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  1. 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 m... Read More
  2. 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. You... Read More
  3. 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 repu... Read More
  4. 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
  5. 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 this 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 Monterey Tile or a... Read More
  6. 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
  7. Can enhancing sealing be removed? Q. The installer of my granite countertop used a color enhancing and impregnating sealer.  I wish he would have asked if I wanted the deepened color. Is there any way to return the granite to the original color and then reseal with non enhancin... Read More
  8. 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. First... Read More
  9. fated granitre Q. I have a granite table whos laquer finish has been removed. With the use of silica sand to smooth it and clorox and water to clean it, the grey, silver and black faded to a much lighter color. I heard to darken it you can use a dye resin. Can you ... Read More
  10. Spot on kitchen deck Q. There are strange spots from cooking oils on a family member's Absolute Black kitchen deck. White "ghosting" type of haziness. It had been sealed but I don't know the product. Spoke with all my fabricators, none have heard of this type of thing. W... Read More
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