Decided on a Natural Stone Patio? How to Keep Your Limestone Clean and Protected

You spend a lot of time in your yard. Because of that, you want to make sure you get everything perfect, right down to the materials you use for your patio. With so many options available to you, it can be difficult to choose. If you've decided to go with limestone for your new patio, you've made a great choice. Limestone is extremely durable and goes well with any type of landscaping. Limestone does require some extra care and attention though. Here are some tips that will help you to keep your limestone patio looking its best. 

Start With an Application of Sealant

If you're going to have your contractors build a limestone patio in your yard, don't forget to add protection. Because the limestone will be exposed to the elements, it's important that you finish the installation with an application of sealant. Sealing the limestone will block out sun damage and prevent etching. It will also help prevent damage caused by bird droppings. For continued protection, have a fresh layer of sealant applied to your patio once a year. 

Don't Give Spills a Chance to Stain

If you're going to be using your patio for entertaining, you need to expect a few spills. There's nothing you can do to prevent spills from happening on your patio, but there is something you can do to prevent stains. The best way to stop spills from staining your limestone is to take care of the cleanups as soon as you can. When you're entertaining on your patio, keep a cleanup kit nearby at all times. Your cleanup kit should include a soft cloth and a plastic spray bottle filled with water. Spritz the spill with water and wipe away with your cloth. That way, you don't need to worry about the stains. You also don't need to worry about someone stepping on the spill and tracking the mess into your home. 

Keep the Mold and Mildew Away

If you're going to install a limestone patio in your yard, watch out for the green stuff. Moss, mold, and mildew can wreak havoc on your limestone. This is especially true if you let it get out of control. Unfortunately, moss, mold, and mildew will grow whenever there's high humidity and moisture. Luckily, you can keep the problem under control with the right cleaning measures. As soon as you see a hint of green on your limestone, scrub the area with a solution of equal parts water and liquid bleach. Allow the solution to soak in for a few minutes, and then rinse the area with water.