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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. Can cement tiles or ceramic tiles be installed on top of Corian or Avonite? Q. Can cement tiles or ceramic tiles be installed on top of Corian or Avonite? I am restoring a kitchen on a tight budget, and I prefer to cover the existing countertops vs rip out and replace.   A. Yes, you can install them directly over the Corian... Read More
  3. Membrane for cracked tile replacement? Q: Hello, I have a problem with a few cracked ceramic tiles in an entryway. The tiles have cracked due to cracks (mostly hairline) in the concrete foundation. I have heard of some kind of membrane material that can be used when such cracked tiles are... Read More
  4. After a leak, how long will it take for darkened marble tiles to lighten up? Q. We had mosaic marble tiles installed in our bathroom about a month ago and recently noticed the tiles about 12 inches around the toilet were a darker gray color than the rest of the floor due to a leak in the wax seal when the toilet was replaced... Read More
  5. Does grout turn darker when wet and lighter when dry even with color seal? Q. Does grout turn darker when wet and lighter when dry even with color seal? A. Unsealed grout has tiny pores that absorb moisture, which can give unsealed grout lines a darker appearance. Once the moisture evaporates (assuming the moisture is no... Read More
  6. How to Remove Oil-Based Hairspray Stain on Marble Q. Hi. I watched your youtube video and need advice. I spilled sea salt hair spray on my marble counter and it left a stain. I believe that it is an oil stain. What kind of poultice should I create to remove the stain? A. Natural stone is porous, wh... Read More
  7. How to Remove Discoloration Caused by Hair Oil Q.  I have a brand-new bathroom stone vanity and my daughter put her Argan Moroccan hair oil on it (there is a ring where the oil is). What is the best way to remove it? Should I use a de-greaser with a poultice, just a degreaser, or should I use a... Read More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. How do I remove a dish soap dispenser stain on granite? Q. I just got a new granite kitchen countertop. I didn't know this, but my dish soap dispenser which I had near the faucet left a dark stain (circle) on the granite which is very noticeable. How can I get rid of this stain?  A. The soap has be... Read More
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