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  1. 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
  2. My travertine stone tile shower surround is too small for my new glass shower door. Q: I bought a glass shower door. The opening is approx. 1/8" to small. I am checking on having the glass door reduced by that amount. Or is there a way I can sand the travertine tile so the door will close.A: No, you do not want to sand the... Read More
  3. 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
  4. I just had my floors refinished, how do I maintain them? DON'T damp-mop your floor using a solution of water and stone soap. Like any other soap, stone soap will leave a hard-to-remove deposit on the surface of the stone. Stone soaps have very limited applications and, most importantly, they are not f... Read More
  5. My honed black granite looks streaky, ( from sealer application). How do I remove the sealer or do I need to re-sand the stone? Q. My honed black granite looks streaky, (from sealer application). How do I remove the sealer or do I need to re-sand the stone? A. You may have to call in a stone restoration pro on this. But try this first: Pour some acetone (the kind you get in ... Read More
  6. 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
  7. faded granite Q. I have a granite table with a laquer finish that has been removed. With the use of silica sand to smooth it and clorox and water to clean it, the grey, silver and black faded to a much lighter color. I heard to darken it, you can use a dye resin. ... Read More
  8. 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
  9. Sanded or Un-sanded Grout on Dimensional Stone Floors By: Mike Marsoun NuLife Stone Care (www.nulifestonecare.com.au) I have noticed an alarming trade practice here in Australia which desperately needs to be addressed. The root of this problem is the same as in the US where you will find ceramic ti... Read More
  10. 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