Cleaning your slate fireplace hearth

Hi readers!

I hope you are all well – I made a reply recently to a Forum about how the best way is to clean your slate fireplace hearth and I felt that it was worth putting a summary here as it may help some of my readers!

Don’t do’s

  1. Sour milk – Some people suggest this. Although I have never tried it, I would imagine that it could leave quite a stench in your house, considering the fact that you need to regularly clean your slate and the effects of sour milk would probably diminish after a few days too.
  2. Linseed Oil – I have also heard of people using this, but in my opinion, this type of oil is a little bit too thick and also can leave an unpleasant odour.

There are probably other oils that could be tried, but always be careful of odour and thinckness…

My cleaning method

  1. First wash the slate thoroughly with warm water and a drop of wash-up liquid
  2. Leave it to dry completely
  3. Apply Teak oil – this is normally available in larger DIY stores and in our opinion is the right viscosity – it is also a reasonable price and most of the pros use it – Some showrooms sell slate oil, but this does tend to be pricey and I really feel that Teak oil is a better choice and does a better job!
  4. Slate needs to be treated twice in the the beginning, but then apply the Teak oil every few months, or when it is required.

As a pointer, Olive oil could be used, but this is as a one-off, as the oil could also leave an unpleasant smell if over-used…

I hope this post has been useful?

Until next time…

Published in: on September 3, 2008 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cleaning fireplaces with plant shine!

Following on from my last post: A bit of elbow grease!, I decided to post another good tip for cleaning / maintaining fireplaces – the cheaper way!


Go to your local garden centre and pick up some plant shine.. There have been some articles posted on the web, with instructions on how to prepare home-made plant shine, although, as I am not expert on plants and shining them, I will reserve judgement on these recipes ūüėČ

What I can tell you, is that some of the better; plant-shine-in-a-spray-can, products on the market, can be ideal for shining a fireplace!

An important point: Only certain parts of the fireplace can be shined using this method!!!

Please see the picture of the fireplace below, the RED ARROWS point to where you should spray – if you do happen to spray onto¬†any other part of the fireplace (other than mentioned here), don’t panic, but do try to¬†wipe off immediately!

Fireplace picture


It is worth consulting your local fireplace shop or showroom, or a fireplace specialist, before you use a particular product (a quick phone call will do), as some products could damage your fireplace!

Once you have selected your spray, you can start the fun part! ūüėČ

Spray on to the black surfaces¬†– try to do it with the windows open ūüėČ and then simply leave to dry!



Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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