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  1. Replacement tiles are lighter than the surrounding tiles. Is there a way to make the new tiles look darker? Q. Help!!! I have honed crema marfil marble. I had a plumber relocate my sink, which required the destruction at least 4 tiles. I purchased tiles to replace the four, however, they are much lighter than what has been already installed. Is there any w... Read More
  2. 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
  3. How do I clean my travertine and granite counters? Q: We are preparing our house for sale and have installed beautiful granite counters in the kitchen, and what our installer tells us is Travertine in the bathroom on a ready-made cabinet. The granite was professionally sealed and is a wonderful addit... Read More
  4. Is it safe to use acetone to clean the haze off of my granite? Q: I recently had ghibli granite countertops/backsplash installed and noticed a smearing/haze that looks like the granite was not thoroughly cleaned prior to being sealed. I took a rag and acetone and cleaned an area of the backsplash and resealed... Read More
  5. I applied a sealer twice, but the stone still darkens. Should I seal it again? Q. I applied a sealer twice, but the stone still darkens when it gets wet. Should I seal it again? A. If your stone still darkens when your pour water onto it (rather than just beading up), then it should have another application of sealer. Some st... Read More
  6. My honed black granite looks streaky, ( from sealer application). How do I remove the sealer or do I need to re-sand the stone? Q. My honed black granite looks streaky, (from sealer application). How do I remove the sealer or do I need to re-sand the stone? A. You may have to call in a stone restoration professional on this. But first try this: Pour some acetone (the kind you... Read More
  7. Does a travertine table top need to be sealed and how do I clean it? Q. I have a travertine dining room table. What should I do to seal it and how should I clean it? A. Regarding sealing travertine, check first to see if sealing is required. Begin by spilling some clean fresh water on it and leave it for 30 minutes. N... Read More
  8. How can I find out if I need to seal my stone? Q. How can I find out if I need to seal my stone? A. To find out if your stone should be sealed, spill some water on it and wait for approximately half an hour, then wipe it dry. If the surface of the stone did not darken where the water was, it mean... Read More
  9. How To Treat Both Organic and Inorganic Stains Q. How do I treat an organic or inorganic stain?A. The chemical of choice for both organic and inorganic stains is hydrogen peroxide (30/40 volumes, the clear type – available at your local beauty salon. The one from the drugstore is too weak, at 3... Read More
  10. How do I treat an oily stain on my granite or marble? Q. How do I treat an oily stain on my granite or marble?A. For oily stains our favorite is acetone, which is available at any hardware or paint store. Forget your nail polish remover. Some of them contain other chemicals, and others contain no aceton... Read More
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