Limestone FAQ


Limestone is a very soft chalk like calcium based stone. Limestone is an aesthetic material that is susceptible to heat, scratch, impact, and is reactive with acids.
MBK Granite does not recommend the use of limestone as a working surface; this includes flooring done in tile form.


Durability

Q: Is my limestone susceptible to impact or heat?
A: Limestone is very susceptible to both impact and heat and should therefore be treated as an aesthetic or low traffic piece.


Finishing The Surface


The surface of limestone can be altered in many ways. Finishes other than a polish may be treated with enhancers to show the beauty of the stone through an altered texture.
Polish: A 2000 grit surface polish, reflective. Very smooth glass-like finish. (Typical)
Honed: A 400 grit finish, non reflective. Smooth surface, beautiful finish when enhanced.
Acid: This finish gives a weathered look to limestone.
Blasted: Rough textured and non reflective.


Maintenance


Limestone should only be cleaned with a stone-care product or soap and water. At MBK Granite we recommend the use of StoneTech Revitalizer; this stone cleaner will not only keep your stone looking beautiful, but will also extend the sealers protective life. Any abrasive cleaners may scratch or eventually dull your limestone over time. The consideration here is that only silicates, (such as sand and other granites), and diamonds can damage the polish of your limestone. Chemically active and acidic cleaners will burn the polish from a limestone surface.