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Using Limestone in Your Denver Bathroom Remodel

Planning to remodel your bathroom and looking for something other than granite or marble tile? You may want to consider limestone. With its interesting visual appeal, limestone tile can be used extensively throughout your bathroom—on vanity tops and backsplashes, around showers and tubs, and even for walls and flooring. And if a spa experience is what you’re after, the luxurious yet earthy look of limestone in Denver exudes a relaxing quality that’s hard to beat. Because limestone is a softer stone that’s also sensitive to chemicals, it does require a certain amount of care in order to maintain its beauty, so keep the following in mind when using limestone in your bathroom:

Seal your limestone – Limestone is a porous material that absorbs water easily. Excessive water can cause reactions such as oxidation, staining, and general deterioration. Limestone is also highly sensitive to acids. For these reasons, it’s very important to apply a good, penetrating sealer on your limestone surfaces, which will also help to repel spills.

Clean limestone thoroughly but gently – If you do spill something on your limestone surface, wipe it up immediately. And always choose cleaners that are gentle and pH-neutral or alkaline-based. You should never use either an acid-based cleaner or an abrasive cleaner on limestone. These include grout cleaners or tub cleaners, vinegar, bleach, ammonia, scouring powders, and other general-purpose cleaners. If you’re unsure about your cleaner, read the bottle and see if it’s suitable for natural stone.

Stow away your toiletries – Oils and chemicals from make-up, hair products, creams, and other toiletries can damage limestone, so keep those items stored in a cupboard or drawer, or even display them on a tray. And if you like to keep jewelry, silver, or ceramics on your bathroom counters, place them on top of mats to minimize scratching.

Dust mop limestone floors – Use a clean, dry dust mop to frequently clean limestone floors, as abrasive sand, dirt, and grit that gets dragged in on your feet or shoes can damage the surface. You can place non-slip mats or area rugs inside and outside the bathroom entrance to keep much of the dirt from entering.

Save limestone for a master bath – Because limestone can stain and scratch easily, it’s best to install it in a master bathroom where you can control both the traffic and what gets placed on the surfaces. Limestone is less practical for a heavily used bathroom in your home, or for a kids’ bathroom.

Limestone comes in many beautiful color and pattern variations—from grays to golds to the beiges you’re probably familiar with, and even to hues of blue—so you’re sure to find one that suits your style. Locally owned and operated Natural Stone Sales is a direct importer and wholesaler of many natural stone products, including limestone, and can help you find the best product for your bathroom remodel. Visit our showroom today to see the latest inventory, or call us at 303-777-7485 with any questions.