Limestone Floor Restoration
•Repair •Restore •Clean •Hone •Polish
Limestone Floor Care And Restoration
Limestone is stylish, subdued, durable, and long lasting. But limestone is also comes with some complicated maintenance issues as well. Mopping limestone with a light solution of soapy water will, over time, dull the gloss due to chemical etching from the acids in the detergent. That moisturizing hand soap that is so good for your hands is damaging to your limestone when spilled. The list of household products that will damage your limestone floor is longer than the list of products that wont do any damage.
"I have tried everything but my limestone floor still looks dirty and dull!"
First, let me tell you that just because a product you get from the big box store says "Safe for natural stone" on it doesn't mean it really is. There are acrylic sealers marketed as safe for natural stone, I suppose because they do no immediate damage like an acid will. They do however prevent the stone from 'breathing' and that is more damaging in the long run than an acid etch from your hand soap. And much more expensive to repair. You can not always trust the fabricators either. I have clients that were told by the installer or sales rep to use a weak dish soap solution to mop their newly installed limestone floor. A lot of people know that an acid will etch limestone but don't realize just how many cleaning products contain acid.
Third, the surface of the limestone may be etched mechanically and/or chemically and need to be polished smooth to get back the gloss.
"What Needs To Happen Now?"
First we need to take a look at the limestone floor and determine which direction we need to go. It could be that we need to professionally clean the floor, or it could be that we need to diamond polish the limestone floor.
If your floor just needs a solid professional cleaning and sealing and that is it then we bring in our cleaning equipment and make it happen. If cleaning just wont do the trick then we will need to polish the limestone in order to bring it back to life.
After determining that the floor does indeed need to be polished, we will hone the limestone with diamond pads to remove the abraded surface and get to smooth, healthy stone. We then proceed to refine the surface to the gloss you are wanting to see.
"After you are finished cleaning or polishing my floor how do I keep it clean?"
We will leave you with a couple web sites that we trust so you can get the proper cleaning products for your floor. We will also set you up on a customized maintenance program that fits your needs.