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Can I speed up the drying time of a silicon impregnator?

Several fans place on the stone will help speed up the drying and curing time. Turning the air conditioner down low will also help speed the drying process. Regardless of the drying time, most silicon based impregantors will continue to cure for a... Read More

Can I speed up the drying time of a poultice?

Yes, but only if the poultice has stayed wet for at least 12 hours. If the drying time is too rapid there may not be adequate time for the chemicals to react. Drying time can be accelerated by placing fans near the poultice. TIP Janitorial supply... Read More

How important is it for a poultice to dry thoroughly?

It is very important. If the poultice is removed while it is still wet it may not draw the stain from the stone. The drying action is what causes the stain to be removed. TIP If you remove the poultice from the stain before it completely dries and... 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

Here’s a question my customer has asked and I don’t quite know how to answer. “Every time it rains, a blotchy light-and-dark stain appears on my granite sidewalk. If it stays dry for several weeks, it goes away. What is happening, and can

Most granite is very absorbent, and will soak up a large quantity of water. What your customer is seeing is moisture in the granite, which can take anywhere from several days to several months to dry out. Once the granite dries apply a penetrating... Read More

I applied a water based penetrating sealer to a marble floor and it left a very thin film on the surface that has a rainbow color to it. I have tried everything to remove it and it won’t budge. How can I remove this film?

This is a common problem with water based impregnators that contain sodium methylsiliconate. The film can only be removed by re-polishing the floor with polishing powder and a buff colored pad. If the film is real thick it may need to be honed off.... Read More

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