This material was originally deposited as soft sediments being laid down as beds under water by a variety of chemical, biological, and physical processes. Over millions of years the sediments were buried, compressed and became cemented by precipitation from mineral waters contained therein. The majority of limestone is composed of calcium carbonate. Dolomite limestone is chemically magnesium carbonate. Limestone that has a porosity of 5% and takes a full polish is termed hard limestone (i.e. travertine). Primarily used for flooring and bathroom vanities. Limestone is softer than igneous rocks such as granite, nevertheless it shares a timeless and monumental quality that is common to all types of stones. Limestone can have numerous fossil impressions that are well preserved. If a piece of stone has various shell or animal like impressions in it, there is a good chance it is limestone. Limestone tile makes a unique decorative statement in a variety of settings, and for a variety of uses too. Limestone comes in various colors but most are shades of brown or tan, some leaning towards gray and red. All shades seem to fall into the earth tone color range. Limestone is becoming increasingly popular in the West and Southwest and also because of its natural earth-tone colors that coordinate in any environment. Limestone is used to produce magnificent kitchen countertops, limestone bathroom vanities, tile floors, stairs, limestone wall tile and even columns.
Pros of Limestone
– Strong and durable
– Adds value to your home
– Easy to Clean
Cons of Limestone
– Relatively soft, and can stain easily
– It can scratch very easily
Limestone Cleaning: Care & Maintenance
Limestone requires some care and attention in order to maintain its original appearance. Many stone tiles including limestone are porous in nature, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation, staining, deterioration, etc. Special impregnating or penetrating sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. We always apply sealers to any limestone applications. Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth clean up most spills. Limestone is especially susceptible to damage from citric acids, alcohols, and oils. Vinegar is acidic and will leave a dull spot on limestone. Avoid the following acidic materials from coming in contact with your limestone: Vinegar, lemon, tomato and tomato sauce, bleach, coffee, urine, vomit, tile cleaners, X-14, toilet bowl cleaners, and cleaners with lemon. With the proper care, your limestone’s beauty will last for generations.