Which is Better…Granite or Quartz Countertops?

I came across an interesting article comparing Quartz and Granite Countertops that I thought I would share. See LINK

Whether you chose Quartz or Granite, you still need to clean them regularly to keep the polish sparkling. We suggest using our HMK P 324 Stone Soap Concentrate. This professional grade daily maintenance cleaner will not build up on the surface like many ‘Clean & Polish’ products. Simply pour one capful of P324 into a 16 ounce spray bottle, and fill with water. When you need to spruce up your countertops (P324 is great for marble and travertine also) simply spray your stone counters and wipe dry with either a paper towel, or a microfiber cloth. We offer several kits on our website HERE


If you have questions regarding cleaning or sealing any type of natural stone, please email us HERE

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We have All Natural Antimicrobial Cleaning Towels

 We Antimicrobial Natural Cloths

New to our Cleaning Tools products…All Natural Antimicrobial Cleaning Cloths

About Fresche®-Tex:

  • Coconut Oil Based, Non-Toxic – The Fresche®-Tex active is derived from natural coconut oil. Applied to our microfiber towels, it is safe for people, pets, plants and the planet. Unlike other antimicrobial treatments, it contains no heavy metals, poison, toxic chemicals, carcinogens or endocrine disruptive compounds.
  • Lock & Bond Microbial Protection – Tested to be effective at over 100 launderings, Fresche®-Tex locks and bonds to our microfiber cleaning cloths where it delivers continuous protection. It’s not effected by conventional laundering
  • Non Leaching and Non Depleting – Fresche®-Tex will not leach from the treated textiles unlike other antimicrobials. Its mechanical mode of protection ensures protection from microbial attack.
  • Efficient Mechanical Mode of Action – Textiles treated with Fresche®-Tex are protected from bacteria and mould by a mechanical mode of action and not chemical interaction. This ensures terminal control of harmful micro organisms and will not promote the building of microbial resistance.
  • Clean, Fresh and Odor Free – Fresche®-Tex keeps our microfiber towels clean, fresh and odor free extending their life and reducing the need to launder our towels.
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Correcting Myths and Mistruths about Sealing Granite & Marble Countertops

 I had a few moments the other day to sit down with a cup of coffee and search the internet about “sealing granite countertops”, and I came across a website that had some good information, some confusing information, and some really bad information. I have decided not to publish a link to this particular website, but suffice it to say, there are numerous such sites on the web.

Of particular interest was a section that talked about ‘How A Granite Countertop Sealer Works’. A true fact is that most (impregnating) sealers do “slow down the process of absorption”, giving you time to clean up spills that have the potential to leave permanent stains. This is certainly true for high quality impregnators that are either solvent based or water based. What was not indicated in the website is that for some materials, there are topical acrylic sealers that do prevent ALL liquids and spills from penetrating the stone because the acrylic acts as a barrier. Tumbled Travertine, Tumbled Marble and Slate are prime candidates for topical acrylics, but NOT in wet areas, or on exteriors.

Some types and finishes of stone look better using a topical acrylic rather than an impregnator. See the following LINK for slate with a satin finish sealer.

For more information on our professional Protection products, please see LINK.


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Daily Stone Countertop Cleaning Kit

All you need for Daily Stone Cleaning!

 This kit contains all the items needed to keep your Natural Stone Countertops Clean and Sparkly.

You get 1-liter of HMK P324 Liquid Stone Soap, the worlds most respected Daily Conditioning Cleaner for all Natural Stone.

Simply mix One-Capful of P324 and water in the Industrial Grade 16 oz. spray bottle. Each time you are ready to clean your stone surfaces, give the spray bottle a quick shake to mix up the solution, then Spray & Wipe! Your polished stone surfaces will be clean and brilliant.

