Limestone is a timeless building stone that will keep its charm for years to come if it is cared for appropriately. Cleaning limestone and removing stains from limestone will help it retain its natural beauty. Limestone, such as Texas limestone in Oklahoma, is not the most complicated stone to maintain, but the wrong products can damage limestone.
How to Clean Limestone
Cleaning limestone requires a few necessary steps. Remember to regularly clean and care for your stone for the best results.
Collect your supplies – You will need a bucket, soap, water, broom, vacuum cleaner, mop, and soft cloths.
Remove debris and dirt – Use a broom and/or vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris from the flooring. Be careful not to damage the stone with the vacuum; it helps if you do not use the spinning brush. A soft cloth and vacuum attachments will help remove debris from other areas, such as feature walls.
Clean with soap and water – Warm water with two or three tablespoons of soap is all you need. Ensure that you do not use a cleanser with a high pH that could damage your Texas limestone in Oklahoma or other limestone choices. Mop your floors or use a sponge or cloth on different surfaces to restore your stone’s luster.
Rinse – Rinse the soap off with a clean mop or cloth.
Removing Stains from Limestone
Prevention is the best way to handle stains. Mop up any spills as soon as they occur to prevent staining. If you do discover stains on your limestone that will not come up with basic soap and water, don’t worry. You have options. You may be able to remove the stain with a simple poultice of flour and hydrogen peroxide. Use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to create a paste, which you will apply and allow to dry over the stain. Brush off the poultice, and the stain should be gone. There are also products you can use that are safe for stones.
If you have any questions about how to clean limestone, contact us. At Richburg Stone, we want your stones to keep their natural beauty, and we are always happy to help.