Among the many available natural stones for use in kitchen and bathroom countertops, limestone is one of the most hotly debated materials. While marble and granite are largely accepted to have pros and cons that contribute to personal preferences, limestone elicits even stronger opinions.
Limestone is created over time as shells and fossils are shaped by sand and aquatic life. This unique history makes it an appealing options for those looking for a stone with character. The material is quite durable, although not as strong as granite, and heat resistant. However, it can be easily scratched, and, due to its porous nature, it can be stained and discolored easily.
Available in white tones and light cream colors, limestone counters makes an elegant addition to kitchens and complements many modern kitchen styles. This versatility and aesthetic make it a popular option throughout homes. While the discoloration over time may bother some homeowners, many say that they admire the unique coloring that the stone takes on over time.
In comparison to other stones, such as the visually similar marble, limestone is abundant and inexpensive. Installing any new countertop is an investment, though, and those considering limestone should fully research its pros and cons before deciding to choose it for their new countertop. If you have any questions about whether limestone is the right choice for your kitchen, your countertop professionals can easily answer your specific questions.
Maintaining a Limestone Counter
Just like other countertop materials, limestone should be sealed to reduce damage and staining. This should be performed at least once a year, and water-based option offer the most protection. In addition, there are multiple cleaning sprays available that can work to seal the limestone with each use.
When cleaning limestone, never use a traditional kitchen cleaner. If you’re unable to acquire a specifically formulated solution for limestone, simply use warm water and a mild dish detergent. Never use a sponge or scratchy material, just a soft cloth to clean.
Spills should be cleaned up immediately, as they can quickly cause discoloration to the limestone. Hot pans and dishes can also burn the material, so always use cloths or other protectors. For stain removal, there are a number of poultices on the market specifically for limestone.