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Staining on newly fitted limestone hearth and gaps underneath
I am having a stove fitted and the fireplace needs changing to accommodate it. The fitter has fitted ancaster limestone slips and hearth, however he has used ordinary cement to fix it and the stains are very visible on the stone surface. He assured me it was just damp and would dry out in a few days, however after a month of glorious warm weather the stains are just as bad.
He also fitted the hearth with a gap under of about 1/2 inch, it's not level in any dimension. He tells me this is normal and a carpet will cover the gap, which I really can't imagine is true. I need advice - is this all OK or should I stop this chap working and get another fitter in? Having already spent over £3000 I want a good job doing. Please help.
Limestone will stain really easily and needs to be handled cleanly. It can often be cleaned but it is not easy and not always successful. As for not level in any plane I'm afraid the only answer to this would be take it out and start again. Going down this route I would attempt to clean it at this point to see if it will clean before installing it. Be aware that after cleaning the damp marks may take several days or longer depending on conditions to dry out,
Hope this helps-Kevin.
Answered 30th Sep 2013