Are you considering having limestone installed in your home? It is a popular choice for homeowners for many reasons. We recommend reading to learn where limestone works best, why you don’t often see it installed in wet areas, and general care practices for limestone. If you have questions or you would like assistance maintaining your limestone, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972 for help.
Limestone Can Be Safely Used in Many Ways and Areas
Limestone is often chosen to be used as flooring, walls, surrounds for the fireplace, in the living room, as a backsplash in the kitchen and other locations. Keep in mind that there are many kinds of limestone, but one of the most popular is travertine. It is often used on pool decks and surrounds for hot tubs.
For the most part, limestone can be used in just about any place that it will not be exposed to excessive water. Some types of limestone are safer than others to use on kitchen countertops or bathrooms, but as is true of just about any natural stone, limestone can be damaged by staining, scratch, and etching. This is why we recommend regular cleaning, maintenance, and limestone sealant for the best long-term results.
Issues with Limestone in Wet Areas
We have seen many issues with limestone being installed in showers and other areas in which it is exposed to excessive water. Some of these issues have included stains and deterioration. There are a few reasons that limestone does not always stand up in wet areas.
First, it contains iron and other minerals that can oxidize the surface and create stains that get worse as time goes on. Iron is part of the actual makeup of the stone, so the stains can be impossible to get rid of. Limestone is also very porous, which can allow water to get into the pores of the stone, which then reacts with the setting bed – which has salt. This can cause peeling, flaking, and other issues.
Now, with all these issues with water and limestone, you likely wonder: does this mean that we cannot ever use limestone in wet areas? No – it simply means that you must be sure to have your limestone sealed and maintained. We also recommend skipping extremely wet areas, such as the shower, while other areas with regular water – but not standing water – might be fun. This could include the kitchen backsplash.
Let Us Help You with Your Limestone Needs
If you are ready to learn more about limestone maintenance, restoration, or sealing, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972 for help. We are standing by to help keep your stone in its best possible condition.