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Limestone is a natural stone which is formed primarily from calcium carbonate. Limestone is a chemical sedimentary rock which forms from the solidification of minerals out of solution into rock form. Made up of calcite, a neutral-toned mineral, often contains remains and fossils of sea creatures, varies in hardness, some softer like marble, some harder like granite, some can break off easily.
Limestone is very common in architecture, especially in Europe and North America. Many landmarks like Great Pyramid around the world are made from Limestone. Limestone is broadly used in architectural applications for walls, decorative trims and veneer. It is not much used as a sculptural material due to being porous and soft. Limestone is used for flooring, wall decoration, kitchen and bathroom counters.
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LIMESTONE COUNTERTOP PROS & CONS
Natural stone countertops look stunning whether they are installed in a kitchen or a bathroom. When it comes to affordable options for countertops, limestone top the list. Limestone countertops have their advantages and disadvantages but if we consider all the points then the overall verdict is that they are the best choice with elegance and beauty in a budget.
Harder, softer varieties of limestone available
Only the harder, denser types, especially those quarried in France and Germany, can be installed in the kitchen. They are as good as granite. Some varieties of limestone make excellent countertops, some don't. You may use softer varieties around fireplaces and in bathrooms.
LIMESTONE IS ONE OF MOST VERSATILE NATURAL STONES
Limestone is one of the most versatile stones, as it is always available in various sizes, textures and soft colors, giving a luxurious look and adding warmth to your kitchen.
USING YOUR LIMESTONE COUNTERTOP
You should use cutting boards for knives, if the material used for the countertop is limestone. It is cheaper than granite but the cost of maintenance of limestone may be more than that of granite. Trivets should be used to place hot pots on limestone tops, since limestone does have the potential to burn. Never place hot pots and pans directly on the countertops that are made from limestone. Trivets and place-mats help avoid scratching.
acid sensitivity OF LIMESTONE
Limestone is acid sensitive. Calcareous stones readily dissolve in acid. Lemon or tomato juice are acidic and if spilled on limestone tops, can severely damage the surfaces. Acidic products can cause limestone to etch - the surface finish will appear dull and texture will also change.
avoid spills ON YOUR LIMESTONE COUNTERTOP
You should wipe spills immediately and in order to avoid etching, you should use only those cleansers that are specified for limestone. You may store perfumes and other such material on a sheet of glass to protect vanity limestone surfaces.
MAINTENANCE & CARE
Maintaining the countertops made from limestone is a tedious job; because soft and porous limestone can scratch and stain easily. Soft countertops etch quicker than the denser varieties. Sealing can prevent staining, but it cannot stop problems with etching. This becomes a serious problem when dark-colored limestone is used for kitchen countertops. All types of limestone require regular application of a good penetrating sealer.