Limestone is a calcium based stone which means it soft (susceptible to scratching) and acid sensitive. Limestone can be easily identified by the presence of shells and fossils within the stone. We normally see limestone in a honed (soft, matte) state. It can be polished but it’s definitely not as popular. If your limestone is dirty, dull-looking, or etched don’t replace it! SacSurfacePro specializes in limestone cleaning in Carmichael. See what our cleaning, restoration, and protection services can do for your limestone.
Over the years high traffic areas will become dirty and soiled due to everyday abuse. Because limestone is soft, it’s susceptible to scratching from tracked-in grit or even pet claws. Every once in awhile we come across a limestone floor which has been cleaned with something acidic such as vinegar or Pine Sol. Because of its sensitivity to acids it only takes ONE time cleaning with these types of cleaners to etch the stone and will make your entire floor dull. Choose a stone specific neutral pH cleaner to maintain your floors and prevent these issues! If your limestone is dirty or has a fake sheen built up on the surface schedule through our online booking option or give us a call to restore the original look.
Often when limestone cleaning in Carmichael we are asked to clean 10 year old limestone floors which have never been professionally cleaned. Most of the time we find residue from cleaner build up creating a false sheen on the surface of the limestone. Once cleaned the look is somewhat changed because the stone has gradually changed to its current state. We can add a little more sheen or make it more honed (soft, matte look) depending on your preference.
Another thing we encounter with older limestone which has not been professionally cleaned regularly is surface inconsistency, even after we clean the tile and grout. Cleaning will remove the dirt and soil but will not take care of these inconsistencies. We always recommend our clients buff limestone if it has been many years since it has been cleaned. The buffing will remove the inconsistencies (not the the natural occurring mineral changes) and leave you with a more uniform, clean look.
Note: Buffing can remove light etching but will not remove deep etches in the stone. We can remove these but it will require more focused work in these areas.
Professional Limestone Cleaning
Limestone should be professionally cleaned every 1-3 years depending on the amount of abuse it takes on a regular basis. If cleaned regularly, the odds are increased it will clean up better than if you wait years to address it. We do recommend you pre-vacuum the floor to remove large particles prior to our arrival.
We start with a highly effective, non acidic cleaner to loosen up the soil
The we pre-scrub the grout lines to break the soil free and leave it ready for extraction
We extract the dirt with our high powered equipment and over 200° water
Limestone Sealing Carmichael
After cleaning, we seal the limestone with HydroShield to increase the stain resistance. Out of the three most common calcium based stones, limestone is the most porous and can quickly absorb staining agents which can be permanent. We have used HydroShield to seal limestone for since 2005 and this high quality sealer will help keep your stone floors looking like new assuming the stone and grout is regularly cleaned and sealed. If you’re looking for a stone cleaning and sealing specialist, choose SacSurfacePro for limestone sealing in Carmichael.
We apply HydroShield to the limestone and let it absorb into the stone and grout
Once the sealer has absorbed we wipe down the entire floor so residue is not left on the surface
Note: On limestone with lots of coloring, we do offer a sealer which will enhance the natural coloring within the stone. It will keep the natural look and will not make the stone look “wet”.
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