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  1. How to Remove White Build-up on Marble Q. I have an (intentionally) distressed marble seat in my shower. After years of use, there is a build up of white on top of it. How do I get ride of it? Thanks.   A. White residue on the top of stone can be attributed to several things. Ask thes... Read More
  2. 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
  3. travertine tile bathroom Q. I have a 2nd floor shower with moisture resistant sheetrock. I want to put 18" travertine tile on the walls above the pan. Using modified mortar, can these tiles be put on the wall with mortar blobs leaving an air space behind tile or do the tiles... Read More
  4. Stone Myths Stone Myths By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com Over the past 20years I have heard many stories about the reasons stone will fail, turn color, fade or what ever. Many of these stories are funny and almost all of them are just plain fals... Read More
  5. 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
  6. Should chemicals or sanding be used to remove marble discoloration caused by grout? Q. We grouted our beautifully installed marble backsplash with Mapei FA+ (color: rain) without sealing it first. It is now grey instead of white. Is there anything I can do to restore the tile to its natural color? I wonder how much the grout color p... Read More
  7. How should I clean my travertine shower floor? Q. We have a tumbled travertine (unsealed) stone floor in our shower. I really need to know how to deep clean this floor, as it has gotten bad - a bit scummy, mildewy, and moldy. How should I clean my shower floor? Can you help? A. Keeping your showe... Read More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
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