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  1. Why Did My White Marble Turn Yellow Q: Why did my beautiful white marble suddenly begin to turn yellow? A: Unfortunately, this problem is not uncommon, according to Fred Hueston, Chief Technical Advisor for Stone and Tile PROS, who says there are a number of causes for yellowing m... Read More
  2. 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
  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 subflorescence. These salt... 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 subfl... Read More
  5. I accidentially left a bottle of vinegar/water on my marble vanity and it caused some etching. Can I fix this? Q. I accidentially left a bottle of vinegar/water on my polished marble vanity and it caused some etching. Can I fix this? A. Essentially an etch is damage to the stone. If it isn't too severe -- it's not so rough you can feel it with your fingertip... Read More
  6. 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
  7. How to Remove and Prevent Hard Water Deposits Q. We have a terrible problem with hard-water deposits in our ceramic tile shower. We were told that installing a water softener would solve this problem. What is your recommendation? A. I definitely agree, that a water softener will re... Read More
  8. How do I clean the hard water marks in my Travertine shower? Q: My 6 month old shower has a travertine shower pan and a combination of ceramic and travertine tile on the walls. There are hard water marks all over the tile and on the fixtures and I need to get them off. I have already tried some of the rec... Read More
  9. Hard water stains and etching on soapstone Q: I have hard water stains on my soapstone countertops. It is an extremely hard and dense green soapstone, not the softer black and white. The rings and cloudy sponge marks are driving me crazy. My fabricator oiled the countertops and said that the ... Read More
  10. Cleaning Hard Water Stains on Granite Vanity Top Q. Do you know of a product that will get rid of the hard water stains on my granite vanity top (it's really bad around the faucet fixtures)? I look forward to hearing from you. A: A good quality, stone safe soap film remover will be&nbs... Read More
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