Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Limestone Tiles
Limestone is a type of sedimentary stone. Limestone Tiles mark very easily. During the laying and fixing process, they should ideally be pre-sealed. As a soft stone, susceptible to scratching and damage, it is not recommended that Limestone Tiles be used in high traffic areas. It’s worth bearing in mind that limestone tiles, as with all natural materials, will vary in shade and surface appearance.
Cleaning Limestone Tiles
Limestone Tiles can be considered high maintenance. You should avoid the use of bleach or acid based products which can erode the natural appearance and texture of the flooring. Limestone Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner.
Common Cleaning Mistakes
Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).
Sealing Limestone Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Limestone Tiles & Grout…. Sealing of Limestone Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Limestone Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life! Limestone Tiles are highly porous and will easily absorb spills – often in a matter of minutes. Limestone Tile porosity is affected by the tile finish – highly polished tiles are slightly harder to penetrate than tiles with a matt finish. Spills should be cleaned immediately and Limestone Tiles should be sealed professionally and regularly. Sealing your Limestone tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant and can provide a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours. At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Limestone Tiles and grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Grout is a porous product and should always be sealed. Once discoloured, regrouting is the best option for renewing grout between porous tiles.