How do I Develop a Maintenance Program?



Once the stone type has been identified and any problems corrected or accepted, a daily system should be developed which will keep the stone in a polished condition. The main reason polished stone floors become dull is that we walk on them and “grind” in dust, sand, and other fine, gritty matter that abrades the […]

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How do I Deal with a Combination of a Stain and Etching?



Finally, we may have a combination of a stain with etching. For example, if some red wine is spilled on an absorbent polished limestone, the acidity of the wine (acetic acid) will etch (corrode) the surface on contact, while the dark color of the wine will stain the stone when it is absorbed. In such […]

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Dealing with Etching, a.k.a “Water Stains or Rings”



Polished marble, travertine, onyx, limestone, etc. are all calcite-based stones, and as such are affected by pH active liquids, mostly acidic in nature. In layman’s language, when an acidic liquid gets on a polished stone surface, it etches it on contact. That is, it leaves a mark of corrosion that looks like a water-stain or […]

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Stain Removal – Using a Stain Poultice



Marble, granite and natural stone are porous materials. This porosity is why it stains so easily. It is also why stains can be removed. All that’s needed to remove a stain is to reverse the staining process. In other words, the stone has literally absorbed the stain and we simply re-absorb it into a different […]

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How do I Evaluate the Current Condition of the Floor?



The first step in developing a floor maintenance program is to learn what has or is currently being done to the stone. – Has a coating such as wax, acrylic or urethane been used? – Has the stone been maintained with diamond abrasives, crystallization or polishing powders? Is there any damage? – Are there problems, […]

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What are Some Common Problems and How do I Fix Them?



Marble, granite, limestone and other decorative stone are durable materials that will last a lifetime. However, if not installed correctly or properly cared for problems may result that will shorten its life. The following are the most common problems that may occur. Following are the most common problems and suggested methods of correcting them: Coatings: Coatings […]

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How Many Applications of Sealer are Needed?



For some stones that are more porous than others, one application of sealer may not be enough. But how will you know? On mercantile granite that needs sealing, at least two applications are recommended. Very porous mercantile granite, sandstone, quartzite, etc. may require three or more applications. When sealer can no longer be absorbed by the […]

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What Should I Know About Impregnators and Sealers?



One of the most common problems associated with the use of natural stone is that it stains very easily. As previously discussed the removal of a stain can be quite expensive and, sometimes, not even possible. To eliminate or reduce the possibility of staining, it is essential that the stone be properly protected with a […]

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How do I Select the Best Method to Restore My Stone Surface?



After you establish the type of stone, the condition and the customers expectations, you can move forward with a specific restoration program. In the case of a calcium based stone such as limestone, marble, travertine, terrazzo, etc. when diamond grinding is not needed (deep scratches) Majestic 5X Gold Polishing Powder (Potassium Oxalate) is an excellent […]

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