cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Stains stone Stone Restoration

ANSWER - The only glue they should be using on a marble countertop is the resin adhesive to bond the section together or to bond the apron to the slab.  Sometimes if they have joints…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers sealers

Will Sealing a Saltillo Tile prevent the White Efflorescence Staining?

ANSWER - Sealing a Saltillo tile doesn't waterproof the tile. Sealing the tile only makes it moisture resistant.  A sealer should help to minimize the white efflorescence staining, but it may or may not stop…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance

How do I remove the Dull Appearance of my Tile Floor

ANSWER - I doubt that you have a glazed porcelain tile floor.  A glazed tile is a tile with a glass-like coating on the surface that can't be altered unless you have abused it in…

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cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers stone Travertine

How to clean Unfilled Travertine Floors

ANSWER - I would never recommend installing unfilled travertine or any unfilled stone on a floor or it will collect dirt that could then develop into microbial growth if moisture is present.  It would be…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers

How can I keep my Porcelain Floor Tile from giving off a Dirt that doesn't come clean?

ANSWER - A true porcelain tile will not degrade or bleed that would cause a residue on the surface of the tile that would transfer to your socks.   Porcelain tile is very dense and fired…

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cleaning Counter tops Expert Answers Marble Mold Sealant Caulk Stone Restoration

What is Causing my Kitchen Marble Countertop to Stain?

ANSWER - Marble isn't the safest material to use on a kitchen countertop because it is primarily comprised of calcium carbonate that is chemical sensitive and has a tendency to scratch.  Having a honed surface…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Grout Haze Ink Jet Glazed Tile Maintenance Repairs

Why do my Plank Floor Tiles have a Haze or have Lost its Color?

ANSWER - Tiles should lose their color from cleaning.  There are a lot of variables to consider.  First what kind of tile is it and how was it manufactured.  I will assume it is a…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Grout Maintenance Stains

How do we remove a Urethane Grout Haze from a Tile?

ANSWER - If you rub too hard you might damage the tile. The best approach is to contact the manufacturer of the urethane grout and ask them how best to remove the urethane grout haze. …

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cleaning Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers Limestone Maintenance stone Stone Restoration Wet Areas

How do you remove stains in Limestone in an Exterior Application?

ANSWER - Limestone stone is a calcium carbonate sedimentary natural stone.  It contains various minerals such as ferrous oxide that when subjected to excessive moisture can develop mineral stains. Sometimes this is just minor staining…

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Brick cleaning Expert Answers Exterior Maintenance Repairs

Can I Stucco over an Existing Brick?

ANSWER - I would be surprised if the brick is made of porcelain clay which is very dense and has 0.5% absorption or less.  There are some very dense clay brick. Stucco is a weak…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Grout sealers Stains

How Can I Remove Contrasting Grout Staining in a Black Tile?

ANSWER - The grout that you used may be a polymer modified grout similar to a grout with a latex additive.   Acids won't attack the polymer, but there are products for removing latex haze.  Try…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Stains

Can I Clean and Restore my 15 Year Old Glazed Ceramic Tile?

ANSWER - Since you have a glazed ceramic tile it should come clean unless it has worn from abrasion.  Glazed ceramic tiles don't normally fade, but some of the softer glazes might to some degree.…

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Acid Etching Caulk Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Sealant Caulk sealers Stains

Are there Tile Sealers that are resistant to Urine?

ANSWER - I assume you are saying that you seal your tile with a sealer and that your dog's urine is causing the sealer to be removed. Sealers are meant to minimize the chances of…

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Acid Etching cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers Stains stone Stone Restoration

Why are my 1x1 Marble Tiles not Shinny After Grouting?

ANSWER - Denatured alcohol is acidic and can act as a solvent to break down sealers or stains that could be on the stone.  They use oxalic acid in polishing stone because it breaks down…

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cleaning Expert Answers sealers Stains stone

Why is my limestone still staining after I sealed it?

ANSWER - Ludders Limestone is a Texas Limestone.  The absorption rate and propensity to stain does vary depending on the physical properties of the stone.  Per ASTM C568 limestone can be rated as a low…

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cleaning color Variation Expert Answers Exterior Maintenance sealers Stains

Can I stain my natural stone so it has a consistent darker color?

ANSWER - Staining natural stone isn’t something that is recommended by the natural stone industry.  Using enhancer sealers is what is typically done, but they only last so long.  So if you want to maintain a…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Optical Haze stone Stone Restoration

How do you remove smudges from floor tiles?

ANSWER - First you need to determine what caused the smudges on the tile in order to determine how to remove them. If you have a polished porcelain tile there is a condition known as…

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Acid Etching Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Stains

How do I remove acid etch stains on my ceramic pool tiles?

Answer - Unfortunately when you acid etch the surface of a glazed tile it chemically alters the glaze and it can't be restored. If the etched area is contrasting in color to the tile color,…

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cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Stains stone Stone Restoration

How long will it take for Limestone to Dry from being wet, and will the dark spots go away?

ANSWER - There are 3 subcategories of limestone per ASTM C568.   Their physical properties vary from being vary porous to very low absorbing. How fast the limestone will dry depends on how absorbing it is,…

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cleaning Expert Answers Stains stone

What caused my limestone tile to develop a yellow/brown stain along its edge?

ANSWER -  Normally if you have a  yellow/brown rust-like color stain it is due to a combination of the stone being subjected to excessive moisture and due to the presence of metal, or that the…

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