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  1. I just had my floors refinished, how do I maintain them? DON'T damp-mop your floor using a solution of water and stone soap. Like any other soap, stone soap will leave a hard-to-remove deposit on the surface of the stone. Stone soaps have very limited applications and, most importantly, they are not for cl... Read More
  2. Can you please provide some definition of Sealer for Stone? Q. Can you please provide some definition of Sealer for Stone?A. Excellent question! For starters, when referring to stone, the word sealer is wrong. Well, technically it is not, but the reason why I said that it is wrong is because sealers for stone... Read More
  3. How To Remove Oily Candle Wax Stain On Sandstone Q. Hi. I have what appears to be an oily stain (which I think is from candle wax) on sandstone hearth. It's been there several years. Is there any hope of getting it out? I tried acetone and it did nothing. Any help for advice you can provide i... Read More
  4. Stained Sandstone Q: Hi. I recently had a patio laid in natural sandstone and my builders used a cement coloring in the pointing. When wiping down with wet sponges, they have left stains on the sandstone. What do you recommend?  Is there anything we can do? Build... Read More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  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 subfl... 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. I applied a sealer twice, but the stone still darkens. Should I seal it again? Q. I applied a sealer twice, but the stone still darkens when it gets wet. Should I seal it again? A. If your stone still darkens when your pour water onto it (rather than just beading up), then it should have another application of sealer. Som... Read More
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