We are often called in to restore stone and tile where others have not been able to succeed, and this was the case with this 200-year-old stone fireplace in Lingfield. To be fair to the previous company its was covered in 5mm of paint in multiple layers so it was no easy task to restore.
The church in Lingfield village was apparently rebuilt in 1431 so it’s not surprising to find houses here containing some impressive period features. This property also had an old Pamment tiled hallway which I wrote about in a previous article.
Removing Paint from a Stone Fireplace
To strip the multiple layers of paint off the stone fireplace I would need to apply a strong chemical, so my first task was to protect the adjacent woodwork. I tend to use a thin blue film for this as it sticks well to most surfaces and like professional decorators masking tape it doesn’t remove the paint when you remove it later.
To soften and remove the paint I applied a special paste that is brushed on and slowly emulsifies the paint so it can be easily peeled off. To ensure all the layers could be removed I blanketed the whole fireplace in a thin laminated membrane which ensures the product doesn’t evaporate. The paste is safe to use on Stone and I left it for a couple of days before returning.
I returned to the house in Lingfield and completed the messy job of stripping off the now pliable paint taking care not to damage the fireplace or the surroundings. Once done and the waste removed, I set about cleaning up the now naked stone with Tile Doctor Acid Gel.
Acid Gel is a perfect choice for this job as being a gel its easy to control and sticks to the vertical surface allowing it to be scrubbed in without running down the facia. After scrubbing the gel was carefully rinsed off with a sponge.
The restoration took a lot of manual work especially when working around the intricate carvings in the stone however the transformation was well worth it. I think you will agree the Fireplace now looks transformed.
I’m really pleased with the transformation I managed to achieve cleaning this Stone Fireplace at a lovely period house in Brighton. The client had been decorating the room which highlighted just how grubby the Stone Fireplace now looked and she desperately wanted to use it for the cold nights towards Christmas.
The run up to Christmas is generally a busy time for us as we usually find homeowners are really keen to have their tiles cleaned in time for the festivities. However these jobs tend to only take a day at most so I was confident I could squeeze it in quite quickly.
Cleaning a Stone Fireplace
Before starting any job I make sure the surrounding furnishings are protected from splashes from the cleaning products we use. I tend to use a thin blue film for this as it sticks well to most surfaces and like professional decorators masking tape it doesn’t remove the paint when you remove it later.
To clean the fireplace I used a diluted combination of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and Acid Gel which was applied to the stone and left to soak in for few minutes before scrubbing it by hand and then carefully rinsing it off. Pro-Clean is a powerful cleaning product on it’s own but I needed something that would deal with the soot and Acid Gel is able to remove all sorts of deposits plus being a gel it sticks well to vertical surfaces.
I couldn’t really use any machinery on the Fireplace that would make the job easier so I had to use a lot of elbow grease instead. The intricate carvings in the stone took some time to get really clean and so in total the job took me about four hours. The Stone Fireplace was transformed by the time I had finished and I think you will agree it now looks fantastic.
Brighton is a great place to go shopping especially around “The Lanes” behind the main promenade where they have lots of unusual gift shops and with Christmas looming I was able to spend what was left of the afternoon roaming around.
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