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  1. How to remove stain from cork backed trivet on marble Q. a cork backed trivet stained the marble. Can it be removed by one of your recommended products or methods? A. Yes, you will most likely need to use a poultice that you can make, or if convenience appeals to you, try Dr. Freds Stain ... Read More
  2. Getting back that honed, old look on polished marble Q. I recently (last week) had white calacata gold marble installed in my house (2nd home). The marble was SUPPOSED to be honed before they installed it. I am sick...it is very shiny...and I want the dull, old look. Is there any way to achieve this lo... Read More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. What To Do About Color Variation In Marble Tiles Q. Hi, we have a penny marble tile backsplash in our new house. In the splash back there is quite a noticeable variation where four lighter sheets of penny marble have been installed. We are aware that best solution would be to remove the tiles and r... Read More
  6. How to Remove an Etch Mark Caused by Lime Juice on Bluestone Q. Some lime juice got spilled on my Bluestone table top and it left a big dull spot. Is there anything I can do to bring back the shine?   A. Maybe. If the etch is severe (deep to the point that it looks and feels rough), then you will need to hi... Read More
  7. How To Remove Oily Candle Wax Stain On Sandstone Q. Hi. I have what appears to be an oily stain (which I think is from candle wax) on sandstone hearth. It's been there several years. Is there any hope of getting it out? I tried acetone and it did nothing. Any help for advice you can provide i... Read More
  8. 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
  9. How to Remove White Powdery Substance On Coquina Tile Q. I just bought a house with coquina tile that has not been cleaned in decades. We contracted a limestone expert (after interviewing 4 companies, 2 of which were not familiar with what coquina tile was) to clean them. They ground the floor and then ... Read More
  10. Etched Travertine Dining Room Table Q: We have a travertine dining room table. One of our cats got sick on it the other night. The next morning when we cleaned up the vomit, because of the acid in his stomach, it left a small stain about the size of a dollar bill. Is there a way to pol... Read More
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