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Mantel Care
Wood Mantels. Wipe up spills immediately. Never clean with solvents, detergents or abrasive cleansers.
Sealed or unsealed stone mantels should be cleaned with a damp cloth at least once every two weeks, even if the surface does not look dirty. This will keep the stone in top condition.

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Fireplace mantels. Mantel care.

The choice of material for the fireplace mantel includes such rich materials as marble, limestone, granite or fine woods. Certainly the most luxurious of materials is marble. In the past only the finest of rare colored and white marbles were used.

The fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the decorative framework around the fireplace.
Mantel is now the general term for the jambs, mantel shelf, and external accessories of a fireplace.
For many centuries, the mantel was the most ornamental and most artistic feature of a room, but as fireplaces have become smaller, and modern methods of heating have been introduced, its artistic as well as its practical significance has lessened.

A modern fireplace usually serves as an element to enhance the grandeur of an interior space rather than as a heat source. Today, fireplaces of varying quality, materials and style are available.



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