Limestone Floor Cleaning and Maintenance
Limestone flooring complements any room; it is fresh, natural and adds a touch of class to whatever room it is laid in.
When highly polished the detail in the stone is truly amazing. Not only does it ooze a sense of grandeur from its rich depth. It also connects the surrounding environment with a feel of the natural world.
Sitting in a space that has a beautiful limestone floor, somehow produces a feeling of relaxation and peace. It is no surprise then, that some of the most renowned hotels, banks and private residences have polished limestone lavishly laid in their reception areas.
Once laid Limestone, like all stone used in flooring will require a level of maintenance. Stone is a natural product and although extremely hard wearing, it is prone to wear.
The best method to minimise wear on Limestone, is to set out a regular Limestone floor cleaning plan.
The first task is to try to minimise the transference of the tiny particles of grit that get walked in from outside on shoes. Placing a good quality door mat in the entrance to all points of access to the room goes a long way in reducing transference from outside.
Regular sweeping with a soft type broom or kex mop will remove the surface dusts that the microscopic grits travel around in.
Damp mopping using either a very mild detergent or stone floor soap will lift off surface soiling as well as removing fine grit.
For large areas a floor buffing machine can be employed to maintain the shine on the stone while removing light surface soiling.
Putting the above procedure is in place and providing it is regularly adhered to, a Limestone floor in either a domestic home or commercial environment can remain clean and fresh looking for years.
It is advisable at this point to employ a specialist floor cleaning company to help. Stone can be mechanically cleaned and even resurfaced, but it isn’t a task that you would wish to entrust to a general cleaning company who lack the expertise and understanding of the task.
Although tough, Limestone flooring can be damaged by the use of incorrect procedures or materials.
As Limestone wears, the surface pours open and soiling gets trapped in those pours. It can be removed by deep cleaning or lightly resurfacing the stone. As demonstrated in our photo below.
This doesn’t in most cases have to be an invasive grinding back of the floor.
We have found that unless the limestone has been very badly mistreated or is very old and has not had much regular maintenance. In most case the floor can be revived with a deep cleaning process that in most cases can be completed within a day.
Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned, Sealed and Polished
Once the Limestone floor has undergone the cleaning part of the process, it will then require sealing.
Sealing Limestone after deep cleaning is essential to provide ongoing protection from staining. The best type of seal to use on Limestone is an impregnating seal which absorbs into the stone. It forms a barrier just below the surface to stop any spillages from penetrating the stone. The appearance of the surface is left unchanged and the excess will either evaporate or can be removed by a cloth.
To restore the natural shine of the Limestone and to harden the surface and close the open pours. A polishing process can then be applied.
Once the limestone floor has been deep cleaned, sealed and if appropriate to the look of the stone polished. As long as the initial steps explained earlier are adhered to, the floor will require very little maintenance.