All you Need to Know about Limestone Floor Tiling
Posted on 26 November 2015
Limestone tends to be one of our most popular natural stones here at Stoneworth Warehouse and because of its aesthetically pleasing appearance and great practicality, we aren’t at all surprised!
Limestone is a beautiful, durable and good value stone that is great to use as kitchen tiles, bathroom tiles, hall tiles or even in your living room. Whilst our customers know just how beautiful the stone is, some of you may not know the in and out facts about limestone which is why we’ve written up this brief guide on all you need to know about limestone!
Characteristics of Limestone Floor TilingAs you may remember from school science lessons all those years ago, limestone is a sedimentary rock that forms at the bottom of the ocean over a period of millions of years. It consists mainly of calcium carbonate which has its origin in the shells and bones of marine organisms. The sediment which has built up preserves the organisms into fossils through the process of intense heat and pressure creating a chemical reaction that eventually transforms the rock into limestone.
As the fundamental characteristic of nature is that it has extreme variants, limestone understandably can vary a lot in visual appearance depending on the amount of calcite that is in it. High calcite limestone tends to have a very light colour whilst limestone which has more impurities such as iron oxide, can give it a yellowy appearance.
History and PressThere are landmarks around the world which are made with limestone tiles. North America and Europe have been avid users of limestone for architecture and buildings for years and years with public buildings, train stations and other big structures built in the 19th and 20th centuries. More impressively, the great pyramids in Egypt are made entirely of limestone.
Durability of Limestone Floor Tiling
As demonstrated by the great pyramids in Egypt, durability is not an issue for limestone. Limestone tiles make fantastic modern kitchen flooring due to their hardness, low porosity as well as their attractiveness. Although limestone has oil resistant properties, it is important to care for and maintain the tiles so that they last as long as they possibly can and look great for as long as they can.
Maintenance of Limestone Floor Tiling
Maintaining the appeal and beauty of limestone is really important so carrying out preventative and regular maintenance is imperative. Unlike marble, limestone is not usually polished as it is a harder stone and does not scratch as easily. It is recommended that you have some sort of barrier matting at the entrance of your limestone tile floor to prevent excess dirt and damage occurring.
Restoration of your limestone tiles can be expensive if you don’t regularly clean them with a soft mop and natural stone soap. It’s a bad idea to allow soap residue to build up and always make sure you clean up spills on a limestone surface immediately. Along with this, more professional regular limestone tile maintenance is required to keep the stone’s honed and polished appearance.
We hope that this guide has been informative, interesting and that you’ve learnt something new about the beautiful, impressive natural stone that is limestone.