Freshening Up the Fireplace

FireplaceBefore

Somehow I’ve lived in our house for the past 9 months and never really noticed that the stone on our fireplace still had installation dust on it – that is until it hit me like a 10lb brick to the face one day as I looked at the fire while watching TV with the hubs.

FireplaceStoneBefore

But once I noticed the white dust on several of the stones it became my obsession to eliminate it. The next day I filled a bucket with hot water mixed with vinegar and started scrubbing. I decided to focus on the lower right-hand side of the stone wall since that would be the least noticeable area if there was any discoloration from the vinegar and it would give me a good section to judge the effectiveness of my chosen cleaning method

I let the area dry and was pleased with the improvement, so I added “Clean fireplace” to my to-do list for the upcoming long holiday weekend. It wasn’t a complicated process, but it was time consuming because each time I scrubbed a stone I had to wipe down the wall next to it where the dirty water would splatter.

FireplaceStoneAfter

So last Saturday I gathered my supplies and proceeded to scrub, rinse and wipe my way across the fireplace, from top to bottom.  Although I started with fresh clean water and vinegar this is what I ended up with once the entire area was done. I was pretty amazed.

FireplaceBucket

I’m sure there’s a bit of regular dust mixed in that concoction since the stones have texture which provides particles a place to accumulate. I’m thinking this might need to be a new part of my annual deep clean, but that beautiful wall of stone is sooo worth it. Check out the difference in the before and after.

FireplaceBefore
Before
FireplaceAfter
After

All that pretty clean stone will be the perfect backdrop to my fall décor! Watch for a post about that soon.

Who Knew?!

So, the other day the hubs comes home with permanent marker on his NEW work shirt.  I didn’t ask any questions and said I’d see what I could do.  Of course my first resource was Pinterest, where I found over and over again that hand sanitizer would cure this particular problem.  Really?  I figured it was worth a shot so the next day I tested the advice – and it WORKED!

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I didn’t expect this to be a post so I didn’t take a before picture, but I did take one after the first application of sanitizer and then again after the second.  In the first you can just barely see where the spot was because it had lightened that much!

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After the third application I couldn’t see it at all!

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I washed and dried as normal and the shirt looks great – which makes me happy because I really liked that shirt on the hubs! J  So next time you face this problem, grab that bottle of sanitizer, dab and rub until it’s gone.