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  1. 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
  2. We have Italian marble on the lobby floors in our commercial office buildings. Recently, we have noticed several problems: 1. Entire tiles are evenly discoloring yellow or grey and 2) Rust-like stains are appearing in an area near the door. What is c The yellowing and graying of certain Italian and Greek white marbles is a common problem that I see all over the world. There are several possible causes for this condition:  Maintenance technique: Take a close look at your maintenance program.... Read More
  3. We have a beautiful set of stone steps leading to our front door. They are polished and very slippery when it rains. Is there any treatment we can apply to make them less slippery? I am afraid someone will fall and break their neck. There are several options for making the steps less slippery.  Option 1. The steps can be honed and the polish removed. The high-gloss shine will be gone, but the steps will be less slippery. This can be done by a qualified stone restoration con... Read More
  4. 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
  5. How to remove white spots on marble Q. I recently washed the mirrors about the marble or granite tiles with vinegar. Now there are spots on the tiles. Is there a way to remove these? It feels a little rough on the top of the spots as if the coating came off a bit. What can I do? A. T... Read More
  6. Can you polish Mexican pavers? Q. Can you polish Mexican pavers? A. No. Mexican pavers typically have a patina applied at the factory. This patina is very thin and any attempt at polishing could remove it. I would recommend if you want it to shine apply a topical coating made for ... Read More
  7. How do you wax hone finished travertine floors? Q. How do you wax hone finish travertine floors?  A. We do not recommend waxing travertine floors or any other stone floor for the following reasons: Waxes are topical coatings which are much softer than the stone and will mar and scuff easily.... Read More
  8. Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com The crystallization of soluble salts in Historic masonry causes severe deterioration of the substrate. This crystallization is called subflorescence. These salt... Read More
  9. Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention   Efflorescence - Removal and Prevention   By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com The crystallization of soluble salts in Historic masonry causes severe deterioration of the substrate. This crystallization is called subfl... Read More
  10. 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
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