Limestone flooring offers an ideal choice for high-traffic areas because it tends to be duller than most other types of stone flooring. The lack of sheen in limestone disguises occasional scuffs and scratches, but doesn't mean limestone requires no care at all. Caring for your limestone flooring requires little more than basic household items and a little elbow grease.
Things You'll Need
- Limestone floor sealant
- Carpet mat
- Dust mop
- Mild soap
Clean the surface of the limestone thoroughly to remove dirt particles and debris that may get trapped under sealant and damage your floor over time.
Apply a layer of stone sealant to the surface of your limestone floor. Use an impregnating oil to seal the surface, avoiding heavy lacquers and varnishes, which will drastically alter the appearance of your floor. You need to reapply sealant every five years to maintain the quality and durability of your limestone flooring.
Test the sealant after application by pouring a small amount of water onto the surface. If it remains on the surface, your floor is properly sealed. If the water seeps into the pores of the stone, you will need to reapply the sealant and retest it.
Place a carpet mat at the entrances of the room containing limestone flooring and ask guests to wipe their feet thoroughly before entering the room.
Invest in a quality dust mop and use it often. Dust and dirt build-up on your limestone flooring can lead to scratches and scuff marks, so you will want to dust the floor regularly.
Clean spills immediately with a damp sponge, mild soap and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals on your limestone flooring, as this could damage the porous surface of your limestone and weaken the stone.
Repair chipped pieces of limestone flooring by cutting a piece of limestone the shape and size of the chip and gluing it in place with epoxy. Be sure to seal the area thoroughly.
Tips & Warnings
- Repairing chipped and damaged sections of your limestone flooring may require the skills of a professional.
- Avoid using acidic cleaners on your limestone flooring, which could result in permanent damage.