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
limestone tile cleaner
Q. What is the best cleaner to use on limestone floors? The floors in my bathroom are starting to look very dirty, with grayish marks and spots all over. A. It sounds like your floors have been etched -- probably by using an acid based cleaner.... Read More
How to remove white spots on marble
Q. I recently washed the mirrors about the marble or granite tiles with vinegar. Now there are spots on the tiles. Is there a way to remove these? It feels a little rough on the top of the spots as if the coating came off a bit. What can I do? A. T... Read More
Etched Travertine Dining Room Table
Q: We have a travertine dining room table. One of our cats got sick on it the other night. The next morning when we cleaned up the vomit, because of the acid in his stomach, it left a small stain about the size of a dollar bill. Is there a way to pol... Read More
What should I ask a prospective tile setter?
Q. I am going to be hiring a tile setter. What kinds of questions should I ask them? By the way, I am in California. A. We asked our Installation Technical Director, Giovanni Lagana of Lagana Tile (www.laganatile.com), what a consumer should as... Read More
Should I polish and seal my new marble flooring?
Q: Just had a new marble flooring installed (approximately 2500 sq. ft). Contractor did not mention polishing or sealing--job is now over..just told me to use water to clean the floor. I have since tried to find some info----do you recommend polishin... Read More
stone bathroom tile
Q: I cleaned soap scum off a stone tile shower with vinegar and it made white marks and streaks all over the shower walls. I can remove the sealand with cleaner but the white marks are still there. How do I fix it? A: If your shower is marble ... Read More
White Marble turning Yellow
Q: Hi. I have applied a poultice of DE and iron out to white marble to try to remove the iron. Where do you purchase a chelating agent that is to follow? A: If the iron out works than a chealting agent would not be needed. Fo... Read More