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  1. 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 ask ... Read More
  2. 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
  3. My travertine stone tile shower surround is too small for my new glass shower door. Q: I bought a glass shower door. The opening is approx. 1/8" to small. I am checking on having the glass door reduced by that amount. Or is there a way I can sand the travertine tile so the door will close.A: No, you do not want to sand the... Read More
  4. 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 or... Read More
  5. 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. For t... Read More
  6. How do I remove the toothpaste stain from my marble vanity? Q: I have a toothpaste stain on my marble vanity top in my bathroom. Do you suggest your product for removing this type of stain and can you give me any additional advice on applying a poultice to marble?A: To remove toothpaste stains from marbl... Read More
  7. How do I remove a plumbers putty stain from my marble countertop? Q: Looks like my installer got plumbers putty on my brand new unsealed natural stone sink, leaving spots or smudges. Any way to remove therm? A: They can be removed with a technique called poulticing. You will need to use a strong solvent such as ... Read More
  8. How do I know if my stone should be sealed? Q. Please tell me how do I know if my stone should be sealed?A. There is a good rule of thumb to find out if your stone should be sealed. Spill some water on it and wait for approximately half an hour, then wipe it dry. If the surface of th... Read More
  9. 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
  10. A cup of lemonade was left on my marble vanity and leaked. It completely etched the spot - sealer did nothing. Q. A cup of lemonade was left on my marble vanity and leaked. It completely etched the spot - the sealer did nothing to prevent this.A. Unfortunately, no sealer in the world would have done anything to prevent this from happening. Sealers are intende... Read More
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