Limestone Bathroom Floor Restoration (Why Limestone is a great choice)
Limestone flooring is a perfect choice for a bathroom; it’s light, natural and adds a sense of elegance to finish off that special room in the house that has fast become a retreat as well as a functional area.
The great thing about Limestone flooring is that once laid it can literally last for as long as the house stands and beyond. Reclaimed Limestone is very popular and makes a great addition to any room.
When the Limestone floor has been down for some time and depending upon the level of Limestone floor cleaning and maintenance that has been provided, you may find that the stone has become worn or pitted.
This happens for a number of reasons but some of the most common are spillages of chemicals or cosmetics, a build up of limescale from hard water and generally concentrated wear in areas around sinks, bath/showers and the WC.
Another common phenonomum that occurs is a dislodging of the grout between the tiles. This is often due to slight expansion of the stone where under floor heating has been installed.
All of the above issues amount to a scenario where the floor no longer looks its best and will require either a deep clean or full Limestone floor restoration .
The great news is unlike other flooring that may have to be replaced in time Limestone can be refinished again and again. Each time it will look as good as the day it was laid.
When approaching the task of restoring the Limestone floor, the first task to tackle is the grout. If the grout has become dislodged or discoloured it is best to remove the old grout by raking it out using a special tool. Be careful here not to be too heavy handed as there may be a risk of chipping or cracking the tiles.
When the old grout has been removed the floor can be re-grouted. It will require drying time for the new grout to cure, so it’s best to leave the remaining works for at least twenty four hours.
The Limestone floor will then require either a light re-surface or in circumstances of sever wear or staining a deeper grinding to remove more of the surface.
Both methods will require stone grinding equipment which can be purchased or hired. Seek advice on the range of diamond pads or disks that are required. These products range from metal or resin disks to various grades of diamond impregnated cleaning pads.
The edges of the floor should be cleaned or grinded first, then the main floor area. The grinding or floor deep cleaning is achieved in stages, starting with the most course pad or disk and then working through the range of grades until the floor is honed or polished to its required finish.
An impregnating stone sealer should be added to the floor; this will be absorbed by the stone and will offer ongoing protection against most types of stains.
Once the process is complete the floor will require thorough cleaning to remove any remaining residue. It can then be lightly buffed using a white pad or cloth.