In recent times liquid limestone has become increasingly popular as a more affordable and appealing alternative to concrete paving in WA homes. The limestone is made up from a mixture of crushed limestone, concrete and other additives mixed in depending on where it is going to be used. The advantages of going with liquid limestone are that there are no gaps so we can say goodbye to those pesky weeds and ants, and with regular maintenance we can increase its longevity. Here are some tips on how to maintain and maximise the longevity of your liquid limestone:
How to maintain and clean your limestone
It is important to know what type of chemicals and cleaning products can be used on your limestone before applying. Due to limestone being a soft calcium-based stone means that it is extremely porous and if not sealed properly, can absorb chemicals, and stains which can then lead to growth of bacteria, mould and algae.
Seal your limestone
It is essential that you have your limestone sealed to increase its longevity and to prevent it from getting damaged. Sealants can usually be found from your local hardware store but be weary as different areas of limestone may have different requirements for example limestone near a swimming pool needs to be water resistant and weatherproof.
It is recommended to have the sealant ready to go once the limestone is ready, but if you are unsure it’s always best to contact the professionals.
If you are getting liquid limestone today, ask your Perth concretor to seal it right away so you start the best way possible.
How to clean liquid limestone
Basic clean – basic maintenance can include a quick sweep or vacuum to pick up any loose dust or grit from the surface. Ensure your vacuum head does not have any sharp edges as we do not want to scratch the surface.
Medium clean – hose down the limestone to remove any spills or stains, gradually increasing the pressure if needed. If your limestone is under your patio then give it a quick dry using a mop to prevent any mould or algae growing in the crevices.
Intensive clean – apply a very mild cleaning solution and scrub using either an old toothbrush or broom to work the solution into the pores. Leave the solution to settle for several minutes to remove tougher stains like oil. For more stubborn stains you may have to repeat this process. Once the stain or dirt has been lifted, rinse and clean the area using fresh water, and then dry using a mop or cloth.
It is important to remember not to use any acidic cleaning solutions when cleaning liquid limestone as it will cause more harm than good.
There are many benefits to going with liquid limestone as opposed to brick paving, some of these benefits can include, modern design, variety of colours and patterns, and increases property value.
If you would like to read more on your decorative concrete options and how to maintain each of them, you can read our article on exposed aggregate maintenance.