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  1. Cleaning Marble - Etching, Rings and Damage on Marble Surface Q. I have a marble countertop in my bathroom. In a panic I put comet on a stain and took the finish off. How can I get the finish back? Also, I have a few ring marks. How get I get rid of them. Thank you Evelyn A. If the damage to the surface is not... Read More
  2. Is there a low cost option to repair my marble table top or do I have to have the whole (huge) surface sanded and re polished? Q. Is there a low cost option to repair my etched marble table top or do I have to have the whole (huge) surface sanded and re polished? A. If the etch is very deep you may have to call in a restoration pro. However, before you do that, you s... Read More
  3. Is there a product that will remove water rings from a polished marble surface? Q. Is there a product that will remove water rings from a polished marble surface? A. What are commonly mistaken and referred to as water rings are generally etch marks. Etching is actually surface damage caused by a chemical reaction from an acidi... Read More
  4. I know that I can use mineral oil on my soapstone to age, or give a nice patina to my soapstone, but how do I remove the excess mineral oil from the surface of the stone? You can use denatured alcohol or acetone but the preferred choice would be to not use so much mineral oil that you would have to do this. Ideally, if you use a clean rag or good quality paper towel after the application and rub, rub, rub, any little ... Read More
  5. How to Remove Excess Penetrating Sealer Q. We just sealed our marble tile with a water-based sealer. There is now a light, rainbow-like film on the surface of the tile. I have used every cleaner I could purchase to try get it off, but it won’t budge. Any suggestions? A. ... Read More
  6. I have Ubatuba granite & it is filmy, looks dull & leaves water spots on it when I wipe it. How can I fix this? Q.  I have Ubatuba granite & it is filmy, looks dull & leaves water spots on it when I wipe it. How can I fix this? A. It is not the stone itself that is the problem but something on the surface of the stone. You may have either a ... Read More
  7. How to Remove Plaster Stains on Slate Q. When we had our new slate hearth put in a few years ago we also had our living room plastered the following day. The plasterer did not put any protective dust sheets down which resulted in our beautiful new hearth being stained with plaster soluti... Read More
  8. Excess Travertine Sealer Should Be Removed Q. My bathroom needs to be stripped and resealed. The brand new travertine was sealed with a water-based sealant by the contractor, and it has turned the beautiful tile into a mess. I have 160 sq ft on the floor, 100 sq ft on shower walls, and 28 sq ... Read More
  9. How to Remove Candle Wax Marks on Bluestone Q. How do I remove melted wax rings from candles on a Bluestone outside fireplace mantle?   A. Bluestone is porous, so the candle wax has made its way into the pores of the stone. This will need to be removed first, and then if any staining has been... Read More
  10. Liquid Plumber Causes Alkaline Etch Damage On Limestone Q. A Liquid Plumber bottle leaked on my beige limestone bathroom floor. It looks like a wet mark. Is there anything I can try to remove stain? It is a heated floor. A. Liquid Plumber is a very high alkaline substance, which leads our stone expert to ... Read More
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