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Limestone can make for an extremely elegant countertop surface. It has a luxurious appearance that makes it popular among many designers and homeowners. Many believe it to be a very sophisticated building material, and find that the presence of it in a home can only help a sale. Limestone can add warmth, beauty, and uniqueness to any space at a price point that is less than most other natural stones. Another appeal to this stone is Limestone’s unique origin.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock which is largely composed of the minerals Calcite and Aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate. Most Limestone is also composed of skeletal fragments of marine organisms (shells and fossils) and is shaped by sand and aquatic life. Most cave systems are made from Limestone bedrock, and Limestone is also what forms the stalagmites and stalactites. The first geologist to distinguish Limestone from Dolomite was Belsazar Hacquet in 1778.
Limestone varies in hardness, with some variances being soft like marble, and others hard like granite. Limestone being soft like marble, and also being a calcium based stone like marble, the considerations that one would make with marble are the same with Limestone.
SCRATCHES ON LIMESTONE COUNTERTOPS:
Limestone scratches easily. To avoid scratches always use a cutting board when preparing any foods, and also place trivets or placemats under any utensils, dishes, pots, and pans that might potentially scratch the surface. Light, small scratches can be buffed out with a fine steel wool, and you could also use a small amount of grout to fill in the small scratch.
STAINING ON LIMESTONE COUNTERTOPS:
To prevent staining, all spills must be wiped up immediately. Aside from liquids, hot pans can also cause stains by burning the surface of the Limestone. Never place hot pans directly on the surface, always use a trivet. Stains and discoloration can be removed my making a poultice of 1 cup flour and 2-3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide.
ETCHING ON LIMESTONE COUNTERTOPS:
Limestone is particularly susceptible to acidic liquids that cause etch marks on the stone. Avoid any contact with acidic fruit juices and cleaning products. Periodic sealing with a penetrating sealer will help to prevent etching, as well as staining.
You will want to consider the care that goes into maintaining a Limestone countertop before choosing to install it. Choosing a Honed finish will make any etching, scratching, and buffed out stains look much less noticeable. Harder, denser types of Limestone, like those quarried in France and Germany, are preferred for kitchen countertops, as they will hold up better over time. Softer types of Limestone are more commonly used in bathrooms and around fireplaces. Also consider that lighter colors will show fewer scratches and texture damage, and darker colors will be better for hiding stains.
Despite some of the disadvantages to Limestone, many homeowners still prefer it because it is an investment well made that will increase the value of a home. It is often chosen because it resembles marble in many aspects besides price.
Please visit one of our locations in Northern Virginia or Maryland to choose your limestone countertops. We are conveniently located in Chantilly VA, Fairfax VA, Elkridge MD, and Crofton MD