We have been in our home for just over two and a half years. One small thing that has bothered me since we moved in was the stone around or fireplace. We never noticed during our walk through, but as soon as we started living here the condition of the stone started to annoy me. But, what is probably more annoying is the two plus years it took me to do something about it.
Our fireplace surround is tiled in large slate tiles. I actually love slate. We used a slate tile mosaic back splash in the kitchen of our last home. So, the slate fireplace was something we liked about the house. But on closer inspection, as I stared at the stone while sitting on the sofa, I realized it needed a bit of work.
The stone was dull and lifeless. When I looked closer, I noticed there was almost a haze over the stone. There was definitely grout in some of the crevices on the face of the stone. It was almost as if they did not completely clean up after grouting the tile. A good cleaning with soap and water helped, but the tiles were still dull.
The same day I did the little rug and chair switcheroo in the kitchen, I also finally tended to the fireplace surround. It was time I whipped that fireplace into shape for the winter season. I know our holiday animal parade appreciates being on display above some nice stone.
I bought a bottle of stone cleaner and sealer at Home Depot. It was a super simple project, and totally one of those why didn’t I do this sooner kind of things. Basically, you spray the sealer on the stone, wipe it around with a sponge, let it sit for about five minutes, and then wipe it off with a clean rag. Repeat a second time.
The result was pretty stone! The sealer makes the color of the stones richer. They almost have the wet-look, except the sealer I used does not make them glossy. The previous hazy, dull look was gone even after the first coat of sealer.
Another house lazy project tackled. I sat around and stared at dull stone for over two years before I took the 15 minutes to make it look better. At least it is done now.