Cleaning and care for your limestone countertops

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Limestone is an attractive and heat-resistant choice for kitchen countertops.  However, compared to other natural stone countertop options, such as granite and marble, limestone requires significant upkeep. It is far more porous than other stones, and usually light in color which can lead to stains as it does absorb liquids easily.  Knowing  how to properly care for and clean your limestone countertops can make all the difference.

Cleaning

Limestone countertops should never be cleaned with traditional house cleaners or kitchen cleaners. Find a  cleaner designed specifically for limestone countertops.  The limestone cleaner should have a neutral pH or try mixture of warm water and mild detergent.  Always use a microfiber or other soft cloth to clean and prevent scratches.  Never use any sponges or other house cleaning supplies.

Scratches

Yes, Limestone scratches easily. Avoid scratches by using cutting boards when using knives and placing dishes and utensils on trivets or place-mats.  For small scratches in your limestone, lightly buff them out with a fine steel wool.  A trick in the Maid and house cleaning service trade, use a small amount of polishing compound, designed to take scratches off car doors on the scratch.

Discoloration or Staining

Clean up all spills immediately to prevent staining.  Acidic liquids, like leamon juice or black tea, can mean ruin for your limestone countertops.  Use a trivet when placing hot pans on them as they may  create stains by burning or scorching.  There is no cleaning that!  Another, house cleaning tip to remove stains:

Make a simple poultice from flour and hydrogen peroxide. To make the poultice, mix 1 cup of flour with 2 to 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide

Sealing

No matter who installs your limestone countertops, they should be professionally sealed. Thereafter, along with proper house cleaning, they should be sealed at least once a year to prevent staining. There is no one sealer that is 100-percent effective in preventing stains from damaging or seeping into your limestone.  But, water-based sealants seem to offer better protection. Using specific cleaning sprays that contain sealing properties may be used regularly {weekly or monthly} for added protection.

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