Marble has been used as a luxury material in art and architecture for thousands of years. It’s a solid stone that carves beautifully. Just take a look at the imposing statues from Greek and Roman times, many of which are still around today and are quite stunning to behold. What’s more, marble has heat resistant properties which makes it a popular and attractive choice for a fireplace, and it’s their size and opulence that demonstrated status and wealth back in the day.
Today, marble fireplaces are still a highly desirable choice. If you love the look of marble in your home, Sussex Fireplace Gallery has two showrooms in Polegate and Portslade where you can view a good selection of fireplaces on display. Our team is on hand to answer any questions and queries you may have. To assist you further in your decision making, here are some key things you should consider.
If you have your heart set on a marble fireplace for your home, be reassured that they can be a great option for any home, old or new. That said, you do need enough space to accommodate a decorative marble surround and hearth – they tend to be larger than other types of fireplaces. If your home is a little on the bijou size, there may be better solutions available.
Marble is a wonderful natural stone that is extremely stylish and flexible, which means a marble fireplace can look fabulous in any type of home, whether you choose a clean and simple contemporary design or a highly decorative traditional fireplace. Going for marble is a real style statement which works surprisingly well in a contemporary home as well as a period property.
In terms of colour, there’s a wide choice available, though marble purists will no doubt prefer shades of white. Choose the right hue and a marble fireplace can complement most interiors schemes. Why not brighten up an otherwise dark room with the addition of a clean white marble fireplace?
While marble is still seen as a luxury material, and some kinds are extremely sought after, there are many varieties that are much more affordable too. Take a look at our selection of marble mantels and fireplaces and let Sussex Fireplace Gallery help you find something suitable for your budget.
Choosing and installing your beautiful marble fireplace is one thing – but how do you keep it clean and looking beautiful for the long term? While marble is a hardwearing natural substance, it is also porous, which makes it more susceptible to staining. This could be a concern in homes where there is high foot traffic near the fireplace, or if you have young children or pets.
Cleaning your marble fireplace is not difficult as long as you observe a few key rules:
· Make sure you only ever use a soft clean cloth for dusting and removing dirt from a marble fireplace, so there’s no risk of scratching the stone.
· Use pure distilled water to gently remove stains. Regular tap water contains impurities that could exacerbate the staining.
· Use warm (not hot or boiling) water and a soft microfibre cloth for best cleaning results.
· Use a moist, not dripping wet, cleaning cloth when you clean stains off your marble fireplace.
· Finish cleaning by drying the area thoroughly with a fresh, clean microfibre cloth in order to prevent spotting.
· To stop stains from occurring in the first place, wipe up spillages as soon as they happen. The longer you leave them, the more difficult it will be to remove them.
· If water alone is not effective at removing the stain, use a specialist marble cleaning product, but always test on an inconspicuous area before use.
· Don’t use cleaning products containing baking soda, white vinegar or limescale removers, as they are too abrasive for marble.
· Consider using marble wax to bring back the shine, but test on an inconspicuous area first.
Choosing a marble fireplace for your home is unlikely to be a decision you’ll regret. Add a touch of instant sophistication with a timeless luxury feature that will impress your guests and heat your home in style.
At Sussex Fireplace Gallery, we have a range of superb marble fireplaces for you to view. Whether you prefer an open fire, a gas fire or electric fire, we’re sure we can help you find the best solution for your home. As a family run business with many years’ industry experience, you can trust our expertise to guide you through the journey – from your first visit to choosing the right size and style, all the way to the finished installation. Get in touch with our friendly team today.