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All About Dijon Limestone

13 September

Dijon limestone tumbled tiles continue to lead the popularity stakes in our tumbled stone tile ranges. It’s a lovely beige limestone with intricate grey fossil-like detail on a soft beige background and its antiqued surface and worn edges make it look as though it's been worn over many years. Suitable for a variety of uses, this durable limestone is perfect for kitchen floors and large open plan living spaces, but works just as well in small country cottages.

Dijon limestone is a sedimentary rock formed from compacted and compressed fossils, such as ammonites, ammonite jaws (aptychii), feather stars and sea lilies (crinoids), but can also include bivalves, sponges, barrier reef-building algae and corals, belemnites, sea urchins (echinoids) and plant material. The outlines of animal tracks and burrows, from creatures such as sea worms, are also preserved. There may also be veins of calcite which have the technical name of stylolites in place; their presence is natural and they are common in many limestones and marbles while not reflecting a defect or natural weakness in the rock.

Dijon limestone tiles will have started out as large blocks of rock roughly 3m x 2m. At source, these blocks are carefully inspected for cracks and flaws and tested for hardness, colour and durability before being transported to a manufacturing plant. Here, they are cut into slabs which are, in turn, cut into tiles. It's at this point that StoneStore pay independent inspectors to visit the plants and ensure quality is as expected.

On passing inspection, the tiles are securely packed in crates and shipped to our warehouse. Buying direct from the quarry by the container load ensures we are able to control the process from quarry, to shipping, into our warehouse, and to your site.

The natural worn look of tumbled limestone is achieved by packing regular cut tiles into a tumbling machine with small pieces of rock and tumbled, much like a domestic tumble dryer albeit on a commercial scale. As the tiles and rock grind against each other the surface is given texture, and fragments are knocked of the edges and corners to give the tile their signature feature.

As part of our range, our 15mm thick Dijon limestone tiles are available in the standard size of 600x400mm, the impressive 900 x 600mm, and 600 x free-length. The free-length format tile is a standard width with random length enhancing the authentic aged appearance.

The cutting and tumbling process leaves the tiles with a chalk like dust which should removed with a suitable stone tile cleaner such as LTP Grimex. All natural stone tiles are porous, therefore our Dijon tumbled limestone tiles should be sealed with LTP Mattstone impregnating sealer to help protect against grime and staining. Sealing the tiles also helps with general maintenance, and cleaning with LTP Waxwash will keep your installation looking good.

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