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  1. remove travertine tiles Q. I have to do a repair around a jetted tub set in 12" travertine tile landing. All the tiles are set in grout. Is there a way to dissolve the grout & save the tiles? Thanks, Tom--A. Hi Tom, There is a risk factor involved with this task. O... Read More
  2. Travertine Filling and Installation Q: I found a pile of travertine tile in my newly purchased house. It's not used anywhere in the house but would like to use it for a bathroom floor. Problem is, many of the tile have holes that go through, some as big as a dime. Is there anythin... Read More
  3. 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
  4. Have you ever heard of Doctored Travertine? Q: In India, I have heard that Travertine stone is doctored by adding a substrate to the base of another hard cheaper stone. How can I know whether it is so without breaking it? A: Many of the black granites from India are darkened with dyes, but to... Read More
  5. 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
  6. A cup of lemonade was left on my marble vanity and leaked. It completely etched the spot - sealer did nothing. Q. A cup of lemonade was left on my marble vanity and leaked. It completely etched the spot - the sealer did nothing to prevent this. A. Unfortunately, no sealer in the world would have done anything to prevent this from happening. Sealers are inten... Read More
  7. 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
  8. Can I remove etching from my natural stone? Q. Can I remove etching from my stone? A. Maybe. If it is polished marble or travertine or onyx, then there's hope. If it is hone-finished marble or travertine, or hone-finished slate (like a chalk-board), or mixed "granite" then you'd bet... Read More
  9. What is the best way to fill holes in travertine tiles? Q. What is the best way to fill holes in travertine tiles?A. One quick and effective way of filling holes in honed travertine is to squeeze some almond-colored caulking material in them. Fill in excess, push the filler in as deep as possible wit... Read More
  10. 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
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