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  1. 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
  2. How To Remove WD-40 Stain On Unsealed Limestone Q. How would I remove a WD40 stain from an unsealed limestone hearth? A.  To remove WD-40 from unsealed limestone, we recommend the poultice method of stain removal. Mix a good degreaser, which can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s, ... 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 provid... Read More
  4. How should I care for my natural stone floors? Q. How should I care for my natural stone floors? A. First, invest in quality cleaning tools. A cleaning chore—any cleaning chore—is never a matter of a cleaning product only. The implements—cleaning rag, paper towel, scrubbing pa... Read More
  5. The shine on our travertine marble has not looked even since it was installed. The installer told us that this was characteristic of the stone. Is this true? Q. The shine on our travertine marble has not looked even since it was installed. The installer told us that this was characteristic of the stone. Is this true? A. Your installer is correct. Most travertine contains many holes that are filled with a... Read More
  6. Should I seal my natural stone surfaces in my new bathroom? Q. I'm totally confused and need help. I'm looking to redo my bathroom and getting different answers on the use of stone tiles for the bathroom and shower. I have been told everything from it is very easy to seal and should only to be do... Read More
  7. How to Remove White Powdery Substance On Coquina Tile Q. I just bought a house with coquina tile that has not been cleaned in decades. We contracted a limestone expert (after interviewing 4 companies, 2 of which were not familiar with what coquina tile was) to clean them. They ground the floor and then... Read More
  8. How should I perform routine maintenance for my granite countertops? Q. How should I perform routine maintenance for my granite countertops? A. Granite countertops will give you a lifetime of easy to maintain elegance if you use the right products. Don't use the wrong products. Be sure that you follow some simple... Read More
  9. After a leak, how long will it take for darkened marble tiles to lighten up? Q. We had mosaic marble tiles installed in our bathroom about a month ago and recently noticed the tiles about 12 inches around the toilet were a darker gray color than the rest of the floor due to a leak in the wax seal when the toilet was replaced... Read More
  10. Why are there water streaks on my granite? Q.  Hi. I just had a question about being able to remove some water stains on a granite countertop. I worked in August on two tables, which are granite and the white, somewhat sparkly you know, on it. It seems like they were retaining the water st... Read More
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