Whether you have limestone paving inside or outside your home there is no doubt that you will want to ensure that it is kept in the greatest condition so that you can get the most out of it. Luckily for you in line with this today we are going to be offering some great limestone cleaning and maintenance tips so that you can keep your limestone looking fresh and clean. Keep on reading to find out how…
Limestone Cleaning Tips
First of all you must ensure that you have all of the appropriate limestone cleaning supplies. You should make sure that you have a vacuum, a broom, a dry mop, a sponge mop, specific limestone cleaning products, sealant, white flour and hydrogen peroxide.
There are many different methods available when it comes to cleaning limestone; we are now going to explain a few of these to you. You will have to examine your limestone areas to see which methods you deem most suitable…
Sweeping, dry-wiping and vacuuming your limestone
Vacuuming your limestone will enable you to remove sand and bits of dirt from small crack and crevices, however when choosing to vacuum limestone you must ensure that you turn of the spinning brush. If you are wary about using a vacuum on your limestone you can also use a dry mop or broom to eliminate excess dirt and sand. You should always do this before wet cleaning so that when wet cleaning bits of dirt aren’t dragged and scrapped across your tiles.
Wet cleaning your limestone
To wet clean your limestone simply fill a bucket with hot water and limestone cleaning products (or washing up liquid) and mop the surface with the solution, allowing some time so that the dirt can get broken down.
Removing stains from limestone
Before attempting to remove stains from limestone you should complete the previous two steps so that you have a clean surface to work with. To remove stains from limestone you should use a recommended stain-removal product, following instructions impeccably. You can also opt to make your own poultice using flour and hydrogen peroxide – leaving it to dry before cleaning it away.
Rinsing your limestone tiles
After cleaning limestone and removing stains from limestone tiles it is vital that you rinse them to make them shine once again. This can be done with a mop and warm water.
Steaming your limestone tiles
It is completely up to you whether you carry out this step, however many people choose to. If you wish to steam your limestone tiles you could either consider renting a steamer or buying one.
Re-applying sealer to your limestone paving
Examine your limestone paving to determine whether sealer reapplication is required in any areas. If it is you must use a high quality sealer, following instructions given. If you are unsure as to whether your limestone needs resealing a good way of testing is to drop some water onto a tile and wait for five minutes to see if the water absorbs – if it does, your limestone needs resealing.