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  1. We have Italian marble on the lobby floors in our commercial office buildings. Recently, we have noticed several problems: 1. Entire tiles are evenly discoloring yellow or grey and 2) Rust-like stains are appearing in an area near the door. What is c The yellowing and graying of certain Italian and Greek white marbles is a common problem that I see all over the world. There are several possible causes for this condition:  Maintenance technique: Take a close look at your maintenance program.... Read More
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. My new marble floor has a white powder on it. It cleans up with water, but keeps coming back. Is there anything I can use to clean it off permanently? This is a common condition, especially if the floor is new. When the marble is installed, it is set in a mortar base that is wet. As the moisture evaporates, it carries with it dissolved salts which are deposited on the surface of the stone. This con... Read More
  5. How to Clean Motor Oil from Driveway Pavers Q. A parked car on our driveway apparently leaked oil onto the pavers. What product can I use to remove it, or do they need to be replaced? A. More often than not, dirty pavers can be cleaned and restored to like new condition for a... Read More
  6. Travertine Patio Needs Cleaning Q: I have had a travertine patio for approximately 10 years installed in sand. It has accumulated dirt from not being hosed or washed. What products do you recommend to clean it? A: How to go about cleaning your patio depends on whe... Read More
  7. What Product We Recommend For Cleaning Leather-Look Stone Countertops Q. Can I use neutral stone cleaner on my black leather countertops? A. By black leather countertops are you referring to the leather-look treatment on your natural stone countertops? If so, then yes, of course, a quality neutral cle... Read More
  8. What Product We Recommend To Clean Natural Stone Q. Hello. I have just built a new home. I have Crema Alara Marble in the kitchen and foyer floors, slate in my mudroom and travertine in my bathrooms. All have been professionally sealed. I do not use any chemical cleaners. Is water and a microfiber ... Read More
  9. How to Remove Residual Acid Cleaner Q. 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? A. If you... Read More
  10. Marble / Granite Cleaning - Is it safe to use steam cleaner on marble shower walls / floors and granite countertops Q. Is it safe to use a steam cleaner on marble shower walls/floors and granite countertops? A. Under normal circumstances typical heavy duty steam cleaners are too high temp and are not recommended. Why? Because of thermal expansion and contra... Read More
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