How to Remove Limescale From Natural Stone Tiles

Limescale forms as hard water stains build up.
Natural stone tiles must be cleaned carefully in order to avoid damage.Natural stone tiles must be cleaned carefully in order to avoid damage.
Common areas for limescale buildup are the kitchen and bathroom. Natural stone tiles are frequently used in these areas because of their sturdiness and aesthetic appeal. Common home remedies for removing limescale, such as vinegar and lemon juice, cannot be used on natural stone tile because the natural acids found in them can damage the stone. Remove limescale from your tiles with supplies that won't cause further damage as you remove the buildup.

Step 1

Rubber gloves protect skin from cleaners and chemicals.

Mix one-half cup ammonia into a bucket with one gallon warm water. Place rubber gloves on your hands to keep the ammonia solution from drying out your skin.

Step 2

Dip a 0000-grade fine steel wool pad into the ammonia solution. Gently scrub the surface of the natural stone where the limescale is located. Allow the ammonia solution to sit on the stone tiles for a few minutes to loosen the buildup.

Step 3

Dampen a clean cloth with water. Wipe off the natural stone tiles to remove the ammonia and loosened limescale. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until all the scaly buildup is gone.

Step 4

Clean your natural stone tiles with a natural stone cleaner to remove the ammonia and last traces of lime buildup.

Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • Rubber gloves
  • 0000 fine steel wool pads
  • Clean cloths
  • Natural stone cleaner

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.