Limestone Floor Polishing
Limestone flooring has become one of the most popular stones used in residential property due to its natural qualities, beautiful appearance and increasingly wide availability.
Every tile cut from the stone is individual, each with its own distinctive character. On closer inspection of the detail, the limestone floor that appears uniform is in fact a wide variety of composites that were pressed into the sedimentary rock over millions of years.
When the limestone floor is polished, the individual details become even more highlighted. It is common to find partial and sometimes whole fossils imbedded into the stone.
Limestone flooring typically comes in two levels of finishing. One type of finish is commonly known as a tumbled finish. This has the appearance of an unpolished stone; it looks very natural and is a popular choice for those whom wish to create a softer appearance in their home environment.
The other type is a highly polished finished. This appearance really shows off the makeup of the stone. Tiny details become highlighted in the depth and richness of the finish.
A stone floor surface is hard wearing and will last for many years. The appearance will depend upon the quality of the stone, the finish and the care and treatment that is applied once the floor is laid
Like all natural stone, it will be prone to wear or erosion. Protecting the surface can help to ensure it continues to look good and also minimise the rate of wear.
Regular limestone floor cleaning is essential to help remove the fine grit and dirt that accumulates upon the surface. Cleaning will also remove soiling and keep the stone visually appealing
Periodically Limestone floors will also require a more intensive clean to remove the soiling or staining that has penetrated into the pours of the stone.
This is typically carried out by mechanical cleaning or light resurfacing of the stone. The process completely refreshes the appearance and restores the finish to the level of cleanliness that it was when first laid.
The mechanical cleaning process is achieved with the use of a specialist rotary floor cleaner that has changeable weights. The weight of the machine is adjusted for the level and depth or the required task.
Once the cleaning process is complete, sealing of the limestone is then required to stop the ingress of staining. Limestone is a porous material and if left unsealed it will quickly absorb anything that is spilt on to the surface.
The preferred method to seal stone is with the use of an impregnating seal. This type of seal is absorbed into the stone, creating a barrier just below the surface so stains cannot penetrate into the stone. The surface appearance is not affected and should remain neutral retaining the original appearance.
Limestone can then be polished to restore its previously polished surface and restore the depth of the pervious shine.
This is done with the use of a compound powder. The powder is mixed to form a paste that is polished into the floor using a weighted rotary machine. The polishing process is performed in slow rhythmic passes under a controlled speed. With the weight of the machine the powdered paste, reacts with the surface of the stone and polishes it.
Once the residue from the process has been completely removed the limestone polishing is complete. The results are outstanding and the floor is restored to a vibrant, tough and ready to use beautiful floor once again.