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The Limestone Cleaning Process

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We set out by applying a Limestone cleaning treatment over the Limestone. The cleaner should be left to work for upto twenty minutes so it can emulsify any soil. They also use a scrubing machine to scrub the cleaning solution deep into the surface of the Limestone.

Once the scrubbing is done, we rinse off the cleaning slurry and check out the state of the Limestone. They repeat the scrubbing until it has released all the soil it can. On honed and polished Limestone, one scrubbing and rinsing step is usually sufficient to clean out any dirt. But, with Tumbled Limestone floors and Brushed Limestone floors, the cleaning might need to be frepeated.

After scrubbing, there can still be trapped soil in the surface of Brushed and Tumbled Limestone, and in the grout.

If there is some residual dirt after scrubbing, we have hot pressure rinsing equipment. Hot pressure rinsing drives heated water deep within the holes and pores in the Limestone and the grout, to get at the soil that the floor scruber could not clear away. It's often remarkable how more dirt the hot pressure rinsing process extracts.

Pressure rinsing may not be suited to very porous or soft Limestone, as it can certainly create a shadow effect from the cleaning.

Limestone Polishing

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Limestone polishing is needed once the shine has worn off a polished Limestone through wear and etch damage.

Polishing Limestone starts with diamond honing equipment to take off the surface defects and prepare the Limestone for diamond polishing.

Fine diamond grits creates a honed finish. If you prefer a gloss finish, after polishing, we use Limestone polishing powders to give a polished sparkle.

Limestone Restoration

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Limestone restoration work starts by inspecting the Limestone for any issues. Usually the use of strong cleaners and foot traffic damages the surface on Limestone.

The end result is a scored, permeable finish with microscopic, holes that fill with soil. At these times, the original surface is removed by grinding and then honing.

This technique is called Limestone restoration. We use assorted Limestone floor restoration products including; diamonds for grinding and also honing, resin fillers, grout and polishing powders to create a high finish.

Wear on aged Limestone floors is a result of several years, perhaps centuries, of footfall. Laminations within the Limestone can break up, slabs may crack, and also the tile subfloor might move.

The wear is also a reminder of the floor's historic past, therefore it is often preferable to welcome these shortcomings as opposed to disrupt a vintage Limestone floor. In many cases, these older floors are installed in listed heritage buildings and any tasks are stringently controlled via the Heritage authorities.

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Limestone Sealing

Sealing Limestone begins with assessing the type of Limestone as well as the condition with the floor base.

Sealing A Limestone Floor With No A Damp-Proof Membrane Layer

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Limestone has been a flooring for millenia. Buildings before the 1950s may have their stone floors installed directly onto compact soil, a chalk base or lime-based mortar.

These kinds of floors have to let the movement of moisture through the floor base, which affects the choice for a Limestone sealer.

These types of floors are sealed with a penetrating sealer to keep up the free movement of moisture.

Sealing Polished Limestone Tiles

Polished Limestone is usually sealed with a penetrating impregnating sealer. One or two coats of impregnating sealer is usually sufficient prevent water soaking into the stone. Polished Limestone tiles should be re-sealed every year to maintain the degree of protection. Acid spills go through an impregnating sealer, leaving etch damage. {This means that acid spills for instance [xfield_acid-spills] will penetrate the impregnating sealer on the Limestone floor, leaving a dull etch mark.} If the spill onto your Limestone has a strong colour, the etch mark may also be stained.

Sealing Honed Limestone Floor Tiles

Honed Limestone tiles will have a dull matt or sheen finish. Stone is much more permeable than a polished Limestone, but less porous than a tumbled Limestone. If you prefer a natural matt-look, an impregnating sealer retains the original finish. Just like polished Limestone, an impregnating sealer does not stop acid etching.

Honed Limestone tiles can have a film-forming or surface sealer. Just like name of the sealer implies, the sealer forms a protective film the top of the tiles. This protectoive film provides added protection against damage from etching. The protective film acts Since a sacrificial wear layer, absorbing damage from shoe traffic rather than the tile . Since the sealer is the outer lining of the Limestone, we advise using an impregnating sealer first. The impregnating sealer helps protect the stone in areas where the surface film wears away.

A surface sealer can last for two to four years before it requires to be re-applied. We advise keeping track of high wear areas every 6 months to check on for wear. If a region is showing wear, dep-clean areas to get rid of any surface soil, then top the area up using one or two coats of sealer.

Following this system, a floor sealer can last for years, without suffering from an unattractive accumulation of protective sealer on parts of the floor that don’t need more sealer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean dirty limestone?

First, remove any loose dirt/debris. Then mix two to three drops of neutral stone cleaner in a bucket of warm water. Be sure to use neutral stone cleaner and not household cleaning products, because these can damage the stone.

Can you use vinegar to clean limestone?

Don't use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces. Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tile cleaners. Don't use abrasive cleaners.

How do you clean unsealed limestone?

Scrub the surface with a with a soft-bristled, non-metallic scrub brush ans a ph neutral Limestone cleaner. Rinse the stone with clean water and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

What causes black stains on limestone?

Chemicals from air pollution react with the stone to stain the stone. Also lichen develops to make black and white coloured spots.

Will bleach damage limestone?

Bleach should never be used on any limestone surface as it will damage the finish. If you accidentally spill bleach on Limestone, rinse with penty of clean water and dry.

Does limestone stain easily?

Limestone is more porous than other stone, and usually light in color, so is more easily stained.

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