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  1. 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
  2. Why is water not beading on grout lines after the grout has been sealed? Q. The unsanded grout used for our shower states it’s not necessary to seal grout. However, I decided to but notice the grout does not bead off the grout joints as I feel it should, even after 2 coats.   A. You may be using a poor quality seal... Read More
  3. What is the industry standard for cracks in a newly installed quartzite top? Q. Hello. I just received a new quartzite install, and there is a crack at the sink extending to the hole for the soap dispenser. The fabricator claims it does not affect integrity of the stone, since apparently it's not a full-depth crack. The ... Read More
  4. Does grout turn darker when wet and lighter when dry even with color seal? Q. Does grout turn darker when wet and lighter when dry even with color seal? A. Unsealed grout has tiny pores that absorb moisture, which can give unsealed grout lines a darker appearance. Once the moisture evaporates (assuming the moisture is no... Read More
  5. What causes spots and ring shaped marks on marble? Q. I have a marble table top with a problem, and I need to get some advice on what may have caused it. There are lots of spots plus a few ring shaped marks. The marks cannot be cleaned off. The table was delivered in pristine condition. Is it possibl... Read More
  6. 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
  7. How to Erase Marble Damage After Using Improper Cleaner Q. I damaged the marble countertop at home. The cleaner I used indicated not to be used on marble. I didn't read properly. Now, I see the drops of spray of this cleaner and permanent stains on several areas. There are little round-dots sprayed w... Read More
  8. How to Remove Etch Damage from Improper Cleaners on a Marble Shower Q.  I just finished putting in a new black marble shower wall, literally giving it its first cleaning. I had no idea that some bathroom cleaners would immediately etch into the marble finish. Please, for the love of God, tell me there is something... Read More
  9. Liquid Plumber Causes Alkaline Etch Damage On Limestone Q. A Liquid Plumber bottle leaked on my beige limestone bathroom floor. It looks like a wet mark. Is there anything I can try to remove stain? It is a heated floor. A. Liquid Plumber is a very high alkaline substance, which leads our stone expert to ... Read More
  10. How to Remove Black Rubber Squeegee Marks on Natural Stone Shower Q. I just had natural stone installed in the shower and bathroom. It was sealed using an enhancer. My staff used a squeegee to remove excess water, without using any chemicals. The squeegee left some rubber stains on the new tile. They are in the ti... Read More
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