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Limestone surfaces are a popular choice for renovations and improvements providing the luxurious expensive look of marble but an a more affordable old-world price. Most limestone is usually white or off-white in color with unique and naturally occurring patterns throughout the stone.
Beautiful as they are, they come with a downside that they require more care than other stone types, such as granite. This is because compositionally, limestone is more porous and sensitive to acids attack. The porosity makes it more prone than other stains and discoloration. (We once were asked to seal a brand new set of limestone stairs after removing a coffee stain… it took 6 seal applications to finally seal the stone… and each day the property manager dropped a new cup of coffee as a test.) Once sealed it usually just takes another annual application to maintain, but the first application is a doosey. Once sealed spills are easily cleaned up without staining.
Of course we still recommend cleaning them up immediately, as a sealer does not protect a surface from acid attack, so that orange juice is still going to leave a mark, it just won’t be a stain. Spill marks and drop marks on limestone result from spills, spritzes and drips of acidic liquids such as lemon, lime and orange juice. Wiping up these types of spills isn’t enough, as one needs to neutralize the acids least they leave a mark. MARBLELIFE Marble & Travertine Cleaner is formulated to do just that not just halting acid attack but surrounding and lifting the acid away from the surface so that its damaging effects are halted for ever more. Wiping acids with water simply dilutes them and reduces the effect.
Daily Cleaning of Limestone Surfaces
Be aware, the high porosity can pull your cleaner into the stone so an acidic cleaner can do far more damage attacking and weakening the stone from within the surface. It is imperative that you clean with a non-acidic cleaner, and ideally a surfactant based cleaner, as you need to break the water tension to allow the cleaner to enter in and flush out the pores. For similar reasons an acidic cleaner with surfactants could make your acidic cleaner even more damaging. MARBLELIFE Marble Cleaner Concentrate and MARBLELIFE Marble & Travertine cleaner are non-acidic surfactant based cleaner designed specifically for marble and limestone to facilitate cleaning, neutralizing damaging acids, and flushing open pores in order to maintain the beauty of this elegant surface.
Stain Removal from Limestone Countertops
If you still need a New Year’s resolution
Make keeping your limestone in good shape your new year’s resolution for 2019 and for any other questions or concerns, call your local MARBLELIFE office and a knowledgeable stone craftsman will be happy to assist you.
Call MARBLELIFE at (888) 524-3372 or visit us online to secure your FREE ESTIMATE at www.MARBLELIFE.com or to www.MARBLELIFEPRODUCTS.com to secure the care products appropriate to your surface, and your desire for an easy effective cleaning solution.
MARBLELIFE(R) Marble Cleaner Concentrate is designed for regular cleaning of marble, granite, travertine, slate, terrazzo, concrete and other types of natural and man-made floors.