Limestone is a naturally occurring substance which makes an outstanding material for kitchen countertops as well as things like bathroom vanity units.
However, being paler in colour and more porous than similar options, it can stain, while any blemishes are potentially likely to stand out. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep your limestone units looking their elegant best.
Seal the benefit
Get a professional sealing done when you first fit your limestone counters. Then repeat each year so that grime, marks and discolouring don’t build up.
Keeping it clean
Regular cleaning is essential – but don’t use regular kitchen products. Go for something specialist that’s pH-neutral. It’s even possible to buy products for monthly or weekly cleaning with sealing properties. Follow the instructions carefully, and use a soft cloth. Sponges or other harsh cleaning equipment can leave behind scratches.
Up to scratch
Limestone can scratch, so keep sharp utensils well away, and never place anything hot directly on the surface of your countertop. If you do get a mark like this, smaller scratches can be buffed off with fine steel wool, but larger ones need the attention of a professional limestone care service.
Again, prevention is the best policy. Avoid spillages, especially of anything acidic. Mop up anything you do spill promptly. Unfortunately, burnings and scorchings from heat can also happen if you don’t follow the advice above. However, if they worst occurs, try mixing hydrogen peroxide and flour into a paste to make a poultice. Apply this to a stain, let it sit for a while and then wipe. You may need to repeat this treatment, equally some marks may fade over time.
But if stains persist and look especially unsightly, or you’ve just moved into a home where the limestone has not been cared for, again you need a specialist natural stone cleaning service.
Generally speaking, however, a daily wipe with a damp cloth should be all you need to do.
Talk to us at Royal Stone Care
We have the skills, equipment, staff and experience to handle all your requirements for limestone care in London, serving both business and residential customers.
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