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Tips and Articles

Preventative Care Tips

Here are some easy to follow precautionary tips from the PROS for preventing damage to your natural stone floors and countertops during holiday festivities. ….More

The Sensitive Side of Granite

We usually think of etching as a problem unique to marble, but it isn’t all that uncommon to see etching occur on granite as well. ….More

Tips for Selecting and Buying Stone and Tile

The selection of tile and stone can be difficult, confusing even overwhelming. There are hundreds and hundreds of choices to make and if you have done any shopping I’m sure you have received an endless flow of advice, maybe even conflicting advice. …More

Cleaning Your Travertine Shower

Because travertine is a porous natural stone, it does require regular maintenance to keep it looking clean and preventing mildew from forming. ….More

The Case for Colored Grout

Grout is a major focal point of any tiled surface, so it’s no wonder colored grout is becoming a design element all by itself. ….More

Repairing Limestone Etching and Scratching

Straight from the pros, here’s how to fix etching and scratches in your beautiful limestone surfaces. ….More

Why Does White Marble Turn Yellow?

Has your marble begun to turn yellow? Here are reasons why and what to do about it. ….More

Will the Sun Fade My Stone Countertops?

Taking simple precautions will go a long way in minimizing sunlight damage to your countertops. Here are tips for preventing damage and options if damage has occurred. ….More

Caring for Your Natural Stone

Here’s the safe way to clean your granite and other natural stones. ….More

DIY Grout Cleaning Tips

Here are some DIY solutions that work well to clean your dirty and discolored grout. ….More

Lifeless Travertine?

If the sight of your travertine floors or shower walls is giving you the blues, professional restoration services can brighten your day. Travertine can be cleaned, repaired and restored to like new, for much less than the cost of replacement. ….More

Countertop Rx

Have your countertops lost their luster? Here are the three most common reasons your countertops may have lost their shine — and what can be done to bring them back to life. ….More

Happy New Year!

Home improvement. Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? Well, home improvement doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips and resources to help you get started. ….More

Thanksgiving Tips for Natural Stone Care

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you entertaining guests? Follow these tips and your marble, granite, and other natural stone will be thankful. ….More

So You’ve Got a Stain… or Do You?

Before you invest your valuable time and energy in a DIY attempt to remove discoloration from natural stone, here’s some basic information help you determine whether the discoloration is a stain. ….More

Beautiful Terrazzo

The great thing about terrazzo is even if it’s been buried under carpet or other flooring for years, or looks yellowed and ugly due to buildup and aging of topical coatings, its fundamental beauty is still there and can be restored by an experienced professional. ….More

Stone Restoration Can Save You Money… But It Can’t be Cheap

One of the most costly decisions you can make is choosing a contractor based on price only. A contractor who has not had the proper training or who has little or no experience with your specific type of natural stone may offer the cheapest price, but the cost in the long run may end up being far greater. Here are some tips for selecting your stone restoration contractor. ….More

How to Get a Poultice to Stick to a Wall

A Stone Advisory Magazine reader asks, “How can I get it to stick to the wall?” We can almost see the cartoonish frustration of one attempting to make liquid defy gravity. Great question. ….More

Sometimes the Jones’ have to keep up too…

One fastidious customer shares her motivation for getting her grout cleaned then color sealed, and how it was ‘life changing’ and reputation salvaging for her. ….More

Hollow tiles or cracking tiles and grout? Read this before ripping it all out.

When you walk across your tile and grout floor, does it sound more like cheap laminate? Or when you drop a spoon, does it sound like it’s landing on an empty container? Is your grout cracking? If so, some of your tiles may be in the process of separating from the underlayment. Before you rip it all out, read these simple and inexpensive possible solutions. ….More

Why Use a pH Neutral Cleaner for Granite Countertops

Perhaps you have been told that your granite countertops can be cleaned with glass cleaner or a solution of dish soap and water. According to Maurizio Bertoli, the “Godfather” of natural stone, using a pH Neutral cleaner is the only way to properly clean your granite countertops. ….More

What You Need to Know About Caring for Soapstone

Do you have or are you considering soapstone? Here are some tips for caring for soapstone and keeping it beautiful. For New Installations If your soapstone has just been installed, perform weekly oiling with a food grade mineral oil or enhancer made for soapstone for the first month, and then twice a month for the next three months. After the fourth month, you should only need to oil once a month or less. As the oil evaporates, the stone will lighten, telling you that it i ….More

Testing Stone For Kitchen Countertop Usability -The Lemon Juice and Oil Test

It is time to select your granite for your kitchen countertops. What should you look for? Two things: Absorbency and acid sensitivity. You do NOT want a stone that is too absorbent, and you do NOT want a stone that is mixed with calcite (the main component of marble and limestone). The Lemon Juice and Oil Test will help you determine the suitability of any stone you are considering. Collect a sample of any stone you are considering. Line them up on a table or countertop, dust them thorough ….More

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR ROUTINE CARE OF YOUR KITCHEN COUNTERS AND VANITY TOPS

First rule for proper care of your countertops, table tops, vanities, etc.: make sure they are properly sealed. To check, spill a little bit of water onto them and give it a few minutes, then wipe up the water. If there is a darker area where the water was, this is an indication that the water absorbed into the stone and it’s time for a re-seal. Be sure to check in the most used areas. Now, for routine cleaning and maintenance… this firm rule applies to all stone surfaces—counter tops, ….More

Why does white marble turn yellow?

Causes and cures (and why we recommend white or very light marble never be used in a shower)

Sitting in my office one morning I received a call from a very upset homebuilder. He told me he was building a two million-dollar home and had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white statuary marble tile. Over the weekend one of the water pipes broke in a bathroom and completely flooded the home. They managed to vacuum all the water and started to assess the damages. Beside warped woo ….More

Everything (and then some) You Ever Wanted to Know About Sealing Your Natural Stone

Are you a little confused about whether or not to seal your natural stone? You’ve done your homework and researched the topic on the web only to fin ….More

Marble Cleaning?

We get many calls from homeowners asking for Marble Cleaning services. While we do offer marble cleaning, we rarely find that what the customer is actually looking for is in fact ‘cleaning’ of their marble. More often than not, what customers are looking for is that beautiful shine their marble floors had when they were new. Marble is a relatively soft stone. When it becomes dull and scratched, it loses its shine and luster. Many people see this and think their stone is dirty and needs pro ….More