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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 progra... Read More
  2. What do I use to reattach glass mosaic tiles? Q. I have installed a stained glass wall and pond. The mosaic sits on a mortar base, redguard sealer, then more mortar to level the surface. The glass mosaic is put up with latacrete. All of this is put on to a 8 x 16 block wall. One side is peeling ... Read More
  3. What is the proper grout for exterior limestone walkway? Q. What is the proper grout for an exterior limestone walkway? Is there a dry grout that can be swept between the stone? Where would I look for stonedust? A. The proper grout will depend on how the stone is set. Will it be set in mortar or placed o... Read More
  4. 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
  5. travertine tile bathroom Q: I have a 2nd floor shower with moisture resistant sheetrock. I want to put 18" travertine tile on the walls above the pan. Using modified mortar, can these tiles be put on the wall with mortar blobs leaving an air space behind tile or do the tiles... Read More
  6. How do I prepare a poultice & use it to remove stains? Q. How do I create a poultice to remove stains? I know that to remove stains from my granite countertops that I need to make a poultice, but how do I do it?A. Here is how you do it:First, understand what a poultice is. It is simply a chemical o... Read More
  7. How can I prevent stains from occuring in my stone? Q. How can I prevent stains from occuring in my stone?A. If your stone is porous -- it can absorb liquids -- then you will want to make sure to have it sealed properly with an impregnating sealer. Sealers for stone are designed to fill the pores to ... Read More
  8. I’ve heard some people say that all stone should be sealed. Others say this isn’t the case. How do I know if I should seal my countertop? Q: I've heard some people say that all stone should be sealed. Others say this isn't the case. How do I know if I should seal my countertop? A: This is a tricky question. Why? Because not all stone was created equal. Add to that the fact... Read More
  9. 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
  10. My son spilled apple juice on my new limestone floor and now there are marks. Can this be fixed? Q: My son spilled apple juice on my new limestone floor and now there are marks. Can this be fixed? A: Limestone is extremely sensitive to acids and most likely the dull spots are where the acids in the apple juice have now etched the stone. Li... Read More
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