Thursday, October 12, 2023

The Top Ways To Keep Limestone Tiles in Good Condition

Have you recently had limestone tiles installed in either your kitchen, your bathroom, or in your yard? Maybe you are considering getting them installed. This is an excellent choice. Limestone tiles in all settings exude class and look stunning while also being one of the more affordable options for many homeowners.

However, like most natural stone surfaces, you will need to ensure that they are kept looking their best. It's not too hard, and whether you have them installed already or are weighing up if you should get them, here, you will be walked through some of the top ways to keep them in good condition. 

Install Quality Tiles In The First Place 

If you are deciding whether to get limestone tiles or not and are basing it on how easy it is to maintain, then it can help to have a good quality tile installed in the first place. If you are already working with quality tiles, you can more easily maintain their good condition long term. You can get quality limestone flooring from, that are known to stand the test of time and are popular among families that run busy lives. 

Regular Cleaning

With your tiles installed, you will need to sweep and vacuum regularly, as this will remove dust and debris, which, if left to accumulate, can scratch and damage the surface. Aim to use a damp mop to clean the tiles, and make sure that you use a pH-neutral stone cleaner. Or, if you don't have access to that, use some warm water and mild dish soap. 

Seal It!

As it is a natural stone, limestone is porous, meaning it can easily absorb stains and liquid. So, to keep it sealed, you need to apply a high-quality stone sealant. The frequency with which you seal the area will depend on the type of limestone and the amount of foot traffic. For kitchens, it is advised to reseal every year. If you feel that the sealant is wearing off prematurely, it is worth seeking advice from the team who installed the tiles, as they may have some advice on how to prevent it from coming off.

No Acid!

Limestone is very sensitive to acids, as they can damage the surface with etching and scratches. So, you need to avoid using acidic cleaners, like lemon juice and vinegar and never use bleaches. Be sure to wipe up spills from acidic liquids promptly, such as orange juice, wine, and tomato-based drinks or soups. This will prevent staining and will help to protect the sealant and the stone.

Coasters and Mats

For limestone counter surfaces, it is vital to prevent rings from forming, as well as potential stains. It is worth investing in coasters and mats to put under glasses and cups to keep the surface free from spills.
If the tiles are on the floor, you need to use doormats at the entrances, as this will minimize the amount of dirt and grit that is brought onto the limestone, thus reducing scratches and staining.

Repair Any Damage

Even with the best treatment of limestone, it may be the case that cracks, chips, and damage will appear. So, when you spot this, you need to address it promptly. This is why it is good to have some limestone filler or epoxy resin on hand when you purchase limestone tiles. If the tiles are on the floor, you will need to avoid dragging furniture across the floor and be sure to use furniture pads to shield the tiles.


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