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Sealing Limestone in Showers Bouvard - Mandurah

If you like the look of natural stone, limestone is an excellent choice for your shower!

Limestone is perfect if you want a more muted natural stone look in your bathroom. It will never have the same high gloss as marble or granite.

Limestone however is a soft and delicate stone that must be properly maintained particularly when installed in a bathroom or shower in order to keep it looking how you want.

It is extremely important to use the right cleaning products as many consumer level shower cleaners can be acidic and caustic, leading to discolouration and etch marks. Even consumer level non-acidic shower cleaners may have the potential to blemish delicate limestone tiles.

Regularly cleaning of the soap scum and hard water deposits is essential in a limestone shower. Soap scum that is allowed to accumulate on the delicate limestone can be difficult to remove without scratching the limestone. Not allowing soap scum and hard water deposits to build up on the limestone is the key to keeping your limestone shower looking clean and new.

A high quality penetrating limestone sealer will protect your limestone from the damaging effects of shower water and also importantly keep soap scum and hard water deposits from being absorbed by the limestone.

 Bouvard Black Limestone Shower Cubicle After Cleaning and sealing

A deep penetrating sealer won't affect the slip resistance of your surfaces

is a premium penetrating sealer that is ideal for limestone in wet areas. This product penetrates deep in the stone, creating an invisible barrier against water and oil based stains. At the same time, it allows any built up vapour to escape. This product is well known because of its special molecular structure, which makes this sealer more resistant than other products.

Caring for Limestone Showers

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.

 Bouvard limestone tile bathroom shower
  • 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.
 Bouvard limestone 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.

 Bouvard hard surface sealing shower cleaning floor limestone

How can I get my limestone sealed?

Choose an experienced company with specialised equipment and expertise to correctly seal and maintain your limestone once installed.

It is also important to keep your sealed limestone clean, wipe up spills quickly and clean periodically.

Professional cleaning will not only remove surface dirt but draws out dirt deep embedded within the pores of limestone.

Get in contact with a professional stone floor maintenance company with the equipment and knowledge to ensure you're valuable surfaces look just how you want them.

 Bouvard bathroom limestone tiles

Tile Cleaners Bouvard and StoneMaster are members of the network of independent Accredited Applicators who have been fully trained in the proper application of limestone care products, offering a full service by thoroughly cleaning the limestone area to be treated, product application and providing after sales care.

  • Tile Cleaners Australia is Australia's leading tile care provider for all tile & grout cleaning, tile sealing, tile stripping & sealing, tile regrouting, grout colour sealing, and minor tile repairs. If you require any limestone cleaning, sealing, restoration or have any questions regarding your limestone their friendly customer service are very helpful.
  • StoneMaster provide a diagnostic approach to each unique situation, including a full analysis, selection of the best-required method of restoration and follow up maintenance procedures always ensuring outstanding results.
 Bouvard oudoor limestone pavers sealing

Ensuring your limestone is thoroughly cleaned before sealing is important as you may seal in old stains or dust and debris embedded in the stone, resulting in the sealer needing to be stripped and resealed.

Applying a sealer that is not suitable, or of sufficient quality will result in limestone surfaces you aren't completely satisfied with.

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