Category: Tip of The Week

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 absorbed these rate increases for years while continuing to offer Fixed Rate shipping ($9.97) on…

By Torin Dixon December 28, 2015 Off

WIKIHOW IS WRONG About Granite Cleaners!

I hate to burst anyones bubble…but WikiHow is wrong about Homemade Granite Cleaners! http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Granite-Countertops In the article it states “Be sure you use cleaners that are pH balanced and include no acid or acidic type chemicals.”  However, the following sentence says to “Combine mild dish detergent with rubbing alcohol.” As you may know, dish detergents…

By Torin Dixon July 3, 2015 Off

The Most Important Thing for New Granite Countertops – PROTECTION!

Protect Your Investment – Use Professional Grade Impregnating Sealers By Torin Dixon Ok, you just had beautiful granite or marble countertops installed, or you just bought a house with stone countertops. Make the best decision before you start using your new counters, PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT by treating your counters with a Professional Grade product. HMK…

By Torin Dixon May 20, 2014 Off

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