How can I restore my fireplace?

q how to testore my fireplace

How do I restore my fireplace back to it's natural look. I hate the glaze/sealer look..

  7 answers
  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 27, 2019

    Do you want to clean it or redo the face?

    • Gina Gina on Jul 28, 2019

      I just want it back its original look. Someone put sealer on it and now it's dark and shiny. I want to remove the sealer or glaze that was put on it.

    • Gina Gina on Jul 28, 2019

      It's pretty but it wouldn't tie in with my home.....

  • Prelude Prelude on Jul 27, 2019

    I understand her to mean she wants a natural stone appearance and lose the glazed finish. I think before anyone can answer adequately it would have to be known if the fireplace was real natural stone originally

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    • Prelude Prelude on Jul 28, 2019

      Gina, your home is beautiful. I imagine the product used to create the glaze finish would have to be removed chemically. If it was on the outside of your home, some might consider a light sand blasting. I think I would consult someone in the trade and have it restored professionally. As Mona indicated, it may have to be re-sealed for protection.

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Jul 27, 2019

    Clean, seal and polish. The best way to clean a fireplace is with vinegar water and a soft scrub brush. The brush pulls the crud out of the nooks and crannies. Vinegar water: 1 cup vinegar to 3 cups water. Let dry for a day. Buy a fireproof glaze to seal the stone.

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    • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Jul 28, 2019

      If you don't seal it, you will have to rebuild it sooner. The glaze makes the stone harder and less chance of crumbling. Talk to a chimney sweep about alyernatives.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 28, 2019

    Test the finish in a small area. Try a paint or varnish remover. Previous owner was probably tired of soot build up and added a varnish or poly coating to protect the rock.

  • Gina Gina on Jul 29, 2019

    Thank you!!

  • Michelle Michelle on Mar 02, 2021

    Please don't paint it. It needs a good cleaning. A safe product to use is Bio Green Clean. I've used it on marble, wood , basically everything! It really cleans fantastic, and is non toxic. I've not really had to "refinish " anything.