Limestone Countertops: Care and Maintenance Instructions
Limestone counter tops are a common type of material, and very beautiful as well. This natural looking stone counter tops adds a very nice appeal to any kitchen. In order to keep these limestone counter tops looking nice for a long time, you should practice care and maintenance regularly. Below you can discover what your limestone counter tops require in order to keep their appearance.
A limestone counter top does not get cleaned much differently than any other counter top. The main thing to remember, is that limestone counter tops require a non-abrasive cleaner, as well as a sponge that will not scratch the surface.
An alternative to purchasing a cleaner, is to mix one gallon of water and one teaspoon of hot water together. This will create a home made solution that you can use on your counter top.
Wipe down your countertop with warm water to begin with. Then you can add your solution, or cleaner, and start scrubbing. Then take warm water to rinse the solution off.
It may sound easy, and you may be wondering why we are covering drying, however, this is one area that a lot of limestone owners have a question on.
The safest way to dry your limestone counter top is to let it air dry. This will ensure that you accidentally don't scratch the surface while drying, or etch it as well. The only down fall to this, is that when you let it air dry, chances are you will end up with water spots, which may defeat the purpose that you cleaned it in the first place.
If you are looking for a way to stop those spots from appearing, use a very soft dry cloth, and buff it dry. Make sure your cloth or towel is not rough, so it does not have a chance to scratch your counter top.
Limestone counter tops are usually sealed 1 of 2 ways. One way, of course is sealing with a limestone sealer. The other way is to use a mineral oil that is safe for food contact. Whether your counter top is sealed with normal sealer, or you have chosen the mineral oil, they both need to be maintained, and re done over time.
If your counter top is sealed with your average limestone sealant, a good estimate for re sealing, is about every 3 to 4 years. Of course, this is just an estimate. A good way to tell if it needs to be re-sealed, is how it's reacting with any stains it comes into contact with. If it seems to repel stains as it always did, you are probably ok for now. However, if it isn't refusing that stain so well, it may be time to do your sealing once again.
If mineral oil is waht you are dealing with, you will need to use this more often. Use a soft toothbrush to clean the countertop, and re seal with more food safe mineral oil.
If you follow these few maintenance tips, you are bound to keep your limestone counter top looking new as long as it should.