Frequently Asked Limestone Questions
Limestone is a unique natural stone that is often used in modern home design. Here are some frequently asked questions about the stone. If we haven't answered your question here, please email us or contact us on Facebook.
1. Can limestone be used for kitchen countertops?
Yes, but it may not be the best choice for some kitchens. Limestone is very porous compared to other stones such as marble, quartz and granite. A porous stone will absorb liquids and foods, which can lead to etching and staining. While the stone can be used to kitchen countertops, it requires far more care and maintenance than other options. Often limestone is successfully incorporate into kitchen design as an accent or backsplash, but many homeowners opt for a more durable stone for the main kitchen counter space.
Limestone reacts with anything acidic, including citrus fruits such as limes and lemons, vinegar, soda, coffee, wine, and so on. Any spills should be cleaned immediately to prevent stains and etching. Regular sealing and proper cleaning will greatly reduce the risk of discoloration.
Limestone is also a softer stone that is prone to scratches and chips. You cannot cut directly on the surface of the stone and you have to be careful about dropping heavy items on the countertop surface and edges. Cutting boards, trivets and placemats are encouraged to reduce scratching and cracks. The good news is, limestone is easy to repair. The stone can be sanded, polished and resealed, essentially returning the stone to its original state. Many people also find that the flaws that occur overtime are part of the stones charm.
While limestone requires some extra care and maintenance, many people find that it's difficult to beat the look of the stone. Limestone is usually neutral in color, and it provides a very earthy feel that is hard to match if your kitchen design calls an organic look.
2. Do you have to seal limestone countertops?
Yes. Limestone is extremely porous, so it is imperative to seal the stone in order to prevent etching and stains. Most limestone countertops will be sealed when installed, but they will need to be re-sealed about once a year. Sealers can wear unevenly over time, so coasters, placemats and trivets are recommended even on sealed limestone. Regular cleaning and quickly wiping up spills will help extend the life of a sealant and the countertop.
3. How do you clean limestone countertops?
Limestone (sealed or unsealed) should only be cleaned with neutral pH products. Acidic cleaners can cause etching, and abrasive cleaners can leave scratches on the stone's surface. You can regularly clean limestone using a mild dish detergent and warm water mixture (about a teaspoon of soap per quart of water). Gently wipe the counters using the soap mixture and a soft cloth. Never use rough scrubbing pads. Rise using warm water, making sure to remove all soap residue. Dry the stone thoroughly using a microfiber cloth or soft towel. You can use over the counter cleaners, just be sure they are made for your limestone's finish, that they are not acidic, and that they contain no vinegar, ammonia or high pH levels. Don't use any hard bristle brushes or steel wool on limestone, unless you plan on resealing.
4. Is limestone expensive?
Limestone countertops are generally slightly less expensive than marble or granite. Expect between $40 and $70 per square foot installed. A typical kitchen remodel using limestone countertops would cost about $2000 in the Wichita area.
5. What is honed limestone?
Honed stones are ground flat so there are no ridges or reflection The appearance is a natural chalky look. Honed limestone is unpolished, so the finish is a flat matte look with little to no shine. Honed stones are less likely to show scratches than on polished finish.
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