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Is My Stone Really Stained?

Is My Stone Really Stained?

Sometimes when we get calls from customers regarding a stain on their stone, it is not uncommon to find that the stain is not a stain at all. Here are some examples of common stone problems that look like stains but are not actually stains and what can be done to resolve the issues.

Acid Etching

Almost all polished marble will become discolored and ... More

Is My Countertop Quartzite or Marble?

Is My Countertop Quartzite or Marble?

In recent years, there have been complaints from consumers who thought they had purchased quartzite for their countertops because of their its unique durability. Quartzite will not etch (a dullness of the surface) or become easily scratched. Later, when their tops are etched and scratched, they learn the hard way that their tops are actually marble... More

Top 10 Causes of Grout Turning Yellow

Top 10 Causes of Grout Turning Yellow

Home and business owners and property managers have a common complaint about the grout in their showers and floors turning yellow. Testing can help determine what is causing the problem. Solutions will vary, depending on the cause. Here are the details. 1. Toiletries Shampoos, soaps, and other personal items used in showers c... More

Is It Possible To Use Water-Based Color Stains at Altitude On Concrete?

Is It Possible To Use Water-Based Color Stains at Altitude On Concrete? Yes!  At Stone Surface Specialists, we adore using water-based stains on concrete. If you want to go beyond the subtle drama and subdued earth-toned palette of acid staining, water-based stains are the way to go.  There are so ... More

How Do I Clean Ceramic Tiles?

How Do I Clean Ceramic Tiles? ‘Spring Cleaning’. A term beloved by anti-social little moles who live in the far-distant hedgerows of Great Britain, and few others. Spring-cleaning conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that... More