Author Archives: Torin Dixon

About Torin Dixon

StoneCareOnline Expert Blog is managed by Torin Dixon who is an expert in natural stone importing, distribution, fabrication, installation and maintenance of all natural stone surfaces regardless of finish or texture. We are here to assist you in your StoneCare needs.

I Saw it on the Internet…so it must be TRUE??

Cleaning Granite Counters About every two years I take the time to search the internet to see if the “Experts” have learned anything about Cleaning Granite Countertops. I am amazed that there remains very bad advice in the top Google … Continue reading

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Does Exterior Stone need to be Sealed?

This project is part of a $30 million project completed in 2002 in Western Montana. The architect specified HMK S39 Silane Impregnator, but the sealer was only used near each joint as a way to protect the stone from the … Continue reading

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Sealing Stone over Previous Sealers – Yes You Can

We often get questions something like this: “I need to re-seal my granite countertops, but I don’t know what sealer (if any) my installer used. Can you help?” The short answer is usually YES, with the following caveat; make sure … Continue reading

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Removing Rust Stains on Granite

We have received several emails from people having issues with Rust Stains on Granite countertops particularly around sink areas.   What is not commonly understood is that most natural stone surfaces have some amount of iron minerals in the composition … Continue reading

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Preventing Rust on Bluestone Pavers

It’s no wonder why Bluestone is such such a popular paving material. When selected and installed correctly, it looks amazing. Unfortunately, one of the hidden problems with Bluestone is that there are ferrous minerals incorporated into the composition of the … Continue reading

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HMK R155 is “Magic Juice”

Harry P. from Tarzana, CA called the other day to tell us how marvelous the HMK R155 Intensive Cleaner worked on his marble shower that had a significant buildup of Hard Water deposits. He says the R155 “Works like Magic Juice” … Continue reading

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Remove Etching from Marble

How Marble Etches Marble is a beautiful and functional surface UNTIL it Etches! Understand that all Marble surfaces are Calcium based stone that can be easily damaged by Acids and High Alkalies. The photo above is from Edie Wadsworth’s blog … Continue reading

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How to deal with Stain Emergencies on Natural Stone Surfaces

The First Step is to NOT Panic!! Help is on the way for cleaning spills and stains on Marble, Granite, and other Natural Stone Mix a solution of Liquid Dish Soap and warm water, much as you would to clean … Continue reading

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UPS Shipping Rates Increase in 2016

During Record Low Oil Prices, UPS Raises Rates for 2016! Each December, we cringe to see what the rate increase will be for the following year. This year (effective Dec. 28, 2015) the average rate increase is 4.9% We have … Continue reading

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Homemade Granite Cleaner – Here we go again!

Last July I published an article about “Homemade Granite Cleaners” WIKIHOW IS WRONG About Granite Cleaners! The issue is these (well intentioned) solutions can actually harm natural stone surfaces, especially polished marble, travertine, and onyx because of the higher alkaline … Continue reading

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