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  1. Can tile be painted? Q.  I just bought a house that has very dated floral designs baked into various kitchen tiles on the counters and backsplash. Is it possible to remove the design and repaint the tile? I would be ok with a different color tile as long as I could re... Read More
  2. My shower floor started yellowing right after it was installed. How do I get rid of this?   Q. I have a shower floor that has small stones of different colors and it is yellowing in 3 places. This started right after it was installed. Someone told me it was iron in water. How do I get rid of the yellowing? It's in the grout and on t... Read More
  3. Restoring Silestone and Quartz Kitchen Counters Q. We have a Silestone kitchen counter which has developed some "dulling" in a couple of areas. One was due to someone rubbing to hard with a slightly abrasive cloth and the others are due to the sun shining on the counter. Is there anything/anyone ... Read More
  4. Use of neutral cleaner on black leather countertop. Q. Can I use neutral stone cleaner on my black leather countertops?   A. By black leather countertops are you referring to the leather-look treatment on your natural stone countertops? If so, then yes, of course, a quality neutral cleaner for stone ... Read More
  5. 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
  6. Marble Stairs Need Slip Treatments For Safety Q. The church stairs in our sanctuary are visually difficult for our aging population, and we want to install something that will prevent fall hazards but be more aesthetically pleasing than black grit tape. The sanctuary is designed with a total six... Read More
  7. Minimize Earthquake-Related Natural Stone Cracking Q. We live in San Francisco and are refurbishing our town house. We would like to use marble on our kitchen floor, but are concerned it may crack during an earthquake. Is there any way to install it that would minimize the cracking?   A. There are ... Read More
  8. What can we do to clean marble lobby floors in our various commercial buildings?   Q. What can we do to clean marble lobby floors in our various commercial buildings? A. The yellowing and graying of certain Italian and Greek white marbles is a common problem that I see all over the world. There are several possible causes for th... Read More
  9. What daily cleaners are available for my stone? Q: I'm trying to determine what products to purchase for a travertine shower with pepple floor, and a marble countertop. How often is stone-safe cleanser intended to be used? And what is the difference between pH neutral cleaner and other stone ... Read More
  10. Why White Marble Turns Yellow: Causes and Cures Fred M. Hueston, PhD Sitting in my office one morning I received a call from a very upset home builder. He told me he was building a two million-dollar home on the west coast of Florida. They had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white statuario... Read More
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