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  1. 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
  2. How to remove calcium deposits on granite around the pool Q. I have granite tiles around the hot tub and pool and there are calcium deposits forming on the grout areas and the tile is dull. Can I clean and restore it myself and then seal it? A. It may be possible to clean and restore it yourself dep... Read More
  3. New tile and mosaic glass tile around bathtub enclosure. Should this new installation be sealed? Q. i recently installed new tile and mosaic glass tile around my bathtub encloser. should this new installation be sealed. A. Typically glass does not need to be sealed since it is not porous. However if you used cementious grout you may want ... Read More
  4. How can I get grout color stains out of my tumbled marble tiles? Q. We tiled our backsplash with tumbled marble subway tiles. We DIDN'T seal the tiles first (DUMB MOVE). Then we grouted half the kitchen and found that not only did we hate the grout color but it colored our light tumbled marble stones a yellow... Read More
  5. granite crack vs vein in granite countertops Q. i just had granite countertops installed and after they left noticed what appears to be a crack running diagonally the full length and edge. you can see and feel it yet it is not so open as to see light. the contractor says it is a vein. how can i... Read More
  6. How can I find out if I need to seal my stone? Q. How can I find out if I need to seal my stone? A. 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 the stone did not darken where the water was, it mean... Read More
  7. 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
  8. When will I know if it is time to re-seal my granite? Q. When will I know if it is time to re-seal my granite?A. To find out if your stone is still adequately sealed, spill some water on it and wait for approximately half an hour, then wipe it dry. If the surface of the stone did not darken it means tha... Read More
  9. I understand that some stones that are more porous than others and one application of sealer/impregnator may not be enough. But how will I know? Q. I understand that some stones that are more porous than others and one application of sealer/impregnator may not be enough. But how will I know?A. On granites, at least two applications are recommended, with at least two hours in between applicati... Read More
  10. How to Remove Discoloration Caused By Hand Soap Q. Discolored granite near sink. Darker near soap dispenser. It's obvious that we didn't seal it properly because it was perfect when it was installed 4 years ago. I tried doing couple DYI solutions to remove Paris of plaster w wa... Read More
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