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  1. 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 m... Read More
  2. Tiles popping Q: I'm laying "penny" mosaic tile on top of a heating system. I had to use a light amount of thinset in some spots due to leveling issues. As a result I have some tiles that are coming up (I have not yet grouted). I am going to use spectralock epoxy... Read More
  3. How do I care for my newly installed floors? The best thing to have done to a brand-new polished stone floor is a detailing job by a properly trained janitor, or a professional stone refinisher. Detailing means deep-cleaning the floor virtually square inch by square inch, removing all possible... Read More
  4. I just had my floors refinished, how do I maintain them? DON'T damp-mop your floor using a solution of water and stone soap. Like any other soap, stone soap will leave a hard-to-remove deposit on the surface of the stone. Stone soaps have very limited applications and, most importantly, they are not for c... Read More
  5. How do I clean my shower grout? Many of the shower and grout cleaners on the market can remove not only the grime, but the top layer of the grout as well leaving bigger holes for hard water, soap scum and bacteria to hold onto, so you always want to be very selective with the ... Read More
  6. How should I perform routine maintenance for my granite countertops? Granite Countertops will give you a lifetime of easy to maintain elegance if you use the right products -- and don't use the wrong products -- and follow some simple guidelines. It is always best to use quality products designated safe for natural st... Read More
  7. I have a travertine dining room table. What should I do to seal it and how should I clean it? Q. I have a travertine dining room table. What should I do to seal it and how should I clean it?Regarding sealing Travertine, check first to see if you require sealing of your travertine by spilling some clean fresh water on it for 5 minutes. If it d... Read More
  8. I am thinking of installing travertine tiles in my bathroom shower and would like to know if there are any problems with this type of stone in a shower stall and how difficult it is to clean? Q. I am thinking of installing travertine tiles in my bathroom shower and would like to know if there are any problems with this type of stone in a shower stall and how difficult it is to clean?A. Travertine is essentially hard water deposits in larg... Read More
  9. How can one remove hard water deposits (probably from calcium) from granite? How can one remove hard water deposits (probably from calcium) from granite (specifically Emerald Pearl)?We suggest that you first try Stonecare PRO Signature Soap Film Remover which you can get from www.stonecarecentral.com. It's a favorite of... Read More
  10. Cleaning Hard Water Stains on Granite Vanity Top Q. Do you know of a product that will get rid of the hard water stains on my granite vanity top (it's really bad around the faucet fixtures)? I look forward to hearing from you.A good quality, stone safe soap film remover will be effec... Read More
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