How to Clean an Antique Slate Fireplace

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An antique slate fireplace adds a touch of elegance and warmth to any home. Slate, a natural, heat-resistant stone, is available in many colours, such as black, grey, green and even purple. Antique slate fireplaces are commonly adorned with carvings, but this may not always be the case. Keep your antique slate fireplace in good condition with regular cleaning and maintenance. Water is the safest cleaner to use on slate, as any cleaning products you use are likely to be absorbed into the stone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3 soft cloths
  • Towel
  • Boiled linseed oil (optional)

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  1. 1

    Dampen a soft cloth with warm water, and wring it out.

  2. 2

    Wipe the antique slate fireplace with the cloth, rinsing it and wringing it out as often as necessary.

  3. 3

    Dry the antique slate fireplace with a clean towel. If the fireplace looks dull after cleaning, consider applying a coat of boiled linseed oil to protect it and bring out the colour.

  4. 4

    Apply a small amount of boiled linseed oil to a soft cloth.

  5. 5

    Wipe a thin, even layer of the linseed oil over the slate. Wipe away any excess with a clean, dry cloth.

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