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  1. Slate installation Q: Refacing a fireplace with 30cm slate tiles. What is the best adhesive to use (only about 25 pieces of tile involved so don't want to have to purchase a 50lb. bag of anything)? Would a premix mastic work? Will I need to provide support for the... Read More
  2. 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
  3. Is there a product that will remove water rings from a polished marble surface? Q. Is there a product that will remove water rings from a polished marble surface? A. What are commonly mistaken and referred to as water rings are generally etch marks. Etching is actually surface damage caused by a chemical reaction from an acid... Read More
  4. Is there a low cost option to repair my marble table top or do I have to have the whole (huge) surface sanded and re polished? Q. Is there a low cost option to repair my etched marble table top or do I have to have the whole (huge) surface sanded and re polished? A. If the etch is very deep you may have to call in a restoration pro. However, before you do that, you s... Read More
  5. Can you recommend a good sealer for my granite? Q. Can you recommend a good sealer for my granite? A. MB Stone Care has excellent high quality sealers that are effective and easy to use.  You will first want to determine, do you want the color to remain th... Read More
  6. What would be a suitable color enhancer for my honed black granite tiles? Brian Yager (http://www.desertstonecare.com) who we consider to be an expert in color enhancing suggests one of two products as a color enhancer: Enrich and Seal from Aqua Mix or Tenax Ager.  He suggests that you check Lowes or Montere... Read More
  7. I recently had a scratch removed from my stone, but now I see a divot. Can this be fixed? Q. I recently had a scratch removed from my stone, but now I see a divot. Can this be fixed? A. What happened is when the contractor removed the scratch, the diamond pad wasn't positioned flat and consequently left the divot. The good news is... Read More
  8. We are installing 12 X 12 travertine in a bathroom. Can you recommend sealer and cleaning products? Q. We are installing 12 X 12 travertine in a bathroom. Can you recommend sealer and cleaning products? A. Travertine is a great choice for your bathroom. I would like you to download and read our Stone Care Guide. It will answer all of your que... Read More
  9. 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
  10. 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
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