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  1. marble needing acid washing for care Q. A tile merchant told me that you re-seal polished marble yearly and after 2 to 3 years you have to have it acid washed. Considering marble for bathtub surround walls and floor. Is travertine any less care? Live in hard water area. A. The frequen... Read More
  2. Spa Tile Restoration Q: I had my ceramic tiles acid washed with a mix of 2 parts muriatic acid and 2 parts water. It cleaned up heavy clacification but tiles remain smokey and cloudy. Do I have options to improve the finish other than polishing? Would... Read More
  3. Can Dye Be Removed From the Limestone Q. Our limestone fountain is dyed on special occasions. The purple dye is penetrating the limestone at the bottom of the wall. How can the purple dye be removed from the limestone? I have tried acid and chlorine. Any suggestions? A. Than... Read More
  4. Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com The crystallization of soluble salts in Historic masonry causes severe deterioration of the substrate. This crystallization is called subflorescence. These salt... Read More
  5. Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention   Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention   By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com The crystallization of soluble salts in Historic masonry causes severe deterioration of the substrate. This crystallization is called subfl... Read More
  6. How to Remove Residual Acid Cleaner Q. We installed a marble shower wall, and the contractor used an acid to clean it. We had it professionally repolished, but it keeps getting etched after we take a shower. What’s causing the etching and how do we correct it? A. If you... Read More
  7. My housecleaning service may have used an acid-based bathroom cleaner on my marble vanity top and caused damage. Can this be fixed? Q. My housecleaning service may have used an acid-based bathroom cleaner on my marble vanity top and caused damage. Can this be fixed? A. If the damaged area is small and not too severe, you can try to fix it yourself with a quality marble polishing... Read More
  8. Is granite sensitive to acids? Unlike marble, granite is not a calcite based stone and is not generally vulnerable to acids. However, some stones, even though they are marketed as granite, may in fact have calcium in their makeup. Furthermore, there is one acid that will severely ... Read More
  9. Powdery residue on limestone despite many washings Q. Our installer grinded off the top layer of our limestone floor and since then we have repeated powdery residue on limestone despite numerous washings and sealings/impregnatings. Why is this and can this be fixed as I don't want to have white powde... Read More
  10. How to remove stain on bathroom stone tiles Q. I hired a cleaner and she used limeaway with mold control from Clorox. And it appeared to have left white stains in my bathroom stone tiles. These don‘t wash away with water. What should I do? A. Unfortunately, this is not a stain that you a... Read More
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