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  1. 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
  2. How to Remove Fruit Stain on Granite Q. We have a stain on our granite top caused by a bag of peaches. The bag leaked and caused a stain in the granite. What do we use to make a mix to remove the stain? A. The discoloration on your granite m... Read More
  3. Why White Marble Turns Yellow: Causes and Cures Fred M. Hueston, PhD Sitting in my office one morning I received a call from a very upset home builder. He told me he was building a two million-dollar home on the west coast of Florida. They had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white st... Read More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Can enhancing sealing be removed? Q. The installer of my granite countertop used a color enhancing and impregnating sealer.  I wish he would have asked if I wanted the deepened color. Is there any way to return the granite to the original color and then reseal with non enhancing... Read More
  7. How do I clean zero grout lines on travertine tile floor? Q. I have a large space covered in dull travertine tile which i am planning to polish and seal. There is a zero grout which has become very dark. how can i clean the grout without damaging tile? A. There are several alkaline grout cleaners th... Read More
  8. 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
  9. How can I remove white stains from rubbing alcohol dripping on my saltillo tile? Q. How can I remove white stains from rubbing alcohol dripping on my saltillo tile? The tile is sealed but the sealant probably needs to be redone.  A. The alcohol has removed the existing sealer. The best thing to do is to strip the e... Read More
  10. How do I know if the higher priced contractor is ripping me off or if the lower priced one knows what he is doing? Q. How do I know if the higher priced contractor is ripping me off or if the lower priced one knows what he is doing?A. Ask the higher priced contractor why he is higher. If he can explain why in a logical way (other than saying the lower priced one ... Read More
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