One thing that you do have to be aware when using limestone in your shower is care and maintenance. Limestone is porous and sensitive to acids, which can eat away at the stone. For this reason it is very important to use a good deep penetrating sealer on your limestone surfaces.
- You should wipe away spills immediately and always clean the limestone with a gentle pH neutral or alkaline based cleaner. Never use any acid based cleaners.
- Toiletries should not be put directly on a limestone surface as the oils and chemicals that they contain can cause damage. Rather, keep toiletries in the cupboard or place them on a tray.
- After using the shower you should wipe it dry it to keep the soap scum and hard water deposits from building up. It is also a good idea to only use liquid soap when showering in a limestone shower. Liquid soaps will not leave a chalky soaps scum film like bar soaps can.
- Limestone is an extremely soft stone and any type of abrasive scrub pads or scrub brushes can easily scratch or dull the the stones finish.
- Periodically cleaning and removing the soap scum will help keep calcium and lime deposits from forming which can actually start eating away at your limestone. Soap scum and shampoo deposits can also leave a chalky looking residue on the shower that distracts from the look of the shower.
Over time, limestone in shower areas may eventually lose their original polished or honed finish and will require the services of a stone restoration professional.
A professional stone restoration service provider such as StoneMaster will use diamond pads to give your limestone shower tiles a highly polished or honed look depending on how shiny you want your limestone tiles to be.
You should discuss your limestone bathroom restoration options to find out what the best options available are for restoring the limestone in your bathroom.