Most folks who consider using natural rock for their kitchen and bath countertops would maybe not consider limestone as an option. This sedimentary rock gains little attention in the world of kitchen countertop.
With a little research, you will find that the stone has been getting a bad rap for many years. Not all limestone is created equal. Limestone comes in various colors from the light creamy hues traditionally associated with limestone through to dark tones and black.
Why would anyone choose limestone for their interior surface?
It’s an easy question to answer. Limestone is a beautiful natural product that is not only appealing to the eye but also has all the functionality of the more traditional natural stone countertops.
Do you know that some limestone is extremely hard and can withstand high temperatures? Limestone that is formed close to geysers is a hard rock albeit sedimentary in nature.
Limestone countertops bring a feeling of softness to the home, an expression of the nature of the homeowner.
But don’t be fooled, limestone when cared for will last a lifetime and perform as well as any other natural rock fashioned into a countertop for your home.
Do limestone countertops need more care than conventional countertops?
In reality, yes but not in practical use! Let me explain the dichotomy a little further. Limestone in its pure form is porous. However, limestone kitchen countertops are never installed in their virgin state. They are machined to achieve the finishes required, edged to provide the strongest and most attractive appearance.
After undergoing all the process to produce a kitchen countertop, the limestone is sealed for protection. I will say it again, the limestone is sealed. It’s the same sealant that is used on most natural rock countertops being installed in homes across the world.
Limestone does need a little more care than other natural rock countertops. For example, you should not use aggressive cleaning chemicals; rough scouring pads should not be used for cleaning. The use of cutting and chopping blocks are recommended.
These are the best recommendations that all natural rock countertop supplier advises for any natural stone countertop being installed in your home.
What happens if the limestone stains?
In the unlikely event of the limestone becoming stained for whatever reason the natural properties of limestone allow for some on site remediation by a professional.
Limestone countertop installation
Installing limestone countertops is definitely a job for the professionals. The countertops should be manufactured off site away from your home. This means that precise measurements need to be taken by the installation team.
That’s why Set N Stone installation team is always around to check the accuracy of the measurements before machining the countertops to fit your kitchen.
Maintaining your limestone countertops
Maintenance is a simple process, use soapy water to clean the surfaces and remove and cooking debris from your countertop.
It’s recommended not to use harsh kitchen cleaners that are acidic or alkaline in nature. No need for scouring pads, the sealant will wipe clean easily.
It is advisable not to place hot pans directly to the limestone surface, use a trivet for placing hot pans.
It is also advisable to use a cutting board for vegetables and meats rather than chopping directly on the countertop surface.