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  1. How to Remove Sandstone Fireplace Caulk Stain Q. I have a sandstone fireplace from the 80s; the previous owners had a fireplace screen door on it and they caulked around the door onto the stone. I removed the fireplace screen door and caulk, but it left a stain that I can't remove. I have used a... Read More
  2. Etched Travertine Dining Room Table Q: We have a travertine dining room table. One of our cats got sick on it the other night. The next morning when we cleaned up the vomit, because of the acid in his stomach, it left a small stain about the size of a dollar bill. Is there a way to pol... Read More
  3. Why Did My White Marble Turn Yellow Q: Why did my beautiful white marble suddenly begin to turn yellow? A: Unfortunately, this problem is not uncommon, according to Fred Hueston, Chief Technical Advisor for Stone and Tile PROS, who says there are a number of causes for yellowing m... Read More
  4. Restoring Silestone and Quartz Kitchen Counters Q: We have a Silestone kitchen counter which has developed some "dulling" in a couple of areas. One was due to someone rubbing to hard with a slightly abrasive cloth and the others are due to the sun shining on the counter. Is there anything/anyone w... Read More
  5. What To Do About Cracking, Peeling Marble Coating Q. The resin coating of our Knoll Saarinen marble top table has been cracking and peeling for the past year. We don't know what to do. Any advice? A. Some manufacturers use resins to create a topical polish, which look amazing... at firs... Read More
  6. DIY Grout Sealing For Ceramic Tile Shower Q. What can I use to seal the grout on my ceramic tile shower walls and is this something I can do myself? A. Many brands of grout sealer are available for this purpose. Most sealers are easy to apply, but it is very important make sure the grout i... Read More
  7. 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
  8. We have a stone building (circa 1900) that is in dire need of cleaning. What is the best time of year to schedule cleaning? This will depend in which climate your building is located. If located in the northern hemisphere never schedule cleaning during the winter months since freezing temperature can cause the stone to spall. The best times are in late spring or early fal... Read More
  9. The grout on my ceramic tile floor is discolored. I tried cleaning it, but the colors are now different. Is there a way to color the grout? Grout ColorSealing is a perfect solution for you. Most tile and grout cleaning companies offer this service now. One major caveat: you want to be careful to use a company that uses a quality color seal product. Some companies are out there selling th... Read More
  10. removing scratch marks from travertine floor Q. i have a customer with a scratched travertine entry floor. She sanded out the scrache marks but now has honed/dull lines. She would like to do the repairs herself. Any suggestions. Can she work her way up using higher and higher grit sandpaper? ... Read More
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