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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. How do we remove one travertine tile from the floor? Q. We just tiled our bathroom with travertine. I was cleaning the stone and getting ready to seal it when I noticed a crack in the doorway where the stone is. It runs from the corner by the door diagonally clear across the whole stone. It has not bee... Read More
  4. Tiles popping Q: I'm laying "penny" mosaic tile on top of a heating system. I had to use a light amount of thinset in some spots due to leveling issues. As a result I have some tiles that are coming up (I have not yet grouted). I am going to use spectralock e... Read More
  5. Polishing Unpolished Granite Edges Q. I have already installed and grouted 12x12 granite for my kitchen counter top, BUT how do I polish the edge like the top (or at least close to). It seems to be a secret, I cannot find how to from the net. Please help! Thank you so much! A. This is... Read More
  6. Iron stains and stones Q. The floor of my shower stall is covered with grouted sliced stones on mesh. The contractor sealed the floor with a "wet-enhancing" sealer about 3 years ago. I've noticed that the lighter stones have become rust-colored. (We have hard water an... Read More
  7. How can I get grout color stains out of my tumbled marble tiles? Q. We tiled our backsplash with tumbled marble subway tiles. We DIDN'T seal the tiles first (DUMB MOVE). Then we grouted half the kitchen and found that not only did we hate the grout color but it colored our light tumbled marble stones a yello... Read More
  8. 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

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