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Holiday Spills on Marble & Granite

clean wine stains on marble and granite

Don’t Panic ~ Wine Spills  on Granite or Marble

The Holidays are here, and Family and Friends are visiting for holiday festivities. It is likely in all the fun and activities that someone may spill food or beverages on your new marble or granite countertops….and you may begin to freak out if you can’t immediately clean up the food, or you see a dark or colored stain. Don’t Worry, it’s Not Permanent if you follow a few tips:

  1. Mix a solution of Dish Soap and Warm Water…as if you were cleaning a greasy pot
  2. Saturate a washcloth or rag in the solution and cover the area
  3. Go back to the Holiday Fun and Enjoy….YES relax!!
  4. About evert half-hour, rinse out the cloth and repeat Step-2
  5. Do this as long as you can, or until you see the stain has been removed.
  6. Go to bed as usual with soaked cloth over effected area.

Next Day, rinse the area well with a clean cloth and blot dry with a towel, and allow to dry for several hours. Observe the area to see if the spot or stain is completely gone. If the spot has been removed then you can go on and enjoy your life. (you still may want to seal the stone). If you still see a spot then you may repeat the steps above to see how effective this may be, or move on to more aggressive cleaning products. We offer several products:

HMK R155 Intensive Cleaner is a mildly alkaline Heavy Duty Cleaner. R155 is very effective at cleaning mild food stains, hard water deposits, and built-up soap scum from all natural stone surfaces. R155 is a highly concentrated cleaner.



HMK R152 Stain Removing Poultice is a Professional Grade Poultice which chemically draws imbedded stains out of Natural Stone surfaces like Marble, Granite, Travertine, and Limestone.


HMK R154 Stripper and Stain Remover is a Professional Grade solvent based cleaner and coating stripper. R154 is great for non-organic stains like Ink, Petroleum based oils, Permanent Black Marker, Fingernail Polish and similar non-food stains.


Of course the best way of preventing Stains on Natural Stone is to protect your natural stone surfaces with a Professional Grade Impregnating Sealer. For a natural look (does not darken stone) we recommend our HMK S324 Impregnator 



If you are looking to Enhance your Natural Stone surfaces then you may want to use one of our Color Enhancing Sealers like HMK S242 



For extra stain protection with Color Enhancing (perhaps for a travertine or slate backsplash) you may want to use our HMK S244 Color Enhancing Extra product 



If you have a unique stain problem that you need further assistance with, please email us at: info@stonecareonline.org and we will respond to your questions promptly.


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Holiday Entertaining – And Wine Spills on Granite or Marble Counters

With the Holiday Season fast approaching, you may be concerned about how to protect your natural stone surfaces from the inevitable spills that occur during festive gatherings.

Well, with just a a few professional stone care products, you can rest assured that your beautiful natural stone won’t be permanently damaged. The key is proper treatment with an Impregnating Sealer. After using the HMK brand of Stone Care products for more than 30 years, I believe they are Best-In-Class. The flagship product for HMK Stone Care is the S234 Impregnator.

To see just how effective this sealer is, please see our video featuring spilled red wine that sat overnight on granite countertops. HERE

If you spill Oil, Cranberry Juice or Sauce, or Wine on Marble or Granite, here are emergency tips to reduce or remove the stain

  • Wipe/Blot up as much as you can with paper towels
  • Immediately make up a solution of lukewarm water and dish washing soap 
  • Soak a washcloth in the solution and cover the stain area. Allow to sit for 20 minutes
  • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
  • If after several hours of soaking area, you still see a stain then we suggest you order our Poultice Combo
  • While you are waiting for your order to arrive, keep a soaked rag on the spot. This will help prevent the stain from “setting”

To prevent such horrors from occurring, we highly suggest you seal all light and medium colored granite and marble surfaces with the Impregnating Sealer. This is very easy to do, and you do not need to hire a professional. Please see our video on How to Seal Granite Counters

If you need further assistance, please call our office at 800-380-6881 and please leave a message and a lovely woman named Diane will call you back. If you wish to email pictures, please send emails to info@stonecareonline.org



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Protect your Encaustic Cement Tiles with Professional Grade Sealers

Cement tile floors require special care both in the installation process and in ongoing maintenance. Learn about our Professional Grade Cleaning and Sealing Products HERE

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How to Remove Stone Sealers

Slate with multiple layers of sealers and coatings

One of the most frequent questions we receive is “How do I remove an existing stone sealer?”

