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  1. Membrane for cracked tile replacement? Q: Hello, I have a problem with a few cracked ceramic tiles in an entryway. The tiles have cracked due to cracks (mostly hairline) in the concrete foundation. I have heard of some kind of membrane material that can be used when such cracked tiles are... Read More
  2. 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
  3. Can Dye Be Removed From the Limestone Q. Our limestone fountain is dyed on special occasions. The purple dye is penetrating the limestone at the bottom of the wall. How can the purple dye be removed from the limestone? I have tried acid and chlorine. Any suggestions? A. Than... Read More
  4. How to Clean Motor Oil from Driveway Pavers Q. A parked car on our driveway apparently leaked oil onto the pavers. What product can I use to remove it, or do they need to be replaced? A. More often than not, dirty pavers can be cleaned and restored to like new condition for a... Read More
  5. 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
  6. Crack In Newly Installed Quartzite Island Top Q. Hi, the very first time I set a cutting board on the 6" hang over on my new sun gold quartzite island top, I noticed a crack 3 hours later. The crack extends 10" into the island top and also straight through the seperate 2 1/2" beveled edge. This ... Read More
  7. Why White Marble Turns Yellow: Causes and Cures Fred M. Hueston, PhD Sitting in my office one morning I received a call from a very upset home builder. He told me he was building a two million-dollar home on the west coast of Florida. They had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white st... Read More
  8. New tile and mosaic glass tile around bathtub enclosure. Should this new installation be sealed? Q. i recently installed new tile and mosaic glass tile around my bathtub encloser. should this new installation be sealed. A. Typically glass does not need to be sealed since it is not porous. However if you used cementious grout you may want ... Read More
  9. Essential Questions to Ask Your Fabricator How to Select Your Granite CountertopsESSENTIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR STONE FABRICATORWhen people are planning on getting new natural stone countertops and ask me what the most important things they will need to know about stone care, ... Read More
  10. Is there any way to get glue stains out of terrazzo? Q. Is there any way to get glue stains out of terrazzo?A. Unfortunately, no. The only possibility would be to try poulticing the stains with a potent paint stripper based on Methylene Chloride. But the quantity of the stuff involved would permanently... Read More
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