Dirt and smoke out of the fireplace can blot the surrounding rocks quickly, and after the dirt is in, it can be difficult to get out. Seal the rock to get the jump on stains and dirt. Spray sealers are simple to apply and can be found at most hardware shops. Use an environmentally secure, water-based merchandise for easier cleaning and quicker drying time. A top notch penetrating sealer will protect the stone for years to come.
Remove dirt, dust or older sealers using a cleaning product meant for stone surfaces. Permit the stone to dry thoroughly.
Mask the perimeter of the fireplace, adjoining to the wall and the fireplace add, using wide painter’s tape. Tape everything that you don’t need sealed. Place masking paper on the wall and then secure it with tape.
Cover the fireplace add with painter’s plastic and fasten it using the painter’s tape. Cover the ground with a dropcloth.
Spray the rock fireplace with a liberal quantity of sealer. Make sure that you spray on the grout lines too. Permit the sealer to penetrate the surface for the total amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.
Wait 30 minutes, or for the total amount of time recommended by the manufacturer, and apply a second coat of sealer. Permit the sealer to penetrate for the total amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.
Perform a water test to determine if more sealer is necessary. Spray a little region of the rock with clean water. Permit the water to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe the area dry, using a sterile cloth. Employ more sealer in the event the area darkens. Multiple coats of sealer can be applied until you reach the desired coverage. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before reapplying the sealer.
Wipe any excess sealer out of the rock using clean dry fabrics. Rewet stubborn regions using more sealer. Remove the excess with a clean, dry cloth. Dried excess can leave a dull film on the rock.
Allow the stone to remain untouched for the total amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. This guarantees adequate healing time.