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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. 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
  6. How to Remove Pickling Vinegar Stain on Flagstone Q. My pickling vinegar bottle (7 percent acidic) leaked on my flagstone (limestone?) floor. I made a paste of baking soda and applied after washing the floor with Marbalex stone floor cleaner. I let the paste sit for the afternoon to no avail. I woul... Read More
  7. How to Remove Wax From Bluestone Q. How do I remove a candle wax stain on bluestone? A. Here are the full instructions for candle wax stains: To remove candle wax that melted into the pores of the stone: Use a hot clothing iron (preferably one you don’t mind getting wax on) ... Read More
  8. How To Remove Coffee Stain On Porcelain Tile Q. I spilled some coffee in my tile and it won‘t come off. I tried floor cleaning solution, vinegar and water, vinegar and baking soda, watered bleach, hydrogen peroxide. Nothing seems to work. I am pretty sure it is porcelain tile. Once you c... Read More
  9. 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
  10. 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
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