Limestone adds a unique organic look to today’s kitchen and bath designs. The surface is very smooth and is available in a range of muted colors including white, brown, yellow, green, gray, and black. Honed matte finishes are popular choices. Limestone frequently contains fossils and sea shells imbedded in the slab, which adds interest to the surface.
Limestone as Countertop Material
This natural stone is often used on countertops. Limestone tiles make a statement when used as a backsplash in the kitchen or bath. Travertine is a type of limestone that is a high end flooring choice. Many homeowners love the look, but have questions about the upkeep of these products. Limestone surfaces can look like new for years if properly cared for and maintained.
Maintaining the Upkeep
Like all natural stone, limestone is a porous material. Some types are more porous than others. Limestone and travertine do require a bit more maintenance than some other types of stone. They should be sealed at least once a year with a high quality sealant to minimize damage from stains that may penetrate the surface. Staining will be less noticeable on darker shades of limestone. If staining does occur, oxygen bleach can often remove them successfully. It works well on red wine, grape juice, beet juice, and other food stains. The oxygen bleach will not harm the limestone. Regular daily cleaning with water and mild dish soap or a stone cleaner should keep the surface looking clean and beautiful.
Vinegar, citrus juices, tomato, and other acidic foods can damage a limestone surface if allowed to sit for too long. Those food spills should be wiped up immediately. Homeowners should never use a strong acid product on their limestone tiles or countertops. Over a period of years, limestone surfaces can sometimes become scratched or etched, even with the best of care. A professional service can usually repair and restore the damaged surfaces.
Here at Premier Surfaces, we have a beautiful selection of Limestone that will look great in your kitchen or bathroom. Give us a call or fill out our contact form and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible.