How to remove water marks and stains from a Limestone Fireplace

Removing marks from a limestone fireplace can be a trick job. Often limestone fireplaces are fitting by gas engineers who are fitting the fireplace at the same time. They unlike tiles are not aware of how porous the limestone surround can be. As a result, the wonderful surrounds are not sealed and often stain very easily. A tea cup or glass of red wine left of top, then knocked over can be all it takes to have a very unsightly stain on your fireplace.

In this post we are looking at a different type of stain that can also look unsightly in your marble or limestone fireplace. Watermarks, which can be caused by spills or from a leak or a flood in your house can be very tricky to remove. The picture below shows a fireplace effect by a burst pipe, which ended up flooding the floor and walls and causing the water marks in this limestone fireplace.



Once the rooms where completely dried out, very deep water marks, we’re left on both the right and left hand side of the fire. Cleaning alone will remove most of the staining and marks, however if the stains are very deep a stain remover would be needed.


To remove these deeper marks a specialist stain remover needs to be used. This would need to be made up at the correct concentrate and applied to the fireplace.

We purchase this solution from The Tile They sell 2 products that can clean and remove the stains,
The tile masters sell Cleaner No 2 – natural stone cleaner. This is a great deep cleaner for all your natural stone tiles and stone ware like limestone, sandstone and marble fireplaces.

The next cleaner is there limestone and sandstone fire place cleaner. This is Clean No7. this product is only available on request and it is for a deep inset stains on limestone fireplaces and floors. It is only designed for unpolished and textured limestone so they recommend to send a picture first for their technical team to look at and advise is it’s the correct product for the job.

specialist none etching cleaning solution,can also be added to a dry powder and mixed till a paste is formed. The paste is then applied to the stains and should be left on over night. Plastic sheeting is applied to stop the pasted drying up and in turn the solution drying up on the stone. We purchase the product from the tile master. They stock a full range of products to deep clean all tile and stone surfaces.

As this fire place was dirty all over, we decided to apply the paste solution to the whole fireplace, rather than just the affect areas. If it was just applied to the affected areas of the limestone fireplace, you can end up with a cleaner patch than the rest. When we returned the following day, the results were great. Once the pasted was cleaned off and neutralised, the fireplace looked as below. At this point the bottom part had not been cleaned completely.


The bottom part of the fireplace was then given a final clean, and was refinished using some diamond abrasive pads. The brass part of the limestone fireplace was then replaced and the finished product was as below.



Once the fireplace was completely dry a solvent based impregnator was applied to prevent any further staining from drinks and food spills. The sealer that was used was From the tile master.,uk Once dried the fireplace was left clean and restored and well protected to help keep it clean for many years to come.


If you would like any further information regarding limestone fireplace cleaning or stain removal. Please don’t hesitate to contact myself on or call me on 07884472149.

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10 Responses to How to remove water marks and stains from a Limestone Fireplace

  1. J Baird says:

    I have a limestone fireplace, my grandchild dropped a wooden toy on the hearth and the purple paint from the toy has made a mark is then anyway I can clean this?

    • I mrs Baird

      many thanks for your enquiry. yes depending on the finish of your fire place (dull or polished) i have a very quick fix for you, which something you should have in your shed or garage. let me know the type of finish your firepace has or if you can send a picture that would be great


  2. John Hannan says:

    This is a great post. I have a situation where there is a cement bleed on my hearth from installation. Would this technique also clean this up? In addition I have some wax on top of the hearth from having tenants. Would this be removable?

    It’s quite a smooth limestone, definitely not super shiny in appearance.

  3. Hi John

    yes the poultice should help pull out the staining from the cement. I would expect the moisture in the cement to have pull pigment with it as blend into the hearth. You may need to add a high alkaline cleaner to the poultice mix to help remove the pigments or colouring. If you want to email me some pictures at and I can advise further.

    ps the wax should come off with just scraping the excess and then apply a highly absorbent paper towel. The heat with a hair dryer or iron. Be careful to burn the stone, but as the wax begins to melt the paper towel will absorb it.


  4. John Hannan says:

    Hi Martin, thanks for the response, I have sent you some pictures now that I can access it!

  5. phil higgins says:

    hi martin, I recently accidentally spilt some red wine on the hearth of our limestone firepace, any suggestions on how to get the stain out please@

  6. Roy Karroum says:

    This is really one of the great post. I also have a question on cement bleed on my hearth from installation i think is it good technique to clean this up.

  7. Paul says:

    Hi, can you help? I used a micro fibre cloth to apply a sealer, but the colour from the cloth has affected the fireplace. Any recommendations?

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