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About Limestone and Limestone Floor Care

What is Limestone?

Limestone is a broad category of many types of sedimentary calcite rock derived from fossil deposits in which calcium carbonate is the major component.  It generally has a uniform consistency and texture that is white or a light color in its purest form, but can also be gray or darker.

Characteristics of Limestone

Marble Differs From “Limestone”

Marble is primarily a metamorphic form of limestone that is transformed under intense heat and pressure into a hardened mass of calcium carbonate.  Marble has a much finer texture than limestone, which allows it to be polished. Limestone cannot be polished.

Limestone (and Marble) Are Highly Sensitive to Acids

Unlike granite, marble and limestone are highly sensitive to acids (in fact, they are soluble in acids).

Marble and Limestone are Porous

The rate of absorption and the level of porosity vary.  Water trapped within the stone promotes deterioration. Therefore, it is important that moisture within the stone can evaporate.

Limestone Maintenance and Care

Some Advise to No Use of Waterproof Coatings on Limestone

At Scrub n Shine, we respectfully disagree.

We feel that sealers and protective coatings are necessary to protect the appearance of natural stone. Unless the stone was immersed and completely saturated in a sealer, it still “breathes” and evaporates moisture through its sides and back of the stone.  As mentioned earlier, limestone is very sensitive to acids and we can’t imagine letting your expensive limestone floor deteriorate from uric acids in restrooms or ice melt residue in entries.  Preventive  measures should be taken to seal and protect your floors!

How to Clean and Maintain Limestone

Limestone is a very soft stone that is prone to scratches and marring.  Another argument that promoted the use of sealers on limestone.  Grit takes its toll quickly on limestone, so regular sweeping and mopping is critical!

DO NOT USE ANY ABRASIVE CLEANERS!  Only use pH neutral detergents and the mildest cleaning method possible to get the job done.  To avoid residue build up, make sure that your detergent is not mixed too strongly and is a “free-rinsing” product.

Removing Stubborn Stains and Build Up From Limestone

Soak by spraying and misting to remove heavy accumulations of soil or “crusts” that have a tendency to form in areas that may be cleaned regularly or are exposed to elements that contribute to heavy build up.