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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. black spots on travertine shower Q. My master bath was remodeled approx. 8 months ago and we used honed and tumbled travertine. It was professionally installed and moisture barrier was used in shower. Approx a month ago, I noticed a few black "dots" on the floor of the shower (they ... Read More
  3. Hard water stains in shower Q. We moved into a new house 6 months ago that has a shower stall made with 4x4 tumbled travertine tiles. We live in Phoenix where the water is pretty hard and the stone is getting a hazy white appearance to it most likely from the hard water. We wer... 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. Spa Tile Restoration Q: I had my ceramic tiles acid washed with a mix of 2 parts muriatic acid and 2 parts water. It cleaned up heavy clacification but tiles remain smokey and cloudy. Do I have options to improve the finish other than polishing? Would... Read More
  6. How to Remove Miracle Grow Stain on Granite Q. There is a discoloration on my granite from where I suspect Miracle Grow leaked through the planter pot. The granite finish is still perfectly smooth. How do I remove this stain? The stain is the same color as the Miracle Grow. A Miracle Grow repr... Read More
  7. How to Remove Pickling Vinegar Stain on Flagstone Q. My pickling vinegar bottle (7 percent acidic) leaked on my flagstone (limestone?) floor. I made a paste of baking soda and applied after washing the floor with Marbalex stone floor cleaner. I let the paste sit for the afternoon to no avail. I woul... Read More
  8. How to Remove Wax From Bluestone Q. How do I remove a candle wax stain on bluestone? A. Here are the full instructions for candle wax stains: To remove candle wax that melted into the pores of the stone: Use a hot clothing iron (preferably one you don’t mind getting wax on) ... Read More
  9. Can Acrylic Be Stripped Off Marble Floors? Q. Can acrylic be stripped off marble floors? A. Yes, acrylic or any sort of topical coating can be stripped off of a marble floor. However, the process can be problematic, so it is not advisable to attempt this as a DIY project. Stripper, used impro... Read More
  10. How to Remove an Etch Mark Caused by Lime Juice on Bluestone Q. Some lime juice got spilled on my Bluestone table top and it left a big dull spot. Is there anything I can do to bring back the shine?   A. Maybe. If the etch is severe (deep to the point that it looks and feels rough), then you will need to hi... Read More
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