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We have an interior granite wall that has some silicon caulking used in the grout joints. The silicon caused staining along the grout edges. We poulticed the stain and successful removed the staining, However after three months the stain is returning

First, did you remove the silicon caulking. If the source of the staining is not removed it will continue to be a problem. I would recommend removing the silicon caulking and replacing it with a non-staining urethane caulking. If you did remove the... Read More

I have been poulticing a stain on a red granite counter top using a clay poultice and a commercial degreaser. When I remove the poultice the area where the poultice was is very dark and does not seem to dry out and lighten. What causes this and how c

This is a very common problem on granite. Granite is a very porous stone, more porous than most marble. Because of its porous nature, granite has the ability to retain a great deal of moisture. The dark area in this case may simply be excessive... Read More

We have Italian marble on the lobby floors in our commercial office buildings. Recently, we have noticed several problems: 1. Entire tiles are evenly discoloring yellow or grey and 2) Rust-like stains are appearing in an area near the door. What

The yellowing and graying of certain Italian and Greek white marbles is a common problem that I see all over the country. There are several possible causes for this condition: Maintenance technique-Take a close look at your maintenance program. Are... Read More

We just sealed our marble tile with a water-based sealer. There is now a light, rainbow-like film on the surface of the tile. I have used every cleaner I could purchase to try get it off, but it won’t budge. Any suggestions?

The sealer has left a hard silicone residue on the tile’s surface. To remove the excess silicone, the tile will have to be scrubbed with an abrasive cleaner. Several kitchen-type abrasive cleaners are available which will remove this film. If... Read More

How do I repair cracks in terrazzo?

Small cracks in a terrazzo floor can be repairs as follows: Clean the crack with acetone, making sure to remove all dirt, old wax and other debris. A dental pick is helpful in removing old wax buildup. After the crack is cleaned you will notice that... Read More

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