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  1. limestone tile cleaner Q. What is the best cleaner to use on limestone floors? The floors in my bathroom are starting to look very dirty, with grayish marks and spots all over. A. It sounds like your floors have been etched -- probably by using an acid based cleaner. Many... Read More
  2. Stone Myths Stone Myths By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com Over the past 20years I have heard many stories about the reasons stone will fail, turn color, fade or what ever. Many of these stories are funny and almost all of them are just plain fals... Read More
  3. 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
  4. Should I use the enhancing sealer followed by regular water based sealer? Q. Should I use the enhancing sealer followed by regular water based sealer? A. No. You will want to use one or the other. If you want to enhance the colors, use an enhancing sealer.   Fred M. Hueston Chief Technical Director www.stoneandtilepros... Read More
  5. How to Remove Bleach-Based Discolorations on Travertine Q. The travertine in my shower was cleaned with a bleach-based cleaning product, causing a stain. Will my travertine need to be replaced? A. Bleach should not cause a stain on travertine. You are probably seeing alkaline etch damage. A stain hap... Read More
  6. My house cleaning service may have used an acid-based bathroom cleaner on my marble vanity top and caused damage. Can this be fixed? Q. My house cleaning service may have used an acid-based bathroom cleaner on my marble vanity top and caused damage. Can this be fixed? A. If the damaged area is small and not too severe, you can try to fix it yourself with a quality marble polishing... Read More
  7. How to Remove Oil-Based Hairspray Stain on Marble Q. Hi. I watched your youtube video and need advice. I spilled sea salt hair spray on my marble counter and it left a stain. I believe that it is an oil stain. What kind of poultice should I create to remove the stain? A. Natural stone is porous, wh... Read More
  8. Did a stone-safe oil stain remover bleach my quartzite? Q. I used an oil stain remover made for natural stone on my light whitish-gray quartzite to remove a very faint oil ring. I did only one section and the area turned white, almost bleached. From what I could tell, the stain was gone. I contacted t... Read More
  9. What are those white dots on my white marble? Q. What are those white dots on my white marble?   A. This article, by Frederick M. Hueston, Stone Forensics, provides the answer.Have you ever wondered what those white dots are on white marble? You sometimes see thousands of them in high-traf... Read More
  10. What is the best way to remove ivy and other vines from brick, stone, and masonry walls? Q. What is the best way to remove ivy and other vines from brick, stone, and masonry walls?  A. Ivy growing on the side of a home or building creates a feeling of warmth, reassurance, and interest, however the tendrils or aerial roots can grow into ... Read More
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