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  1. Marble tile etched Q. I recently laid out 30 sq feet of marble tile in an entry way. The tile originally was of a high gloss polished look. After the grouting I had a persistent grout haze that would not go away. The instructions on the grout said to use vinegar and wa... Read More
  2. I just had my travertine floors installed last week, is honed finished, but I do not want a very glossy finish. How long does the enhancer last? Q. I just had my travertine floors installed last week, is honed finished, but I do not want a very glossy finish. How long does the enhancer last?A. How long the color enhancer lasts depends on how much traffic it sees and how it is cleaned and main... Read More
  3. Carrara Marble Darkening Q: On a new polished Carrara countertop, we placed a sheet of glass over part of it ...at the side with no glass covering, the marble is darkening. It does get wet and darkens but doesn’t seem to entirely lighten when dry. It also gets sun thro... Read More
  4. 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
  5. Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com The crystallization of soluble salts in Historic masonry causes severe deterioration of the substrate. This crystallization is called subflorescence. These salt... Read More
  6. Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention   Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention   By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com The crystallization of soluble salts in Historic masonry causes severe deterioration of the substrate. This crystallization is called subfl... Read More