My fiance and I just bought a house that was built in the 60's. I am not a big fan of the stone around the fireplace because it is faded and there is mortar on the some of the stones. The stone that is around the fireplace is natural stone and even though I am not a big fan of it, I don't want to tear it out. I am hoping that someone might have an easy upgrade solution. If anyone has any idea on how to clean the mortar off of the stone, and maybe something that would bring back some of the colors of the stone. Or maybe if anyone knows of something that can be added to the stone to make it look darker.