Keeping A Warm Home And Hearth

How To Care For Your Fireplace Mantel

When it comes to the winter, there are few things that beat the feeling of cozying up in front of the warm fire with a hot cup of tea and a good book. Warm, hazy nights in front of the fireplace invoke the romantic qualities of winter; cuddling with loved ones under a blanket, roasting marshmallows, and sipping a steaming mug of tea. Before you start dreaming of spring, fantasize about the roaring fireplace of your wildest fantasies.

At the Timber Barn, our mantels are designed with locally sourced materials, and customized to suit the design needs of your home. Connect with a member of our team when you are ready to build a mantel worth curling up in front of.

A smartly designed fireplace mantel can become the focal point of a room, giving off a warmth that is both physical and metaphorical. Proper care and upkeep of the mantel is needed to keep your hearth warm as you spend lazy winter evenings in front of the fireplace.

Here are a few tips to caring for and maintaining your fireplace mantel so that it wows for years to come:

General Care

Your mantel should be cleaned regularly. When dusting the rest of the room, ensure you leave time to dust the mantel as well. Remove all objects from the mantel, and dust thoroughly. Remember, less is more! A cluttered mantel will not look as nice as one that has fewer pieces that were selected smartly.

With heavy use, your fireplace can be a constant source of soot and smoke throughout the room. Deep cleaning of the mantel will be required every so often to ensure your mantel remains looking new. The mantel material will dictate what kind of cleaning agent will get the best results.


Wood Mantels

Wood mantels are best cleaned with an oil based cleaner to help keep the wood looking new. Avoid water based cleaners, as the water can easily be absorbed into the wood of the mantel and cause damage.

When selecting cleaners, avoid harsh chemicals to prevent damage to the wood. A product similar to Murphy’s Oil Soap comes recommended when it comes to keeping wood mantels clean.

For harder to clean areas, such as moulding, pick up some cotton swabs to scrub those finely detailed areas.


Stone Mantels

Most stone mantels will be sealed to help resist absorbing all the water and soot that can cause the piece to stain.

Relatively simple to clean, most sealed stone mantels are best treated with a mild soap and warm water. Avoid cleaners, as they can actually damage the beautiful finish you selected for your mantel.


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