There are many reasons why homeowners choose limestone flooring. It's durable, stylish and easy to maintain. You can easily refinish it, clean it and buff out scratches.
But limestone is also a porous material that can be damaged by water or chemicals. You should know how to spot signs your limestone needs updating before the damage gets worse. Here are four common signs.
It Is Dirty
Limestone is made from calcium carbonate, otherwise known as calcite, which is one of the few minerals that dissolve in water. That means if you don't clean your limestone regularly, it will get dirty more quickly than other types of stone. It will also take longer for dirt to come off when you do clean it. A limestone provider can help you update your limestone flooring by cleaning it and sealing it.
Limestone is a softer material than granite or marble and is more prone to scratches and dings when compared to harder stones. These scratches can make your stone look dull and unattractive after just a few years of use. A limestone provider can help you update your limestone flooring by refining the surface so it looks like new again. They can also refinish any dings and scratches that have appeared over time.
It Has Water Stains
Limestone is porous and can be damaged by water. If your limestone flooring has water stains, it's likely that it will need to be refinished. The stains are caused by moisture in the air that has gotten trapped in the stone. As it evaporates from the surface of your floor, it leaves behind deposits of minerals that discolour it. You can see this happening when you leave a glass of water sitting on a table for too long. The water will leave behind rings where it's been sitting. A limestone provider can recommend a sealer to protect your floor from moisture damage. The sealer will also help prevent stains from appearing in the future.
There Are Cracks In The Grout Joints
These are small cracks that occur between tiles because of uneven pressure on the joints. They're usually caused by shifting furniture or appliances in the home, but they also indicate that moisture has penetrated the surface of your stone flooring. These cracks will expand and grow larger over time, so it's best to repair them before they cause further damage. A limestone provider can identify the cause of the problem and recommend a solution, such as installing additional grout or replacing some tiles. They may also be able to provide you with tips on how to prevent future damage from occurring.
If you notice any of the above signs, chat with a limestone provider about updating your limestone flooring today.