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  1. We have Italian marble on the lobby floors in our commercial office buildings. Recently, we have noticed several problems: 1. Entire tiles are evenly discoloring yellow or grey and 2) Rust-like stains are appearing in an area near the door. What is c The yellowing and graying of certain Italian and Greek white marbles is a common problem that I see all over the world. There are several possible causes for this condition:  Maintenance technique: Take a close look at your maintenance program.... Read More
  2. Stone Myths Stone Myths By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com Over the past 20years I have heard many stories about the reasons stone will fail, turn color, fade or what ever. Many of these stories are funny and almost all of them are just plain fals... Read More
  3. travertine tile bathroom Q: I have a 2nd floor shower with moisture resistant sheetrock. I want to put 18" travertine tile on the walls above the pan. Using modified mortar, can these tiles be put on the wall with mortar blobs leaving an air space behind tile or do the tiles... Read More
  4. Removing candle wax stain on natural stone Q. Wax from a citronella candle spilled onto my outdoor natural stone bench. Please advise on a remedy to remove this. A. Candle wax can present a few issues. The candle wax that has melted onto the surface and into the pores of the stone and will n... Read More
  5. 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
  6. Color Cannot Be Removed From Slate Q. The house was built in 1975, the entry and hall is the multi-color stone/slate typical of the 1970's There are faded red, dark gray, green-gray and light gray random shapes all with 90 degree corners. Can this floor be changed to a si... Read More
  7. How to Remove Excess Penetrating Sealer Q. We just sealed our marble tile with a water-based sealer. There is now a light, rainbow-like film on the surface of the tile. I have used every cleaner I could purchase to try get it off, but it won’t budge. Any suggestions? A. ... Read More
  8. How to seal marble countertops Q. I have been told by my contractor (retirement home) that I can use marble tile for the counter tops in my kitchen. And, that it is up to me to 'seal' the tile & grout. Can you give me any information as to what to do & what to use??? I've ... Read More
  9. Gray Limestone that continuously stains from wine, juice, etc. Q. We have been doing work in a hotel with over fifty rooms. They have gray [limestone] countertops for their in-room bars and the same stone for their large bathroom floors. They want a polished finish on the countertops and a matte (non-slip) finis... Read More
  10. Why White Marble Turns Yellow: Causes and Cures Fred M. Hueston, PhD Sitting in my office one morning I received a call from a very upset home builder. He told me he was building a two million-dollar home on the west coast of Florida. They had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white st... Read More
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