Q: Refacing a fireplace with 30cm slate tiles. What is the best adhesive to use (only about 25 pieces of tile involved so don't want to have to purchase a 50lb. bag of anything)? Would a premix mastic work? Will I need to provide support for the tile... Read More
Stain on Black Stone Floor
Q: I left a DRY cotton cloth (it was attached to a floor mop like a swifter) on the tile floor overnight. I was planning to mop floor but never got around to it. However, when I removed the mop, the tile in that area was faded white. I have tried to ... Read More
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
Color Cannot Be Removed From Slate
Q. The house was built in 1975, the entry and hall is the multi-color stone/slate typical of the 1970's There are faded red, dark gray, green-gray and light gray random shapes all with 90 degree corners. Can this floor be changed to a si... Read More
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
What Product We Recommend To Clean Natural Stone
Q. Hello. I have just built a new home. I have Crema Alara Marble in the kitchen and foyer floors, slate in my mudroom and travertine in my bathrooms. All have been professionally sealed. I do not use any chemical cleaners. Is water and a microfiber ... Read More
Can enhancing sealing be removed?
Q. The installer of my granite countertop used a color enhancing and impregnating sealer. I wish he would have asked if I wanted the deepened color. Is there any way to return the granite to the original color and then reseal with non enhancing... Read More
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 better hire a... Read More