Limestone is a common, chemical sedimentary rock formed primarily from calcium carbonate. It is generally light-coloured, and can also include fossils of calcium carbonate-containing organisms like corals. It can be found all over the world and is the major type of rock found in karst features (crystal cave systems found in bedrock).
Almost ten percent of all the sedimentary rocks found on Earth are some form of limestone. Because it is widely available, it has been used throughout the centuries for many uses, from building materials to chemical additives. It is widely used in architectural applications for walls decorative trim and veneer and as Limestone is a common base material and it can be found in both bearing (structural) and veneer applications for domestic and commercial premises. With its unparalleled beauty, permanence and uniqueness, Limestone and adds true value to any home.
Although it is extremely durable flooring solution, Limestone is a soft rock and can scratch easily. Moreover it easily enables moisture absorption and, since it is a carbonate rock it will effervesce readily in any common acid and it can suffer substantial deterioration.
Limestone used as an interior flooring solution is generally available in either a highly polished finish or a honed (semi-polished) finish, both of which can become dull, worn and scratched with time. The most common problems Stone Seal encounter with limestone are loss of shine, scratching, staining and etching, chipping, cracking and excessive lippage on badly laid floors, as well as problems caused by incorrect sealing and maintenance. To properly resolve this issue restoration is required.
Stone Seal can restore your floor to as-new condition with one of our multi-stage solutions.
- Stone Seal begin cleaning limestone by thoroughly cleaning the surface using a stone-specific intensive cleaner.
- The next step requires diamond honing which will remove a microscopic layer from the surface, which is causing it to appear so dull and lifeless appearance.
- Then the honing and polishing stage commences using a combination of diamonds, abrasives and polishing powders. At this stage the desired surface finish can be achieved: honed, polished, semi-polished or anywhere in between.
- The final stage involves sealing the entire surface with a penetrating sealer. A sealant acts to help the stone resist dirt and spills which can cause etching and staining. When applied, it will block liquids from seeping into the granite and a properly sealed surface will cause liquids to bead on the surface. To maintain the finished look, it is important to use a high quality, invisible impregnating sealer. Stone Seal are experts at choosing the right sealant for the job – the one that will protect your investment for years to come. Our number one priority is to give you a surface you can use and enjoy for longer.
Stone Seal are based in Dublin and complete restoration work throughout Ireland. If you have a query or would like more information on our Limestone restoration service, call us on 01 8770436 or fill out the ‘request an estimate’ form on this page.
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