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Old 11-08-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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I have cream colored limestone floors. They stain easily. I just cleaned them - a paste of oxygen bleach works pretty well - and am sealing them. Can I also wax or polish the limestone floors? If so, what product works best?

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"Sealing them" with what?

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:33 AM   #3
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What about BulletProof?

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I used Bullet Proof. It seals well, but I want an additional protection
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"Can I also wax or polish the limestone floors? If so, what product works best?"

The concept of using what you call a 'wax or a polish' does not translate well at all from doing that on wood to doing that on stone like you're thinking. I'm talking about the notion of applying a wax paste or a liquid acrylic, Mop n Glo-type of product - or even a polyurethane - to a limestone floor...feasible, yes but the results are worse than the original problem.

First off, you have a dangerous calcite surface that will etch and stain like crazy...too late to do anything about that now. So people use water-based or solvent based impregnating sealers to prevent stains from going too deep into the surface. The result is that now your limestone floor will be somewhat more resistant to stains - but will still etch with acidic spills...you'll need to hone it or polish it to get it back to looking good.

Second, let's say you now have a sealed surface but you want supplemental protection, so you apply a wax or a polish or a (?) polyurethane. So what do you have to do once that surface wears off? put more? Nope. Only solution to getting the old polish off is to grind it off. And it's best to let a pro do that for you...at a price. You're back to square one. Only $$$ poorer.

So IMO you're going to have to live with a limestone floor that resists somewhat to staining...so keep stains away from it! Adjust your expectations as you're going to have to learn to love the way it is.

Otherwise polish/hone/grind it every year depending on how bad it gets.
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So, there is nothing else to put on a limestone floor, other than sealant? I have already sealed it with Bullet Proof. However, the flooring is a little dull. I would like to see a bit of shine, along with better protection. I don't care if it is a wax, a polish, or whatever. I just want to know options.
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Well, that's all I can think of at the moment, without having seen your floor. It would take a stone restoration specialist to give you more options.

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