplaces

The best way to clean off a grubby mark from your limestone fireplace is simply to utilize a clean cotton cloth dampened with very dilute dish washing liquid. Do not soak the stone though!

For those who have coffee or wine etc, spill onto your limestone fireplace surface don't panic, just fix it off thoroughly using a dampened cloth and everything ought to be fine. - fireplaces Perth