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  1. What do I use to remove chalky stains on my stone? Q. I waxed my stone tile floors with Quick Shine after removing dried up salt from the snow with clear water. It didn't look the best, because I used a cheap wax mop. Then, I put bleach in water to try and remove the wax and got chalky like stai... Read More
  2. How To Remove Etching or Stains from Marble Q. I have a ring stain from a cleaning solvent can on my marble vanity. Is there a way to remove the ring and replace the shine? I have experience and the tools for sanding, painting, and buffing cars. I was going to try buffing it like car paint but... Read More
  3. 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 first. Ho... Read More
  4. Should grout be scraped before a grout color sealer application? Q. Should grout be scraped before a grout color sealer application? I want to put color sealer on top of grout that has already been sealed. Is it necessary to first scrape the clear sealer off of the grout?  A. There is a quick test you can do t... Read More
  5. Can Dye Be Removed From the Limestone Q. Our limestone fountain is dyed on special occasions. The purple dye is penetrating the limestone at the bottom of the wall. How can the purple dye be removed from the limestone? I have tried acid and chlorine. Any suggestions?   A. Thank you fo... Read More
  6. 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
  7. Can Grout Color Sealer be considered a permanent solution? Someone recently commented on SurpHaces social media, asserting that Grout Color Sealer cannot be considered a permanent solution. Here is their comment and our response. Comment: Grout Color Sealer is Topical. Will peel or uplift sooner than later.... Read More
  8. What sealer should be used to protect fossils so kids can handle them? Q. I'm a park educator (park naturalist) working at a fossil site in Canada. I'm putting together sets of fossils for use in classrooms, including some Green River fish fossils, which are in very soft limestone that flakes in delaminates e... Read More
  9. 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
  10. How to Tell the Difference Between Damage and Imperfections in Natural Stone Q. I am purchasing natural stone countertops, and I am concerned that I might not recognize the difference between naturally-occurring imperfections and unnatural damage. Can you provide some resources to help me make a good decision on my purchase? ... Read More
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