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  1. Safety of Shark Steam Mop on Stone Floors Q. Can I use a [Shark Steam Mop] to safely clean my new granite & marble floors? A. Yes, you should not have any problem with the Shark Steam Mop. Just make sure there is no metal or plastic touching the stone since it could scrat... Read More
  2. How to remove coffee stains from new granite countertops I have new carpet and it got coffee stains. Please help me guide on how to remove coffee stains from my new carpet ? ... Read More
  3. Changing the Color of Marble... Is This Possible? Q. Can I change the color of my pink marble top? I have a coffee table with a pink marble top about 30 years old. Love the table, but pink top is outdated. Would like to change the color of the marble. Can this be done? Is pink a naturally occurr... Read More
  4. Can cement tiles or ceramic tiles be installed on top of Corian or Avonite? Q. Can cement tiles or ceramic tiles be installed on top of Corian or Avonite? I am restoring a kitchen on a tight budget, and I prefer to cover the existing countertops vs rip out and replace. A. Yes, you can install them directly over the Cor... Read More
  5. 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
  6. We have a beautiful set of stone steps leading to our front door. They are polished and very slippery when it rains. Is there any treatment we can apply to make them less slippery? I am afraid someone will fall and break their neck. There are several options for making the steps less slippery.  Option 1. The steps can be honed and the polish removed. The high-gloss shine will be gone, but the steps will be less slippery. This can be done by a qualified stone restoration con... Read More
  7. 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
  8. The shine on our travertine marble floor has not looked even since it was installed. Many areas have dull spots. The installer told us this was characteristic of the stone, but I’ve noticed that a local hotel has the same travertine, and it loo Your installer is correct. Most travertine contains many holes that are filled with a cement filler. The cement filler does not take a shine when polished. There are fillers that can be used that will take a shine, however.  If you are lookin... Read More
  9. 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
  10. Restoration of Crema Marfil Q.  I have a new home (1 year old). I chose to have crema marfil marble installed in the master bath. The entire floor and the walk-in shower are crema marfil. Neither the installer or the contractor gave me any warning about care of the ston... Read More
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