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  1. 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
  2. Gray Limestone that continuously stains from wine, juice, etc. Q. We have been doing work in a hotel with over fifty rooms. They have gray [limestone] countertops for their in-room bars and the same stone for their large bathroom floors. They want a polished finish on the countertops and a matte (non-slip) finis... Read More
  3. 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
  4. Stone Myths Stone Myths By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com Over the past 20years I have heard many stories about the reasons stone will fail, turn color, fade or what ever. Many of these stories are funny and almost all of them are just plain fals... Read More
  5. We have a polished travertine table where someone spilled salsa. We wiped it off right away but the finish has been dulled. What can we do to repair it? Q. We have a polished travertine table where someone spilled salsa. We wiped it off right away but the finish has been dulled. What can we do to repair it? A. What you are describing are not stains. They are acid etches. The stone has be... Read More
  6. I have a travertine dining room table. What should I do to seal it and how should I clean it? Q: I have a travertine dining room table. What should I do to seal it and how should I clean it? A: Regarding sealing travertine, check first to see if you require sealing of your travertine by spilling some clean fresh water on it for 5 minutes. If... Read More
  7. My marble coffee table has white stains that I cannot get rid of. Is there a cleaner to remove them? Q. My marble coffee table has white stains that I cannot get rid of. Is there a cleaner to remove them? A. Unfortunately, what you are describing are not stains. They are acid etches. The stone has been chemically etched by the neutralization proc... Read More
  8. Is granite sensitive to acids? Unlike marble, granite is not a calcite based stone and is not generally vulnerable to acids. However, some stones, even though they are marketed as granite, may in fact have calcium in their makeup. Furthermore, there is one acid that will severely ... Read More
  9. 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
  10. 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
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