Revived: Limestone floor

By Tresa Erickson

Love your old limestone floor, but thinking it might be time to replace it? Is it starting to look old, dull and flat from years of use? Well, before you rip it out, why not try to restore its luster.

In order to restore your limestone floor, you will first need to remove all traces of wax, acrylic urethane and other coatings from it. Various products are available to help you do this, and whatever product you choose, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Do not under any circumstance use vinegar or any other cleaner containing acid. Damage to your floor will occur. The acid will break down the calcium carbonate compound in the limestone, leaving behind a nasty film and clogging the pores. Moisture will get trapped inside of the limestone, and over time, it will begin to rot.

Once you have cleaned your limestone floor and removed the coatings from it, you need to apply an impregnator to it. This will seal the stone without blocking the pores and protect it from moisture. When purchasing an impregnator, look for a product suitable for the finish of your floor, whether glossy or matte.

That’s all there is to it. In a few simple steps, you can restore the shine to your limestone floor. Keep in mind that once you do this, you will need to maintain your floor regularly. Dry mop it daily and blot, don’t wipe up, spills. Wiping up the spill will only serve to spread it. Take care of your newly restored limestone floor and it will look good for years to come.

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