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Your fireplace is probably getting a workout this winter, leading to soot buildup on your mantel and surround. Here's one reader's suggestion for bringing back the elegant finish of marble fireplaces.

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My marble fireplace adds sophistication to my living room. But soot stains on the stone's surface can really put a damper on things. I restore a beautiful finish to the marble with natural ingredients and a series of simple steps.

First, lightly moisten a soft cloth with warm water. Wipe the surface of the marble down with this cloth to remove any grit or grime on the surface.

If this does not completely remove the soot stain, soak a small washcloth with hydrogen peroxide. Lay the cloth directly onto the surface of the marble where the stain is. Apply a bit of plastic wrap over the washcloth and secure it in place with packing tape around the edges. Leave the washcloth and plastic to set for 24 hours.

Remove the cloth and plastic. Wipe the surface again with a damp cloth to rinse all residual peroxide. Your marble fireplace should be restored to its elegant finish!

Want the secrets to a "never-fail" system for starting a fire? Check out this video!
























SEE ALSO:

Decorating a Fireplace Mantel (ShelterPop)
Limited Edition Swarovski Fireplace (Luxist)
Fireplace Maintenance and Safety (HGTV)




  • Cathy

    Great tip on cleaning marble. I like to use vodka on natural stone. It's almost neutral ph makes it very gentle. Cathy Sparkle! Green Cleaning Cocktails sells kits to make all natural cleaning solutions for every surface in your home. Take a look www.cathysparkle.com

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  • marble fireplace

    My marble fireplace adds sophistication to my living room. But soot stains on the stone's surface can really put a damper on things. I restore a beautiful finish to the marble with natural ingredients and a series of simple steps.

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