You knew that Limestone is a sedimentary rock with a smooth, granular surface of varying hardness, right? You also knew that it can be installed on your countertops, floors and other tiled surfaces. If ever you have installed a limestone in your home, you are aware that it also needs some polishing, correct? But, let me just inform you that even if it can be polished, it still cannot have the same result/shine with marble or granite.
The good news is Limestone requires less effort to polish than the two mentioned earlier. When you polish the limestone tiles, it will bring out the natural features of the tiles. They also require regular cleaning and maintenance.
Do you want to know the right way to polish your limestone? Here are some tips for you:
Wash the surface of the limestone with a pH-neutral stone cleaner using a sponge.
Rinse the surface with water.
– Polish the limestone surface with a hand polisher on a slow speed using a 3000-grit diamond pad.
– The movement should be in an oval pattern counterclockwise for 15 to 30 seconds.
– Repeat the process if you think it still requires more polishing. Just make sure the surface is slightly wet.
– Remove the 3000-grit diamond pad.
– Rinse the surface again with water using a sponge.
– Install an 11000-grit diamond pad to the polisher. Polish the limestone on a slow speed.
– Do an oval pattern movement and it should also be counterclockwise for 15 to 30 seconds.
– Repeat if you are still not contented with the result. Remember to keep the surface of the limestone slightly wet.
– Remove the 1100-girt pad to complete the polishing process.
– Rinse the limestone surface with water and sponge then allow it to air dry.
Remember to clean your limestone tiles regularly with a pH-neutral stone cleaner to maintain it. Don’t forget, wear eye and hand protection when polishing the limestone.
Moreover, I will also provide you some information on how to seal limestone tiles.
– Mix the sealant with 205 litre drums and stirred thoroughly before applying it. Make sure the Limestone blocks are free from mortar splashings and stains. Protect the face surface of the stone at all times against damages.
– Power wash the limestones with a low pressure fan spray to clean the pores before applying a sealant. Ensure that stones are touched dry before sealant application. Rinse from top to bottom.
– Make sure the mortar is already hard before washing or sealing the limestones.
– SEALANTS MUST BE APPLIED TO STONE WORKS ONLY. Make sure that the site is free from dust during washing and sealing.
– There are two ways for applying a sealant. The first one is by using an airless spraygun. The sealant must be applied in ONE heavy coat only to avoid run marks. And the second one is by using flood coat. Each block must be saturated with sealant starting at the top and working down the wall. It should not be double coated.
– Let it dry for 24 hours.
– Allow two months for product to cure.
– Wash out hose lines with clean water once done using.
Are you ready to seal and polish your limestone tiles? If not, then ask Limestone blocks – Bruhn Limestone to do it. They are experts in limestone blocks installation, sealing and polishing. They even manufacture Bruhn limestones!
About the Author:
Charlotte Taylor is a marketing specialist based in Australia and is interested in budget-friendly home improvement and building projects using limestone blocks, retaining walls and other limestone products. She has been interested in the home renovations and building industry since 2008.