Limestone is a very beautiful natural stone that also has a great traditional value in Swedish house buildings. This is especially true in certain geographic areas. It is a stone that fits both indoors and outdoors, with some restrictions. The porous material and the inability to withstand freezing temperatures make the stone care.
Limestone is a collective name for the rocks that are made of the calcareous substance. The most common form of limestone is so-called sedimentary limestone. It is a rock formed recently, of animal remains, such as shells and corals. In Sweden there is the most and the best limestone in Gotland. Here it breaks limestone in, among other things, Slite. The stone's place has also been broken elsewhere in the country, but the business is unfortunately abandoned.
A limestone has a beautifully matte white color. By nature, limestone is very similar to marble. This means that the stone is sensitive to a variety of acids found in, for example, detergents. There are also acids in juice, wine and carbonated drinks. When an acid hits the limestone, it becomes stained.
In its pure, unprocessed form, the limestone is a beautiful and somewhat rough stone. However, it can be a bit tricky to keep clean. Therefore, a surface treatment of the stone is often done to obtain a more water repellent surface. Limestone is sensitive to both acids and salt and can freeze if it is outdoors.
Limestone is usually sanded and then gets more sparkling lusts and a water repellent surface. It is also good to paint limestone, because it is porous and so does it absorb the paint. It is preferably done with a beautiful linseed oil. The limestone can also be waxed to give a more water repellent protection and a deeper natural color.
In Sweden, the limestone is widely used as the building block and as ornamental stone. It is also very popular as floor coverings indoors in public environments and larger houses. Even outdoors, the limestone can be a beautiful garden material. It applies both as surface material and edge coatings. Since limestone has easy to four and give sharp tiles, the stone should not be used near, for example, a pool. Limestone is also advantageously used for dish sinks and windowsills. Even though there is a risk of brands in the stone, the limestone is still a very persistent choice that is beautiful in a kitchen.