Category: Restoring Stone

Cleaning and Polishing Marble Surfaces with Baking Soda?

By Torin Dixon info@stonecareonline.com    We hear often from people suggesting various home remedies for cleaning and polishing marble countertops and floors. Some of the latest trends online is to “Polish Marble with Chalk” or Polish Marble with Baking Soda”. These ‘remedies’  are dubious at best, and can actually harm sensitive marble surfaces. Here’s Why:…

By Torin Dixon March 5, 2013 Off

White Film in Slate Shower Leaching out of Grout Joints

Here is a classic example how unprotected stone, and lack of regular maintenance can create a very unsightly film on Slate and other Natural Stone surfaces, particularly in Wet Areas. Moisture, can and does, penetrate all Unprotected Natural Stone. When this moisture reacts with naturally occurring salts in the stone itself, the mortar setting bed,…

By Torin Dixon January 25, 2013 Off

Light Colored “Stains” on Black Granite – The Saga Continues

“Sandy” from SC called today to ask for advice about light rings where shot glasses were set on her black granite. First of all, black ‘granite’ is not a true Geological Granite, they are Basalt. For more information click HERE. Some factories primarily in India and China, “doctor” their black stone with dyes that darken…

By Torin Dixon January 4, 2013 Off

How Often Should Granite be “Polished”

Diane F. from Columbus, OH asks: How often do you recommend polishing my granite and the product you recommend? I’m just trying to get all the info from different companies. Answer: Hi Diane, The term “polishing” often has different meanings to different people based on the condition of their stone. Granite is polished in the…

By Torin Dixon October 25, 2012 Off