Limestone is a type of natural stone that can add classic beauty to your home when used on the floor in your kitchen, foyer or bath. Limestone tiles, like many other natural stone surfaces, must be cleaned carefully in order not to damage the porous surface. Regular cleaning and maintenance help keep your tiles in the best condition possible. Whether you're cleaning up a stain or giving your limestone tiles a regular cleaning, using the driest cleaning methods possible helps maintain the condition and longevity of your floor.
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Things you need
- Paper towels
- Baking soda
- Dust mop
- Mild dishwashing detergent
- Cleaning cloths
- Natural stone gloss conditioner
Soak up any stains or spills immediately with paper towels. Once the stain substance is gone, cover the site of the stain on your limestone tiles with baking soda to absorb any of the spill that might have worked its way into the porous surface. Leave the baking soda on the floor for 20 minutes, then vacuum up.
Dust mop your tile floor to remove loose dirt and debris. Shake the mop out frequently so you're not putting the dirt back onto the floor.
Fill a bucket with warm water and several drops of mild hand dishwashing liquid. Mix the solution, then soak a clean sponge in it. Wring out the sponge so it's barely damp.
Wipe down your limestone tiles with your damp sponge. Rinse the sponge frequently and always wring it out after applying more soap solution. Wash the entire floor to remove stuck-on dirt or stains.
Rinse your limestone floor tiles with a clean cloth dampened with water. Dry with another cloth. Buff your tiles with the cloth as you dry by moving the cloth in circular motions.
Squirt natural stone gloss conditioner onto a soft cloth, then rub it into the surface of your limestone tiles. Allow the conditioner to sit on the tiles for one minute. Buff with a dry cloth to remove excess conditioner and add lustre to your tiles.
Tips and warnings
- Make a poultice of baking soda and ammonia to draw out serious stains on your limestone tiles.
- Use only damp cloths or mops for cleaning limestone than dry the surface immediately. Exposure to too much water for too long can damage your tiles.
- Purchase a gloss conditioner for your limestone at the hardware store or a store that specialises in natural stone surfaces.
- Limestone scratches easily. Avoid abrasives when cleaning your tiles.
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