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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. 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. How to Remove Fruit Stain on Granite Q. We have a stain on our granite top caused by a bag of peaches. The bag leaked and caused a stain in the granite. What do we use to make a mix to remove the stain?  A. The discoloration on your granite may be a stain, or it may be an etch. The me... Read More
  4. 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
  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. Can enhancing sealant be removed? Q. The installer of my granite countertop used a color enhancing and impregnating sealer.  I wish he would have asked if I wanted the deepened color. Is there any way to return the granite to the original color and then reseal with non enhancing sea... Read More
  7. How do I prepare a poultice & use it to remove stains? Q. How do I create a poultice to remove stains? I know that to remove stains from my granite countertops that I need to make a poultice, but how do I do it?A. Here is how you do it:First, understand what a poultice is. It is simply a chemical or cle... Read More
  8. How To Maintain Newly Refinished Floors Q. I just had my floors refinished, how do I maintain them?   A. There are several things you want to avoid when maintaining your floors, as well as some of the best practices for floor maintenance:    Don't use stone soap. Don't damp-... Read More
  9. How should I care for my natural stone floors? Q. How should I care for my natural stone floors? A. First, invest in quality cleaning tools. A cleaning chore—any cleaning chore—is never a matter of a cleaning product only. The implements—cleaning rag, paper towel, scrubbing pa... Read More
  10. Liquid Plumber Causes Alkaline Etch Damage On Limestone Q. A Liquid Plumber bottle leaked on my beige limestone bathroom floor. It looks like a wet mark. Is there anything I can try to remove stain? It is a heated floor. A. Liquid Plumber is a very high alkaline substance, which leads our stone expert to ... Read More
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