About Limestones

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What is Limestone?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed mostly of calcite and aragonite. Many limestones are composed of skeletal fragments of marine organisms, such as coral or foraminifera. Limestone makes up roughly 10 percent of total volume of sedimentary rocks. Limestone is formed by sediment from the bottom of the ocean and skeletal remains from animal life and also plant waste comprised over thousands of years.

Other limestone is formed from evaporated water, which left behind deposits. These deposits form stalagmites and stalactites in moist caves. Limestone can be compressed for thousands of years in the ocean until pressure pushes the limestone through the water and unto land to form hills, turrets and also towers.

 

What are the Characteristics of Limestone?

Limestone that does not have any impurities is a pure white or off-white. However, if there are impurities in the limestone, it can be green, purple, pink, yellow and almost any colour. Limestone is prevalent in most parts of the world. It is found naturally in the broken shells and calcite crystals that wash up on beaches.

 

What is Limestone used for?

The Greeks and Romans used to decorate the facades of their temples with limestone and marble. Since then, limestone has been popular and used as an architectural landscape.

 

What are the Different Applications of Limestone?

Limestone can be used in a split-face finish and this gives the stone a very unfinished, rough look. When this type of finish is applied to limestone, it can create a concave and concave contrast on building facades. Many residential and commercial customers, such as designers, architects, and developers like the split-face finish because it creates a dramatic effect.

Sandblasting is another favourite of builders.  A rock-faced finish may also be applied to limestone. This type of finish is designed to keep the natural feel of the rock and creates bold projections that jut out from the stone face.

 

How do you Clean Limestone?

Limestone is a soft rock, so you should not use acidic cleaners on this rock. It will scratch and damage the finish applied to this natural stone. Commercial cleaning staff and homeowners must be careful not to etch limestone, as it is easy to scratch. Vacuum sweep and wiping limestone will help remove daily debris and keep this stone clean. However, you may want to use a microfiber towel to make sure you are not scratching any flooring, shower surface, backsplash tile and more. A bucket of warm water and dish detergent may further help remove dirt from a limestone tile or flooring. However, flooring and walls must be washed again to remove all traces of soap.

 

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