Limestone is one of the easiest natural stone to maintain. In fact, it doesn’t take much time and effort to clean your limestone paver. An effective care and maintenance plan will guarantee that the limestone paver you installed in your home can longer and will not wither due to spills, harsh weather conditions and other various reasons. If left unmaintained, your gleaming and gorgeous limestone paver will be marred with dirt and stains.
Here are the quick and easy cleaning steps for effective care and maintenance of your limestone paver. If done correctly, it can guarantee that your limestone paver will look as good as new.
- Prepare limestone cleaning materials. For effective cleaning of limestone, you will need a broom, dry mop, vacuum cleaner, sponge mop, bucket, some towels and mild dish soap or a soap specifically designed for limestone. If you need to reseal the surface the limestone paver, you will some sealant and for stain removal, you will need some white flour and hydrogen peroxide.
- Dry cleaning surface of limestone. In cleaning up and removing of dirt and debris from dry limestone surface, all you need is a broom or a dry mop. You may also use a vacuum cleaner but see to it that the spinning brush is turned off. Using the vacuum cleaner is great in removing the dirt and sand that is lodged in the cracks and crevices of the paver.
- Wet cleaning the limestone. To wet clean limestone paver you will need a bucket of warm water with mixed with 2 – 3 tablespoons of mild dish soap or soap for limestone, mop or soft cloth. Gently mop the limestone paver or wipe the surface with a soft cloth with a mixture. Allow sufficient time to let the soap saturate the dirt so that it can be easily removed from the limestone surface.
- Cleaning the limestone stain. Removing limestone stain can be quite tricky. It can’t be removed by simple brushing or wiping. You may need a poultice to remove the stain from the stone. You can a poultice by mixing ¾ cup flour and little amount of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply the paste directly into the stains and allow it to dry. Once the paste is dried, carefully remove the dry paste using a soft-edge scrapper. This process may take a day or two.
You may also use commercially available products which are specifically designed to clean and maintain limestone.
- Rinsing limestone tile. It is important to rinse the limestone surface thoroughly after wet cleaning because the soap attracts dirt and can accumulate filth which can leave grime markings on the surface and also create films that can make your stone looking dull. To rinse thoroughly, mop over the surface of limestone paving with warm, fresh water. Make sure the bucket and water you are using are free from soap. Observe if there is a lathery section, if there is, keep on mopping the section until the entire residue has been removed.
- Reapply limestone sealer. Limestone sealer can wear over time. It is advised to reseal the limestone to protect it from stains and damage. If you are not experienced in sealing limestone you may hire the services of limestone pavers to have it applied properly.