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  1. White Build-up on Marble Q. I have an (intentionally) distressed marble seat in my shower. After years of use, there is a build up of white on top of it. How do I get ride of it? Thanks. White residue on the top of stone can be attributed to several things. ... Read More
  2. How To Remove Vinegar Stains On Natural Stone Q. I put extremely microwaved hot vinegar and water on my natural stone and let it sit there, thinking it would clean it, but it discolored the stone badly. I imagine the only answer is to replace those tiles. What are your thoughts?  ... Read More
  3. Stained Sandstone Q: Hi. I recently had a patio laid in natural sandstone and my builders used a cement coloring in the pointing. When wiping down with wet sponges, they have left stains on the sandstone. What do you recommend?  Is there anything we can do? Build... Read More
  4. Marble Table Flaking Q: I have a coffee marble table, and it has been stored in a garage for a year. The legs of the tables are peeling or flaking. How can I remove the flaking and add a sealant or protection that was once there? what products do you recommend? Than... Read More
  5. What To Do About Cracking, Peeling Marble Coating Q. The resin coating of our Knoll Saarinen marble top table has been cracking and peeling for the past year. We don't know what to do. Any advice? A. Some manufacturers use resins to create a topical polish, which look ama... Read More
  6. Can multi-colored stone be changed to single gray color Q. The house was built in 1975, the entry and hall is the multi-color stone/slate typical of the 1970's There are faded red, dark gray, green-gray and light gray random shapes all with 90 degree corners. Can this floor be changed to a ... Read More
  7. Minimize Earthquake-Related Natural Stone Cracking Q. We live in San Francisco and are refurbishing our town house. We would like to use marble on our kitchen floor, but are concerned it may crack during an earthquake. Is there any way to install it that would minimize the cracking? A. There a... Read More
  8. We just sealed our marble tile with a water-based sealer. There is now a light, rainbow-like film on the surface of the tile. I have used every cleaner I could purchase to try get it off, but it won’t budge. Any suggestions? Sealing your stone and tile requires that every last bit be removed from the surface. This is one of the reasons why we strongly suggest to homeowners that they think twice before doing any sealing job themselves. This problem you are describing, alo... Read More
  9. We installed a marble shower wall, and the contractor used an acid to clean it. We had it professionally repolished, but it keeps getting etched after we take a shower. What’s causing the etching and how do we correct it? I will assume you are not cleaning it with acid cleaners. There is a possibility that there is some residual acid in the grout or the pores of the stone that bleeds out when you take a shower. Try rinsing the shower wall with a solution of baking sod... Read More
  10. We have a stone building (circa 1900) that is in dire need of cleaning. What is the best time of year to schedule cleaning? This will depend in which climate your building is located. If located in the northern hemisphere never schedule cleaning during the winter months since freezing temperature can cause the stone to spall. The best times are in late spring or early fal... Read More
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