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.

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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10K+ Page Views of our HMK R52 Stain Removing Poultice for Natural Stone

Why do you think that we have had 10,254 page views of our (currently backordered) R52 Stain Removing Poultice for Granite and Marble? Because granite and marble surfaces are not being adequately protected with professional grade sealers. We get calls … Continue reading

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What is an Oleophobic Stone Sealer?

Wikipedia “Oleophobic” (from the Latin oleum “oil”, Greek ελαιοφοβικό eleophobico from έλαιο eleo “oil” and φόβος phobos “fear”) refers to the physical property of a molecule that is repelled from oil. When it comes to Granite and Marble countertops and other decorative surfaces, oil is the worst enemy. Even though many granite slabs are Resin … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Spills and Stains

Preparing for Holiday Spills and Stains With the holidays quickly approaching, it is good to be prepared for holiday entertaining, and being ready to deal with the inevitable spills and stains. Grease, gravy, butter, and wine can often cause significant … Continue reading

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