How to Resurface Limestone

Updated November 21, 2016

Limestone has been a building material since ancient times. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was built with limestone blocks, and the stone is still popular for building today. You can use it for flooring, counters and even as an exterior surface. In its natural state, limestone has a rough look and feel. When using limestone in homes, it is necessary to resurface the stone to create a smooth, shiny appearance. Whether you work with rough limestone or need to revamp its look, with a little time and effort, you can resurface limestone yourself.

Attach a coarse diamond abrasive pad to a hand or floor polishing machine, depending on the type of limestone surface you wish to resurface. Turn the machine on and firmly rub the abrasive pad against the stone's surface in a smooth, circular motion until the surface appears to be even and level.

Repeat the resurfacing process using a medium coarse diamond abrasive pad, then repeat again using fine then extra fine pads. As you begin using the extra fine diamond abrasive pad, the limestone surface becomes shiny.

Wipe away dust with a dry rag or sweep if you are resurfacing limestone flooring. Wash or mop the stone with soapy water, then rinse with just water. When the limestone dries, it should have a smooth and brilliant appearance.


If the diamond abrasive method alone does not produce the desired smoothness, use the polisher and extra fine diamond abrasive with a honing powder. Limestone does not usually require honing, but, occasionally, the stone can benefit from this addition.


Be sure to polish away all scratches or pock marks before polishing with the fine abrasive pads. If you do not remove these imperfections in the coarse, early stages of the resurfacing process, the fine pads will exaggerate the appearance of scratches and pock marks.

Things You'll Need

  • Polishing machine
  • Diamond abrasive pads from coarse to smooth
  • Rags or broom and mop
  • Soapy water
  • Water
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