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  1. Black Granite Fading - Doctored Stone Black Granite Fading By Frederick M. Hueston I have received numerous calls lately concerning the fading of black granite countertops. The most common complaints seem to be on Absolute Black, Black Galaxy, Zimbabwe Black and a few others. I have... Read More
  2. Stained Absolute Black Granite Q: I’m getting ring stains on my honed Absolute Black Granite that is a year old. We’re careful about oil or anything acidic getting on the granite, and it seems all stains present themselves in the form of ring. Please advise as... Read More
  3. Have you ever heard of Doctored Travertine? Q: In India, I have heard that Travertine stone is doctored by adding a substrate to the base of another hard cheaper stone. How can I know whether it is so without breaking it? A: Many of the black granites from India are darkened with dyes, but to... Read More
  4. I think the cleaning company spilled toilet bowl cleaner on my black granite floor and it left a stain. What do I do? Q. I think the cleaning company spilled toilet bowl cleaner on my black granite floor and it left a stain.  What do I do? A. There are several possibilities. One, it is possible that you have a stone that has been 'doctored.' Some less than r... Read More
  5. I have a black granite countertop that has white stains from what I believe to be olive oil. Q. I have a black granite countertop that has white stains from what I believe to be olive oil. I thought it was lemon or tomato, however, checked it out on an extra piece, it is the oil. How do I get that up? It was sealed by the installer (about 2 ... Read More
  6. My honed black granite looks streaky, ( from sealer application). How do I remove the sealer or do I need to re-sand the stone? Q. My honed black granite looks streaky, (from sealer application). How do I remove the sealer or do I need to re-sand the stone? A. You may have to call in a stone restoration pro on this. But try this first: Pour some acetone (the kind you get in a... Read More
  7. Why does black granite fade? Q. Why does black granite fade? A. The answer is, black granite should not fade. Black granite imported from Asia is sometimes doctored with dyes and oils to darken the surface. The fading is nothing more than the dyes and oils being removed. Yo... Read More
  8. What would be a suitable color enhancer for my honed black granite tiles? Brian Yager (http://www.desertstonecare.com) who we consider to be an expert in color enhancing suggests one of two products as a color enhancer: Enrich and Seal from Aqua Mix or Tenax Ager.  He suggests that you check Lowes or Montere... Read More
  9. We are designing a master bath for a our new house, and would like to use some type of a black stone on the floors, walls and vanity top. Should we use marble or granite? First you need to determine how often and how heavily the bath will be used. Black marbles are typically soft, easily scratched and sensitive to acids. However, they are also easier to repair than granite, and are less expensive.  Granite, on t... Read More
  10. Emerald Pearl and Black Galazy Q. I have Emerald Pearl in my kitchen and Black galaxy in my bathroom. Both are dull not shiny. When you wipe them with a wet cloth they look GREAT as soon as they dry dull. I want them to look shiny like a sheet of glass How can I do this??? A. Fi... Read More
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