There are Two Answers to this question that first require a question to be answered:

  1. Do you know the Brand Name?
  2. Is it an Impregnator or Topical Sealer?

Knowing the brand of sealer used is helpful to know the quality of the product, and knowing the type is helpful to know how effective we may be using our Stripper/Cleaner Combo.

There are many brands out in the market, and some are more effective than others. Without naming other brand names, the Moeller-HMK has consistently outperformed other brands, and it is the brand/company that introduced the concept of ‘Stone Care’ to North America nearly 40 years ago.

With that being said, Topical Sealers are easier to fully remove than Impregnators because topical sealers lay on the surface, while impregnators penetrate down into the pores of the stone.

In each case, we suggest using our HMK R154 Stripper, followed by our HMK R155 Intensive Cleaner to remove residue and to prepare the surface for new sealers.

Supplies Needed:

Follow these Steps:

  1. Apply R154 using a natural bristle brush
  2. Allow to activate/dwell on surface for 15 minutes
  3. While product is activating, mix a 1-part R155 solution to 6-parts warm water.
  4. Following 15-minutes of dwell time (R154) wipe off stripper with paper towels to remove the bulk of the stripper and dissolved sealers
  5. Immediately apply the R155 + warm water solution to the stone with a sponge or scrub brush.
  6. Allow cleaner to dwell/activate for 10-minutes
  7. Scrub for 5-minutes with a Scrubbing Sponge or brush
  8. Wipe up solution with a separate sponge
  9. Rinse VERY well (we suggest triple rinse)
  10. Allow stone to dry

Once stone is dry you will be able to determine if a second application is required. Once stone is clean, then you can determine which type of sealer to apply to protect your stone.

For professional assistance, please email your questions to info@stonecareonline.org

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More Praises for HMK P324 Stone Soap – Daily Maintenance Cleaner

Daily Stone Cleaner Concentrate

We recently heard from a very happy customer who used our HMK P324 Stone Soap;

I just wanted you to know that your product HMK324 has changed my life. The granite in my kitchen is Absolute Black. I have MILES of it — and nothing got it clean. It would look nice (after a lot of work!) and then one touch and it looked horrible. Someone told me about HMK324 — I have been using it for about3 months now. And my counters are absolutely beautiful. I am beyond thrilled!

I started using it on my slate floor in our foyer. It is a fairly large expanse of floor and looked dingy and sad. I was contemplating tearing it out and replacing it. But after 2 months of washing it once a week, it too looks beautiful. The change was so gradual I didn’t really notice it until I started getting compliments on it. My friends thought I had replaced it. I have now moved outdoors. We have a large slate flooring (same size as inside) right outside the house. I’ve been washing it with the HMK 324 and it looks good. I just ordered the R155 to give it a good deep cleaning. It’s looking a 100 times better then when I started, but figure the R155 will give it a huge boost.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cindy Schafer – South Carolina
We are so happy to hear this and countless other success stories about how effective HMK P234 Stone Soap is for daily cleaning of granite countertops. Let us know if you have questions about taking care of Granite and Marble surfaces. Email Us HERE
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When is a Topical Acrylic Sealer right for your Natural Stone?

We receive many requests for information about using a “High Gloss Sealer” on slate flooring. Most of the time we discourage this type of sealer mainly because it requires more maintenance, but also, it can often look unnatural. Following is an example of an appropriate use of a Satin Finish topical sealer.

A friend referred her client to us because she needed her slate cleaned and sealed. After looking at the condition of her floor, and analyzing her use, it made sense for this client to use a topical acrylic.

Slate prior to Cleaning

This slate is in a bathroom of a retired couple with very little traffic, and none of the common issues that often present a challenge for most uses of Topical Acrylic sealers. They don’t have a big family, it’s not a high traffic area, and they don’t have big dogs running across the floor on a regular basis.

These are the most problematic issues for topical acrylics. Another issue is moving furniture, like using it under dining room tables and chairs.

One of the challenges of this installation was the fact that the stone had been sealed about 10 years prior, but the homeowner had no idea what type of sealer was used, or who the manufacturer was.

I performed a Deep Cleaning process on this slate to remove mineral buildup and to prepare the surface for the topical sealer. Because the slate still had a slight sheen to it from the prior sealer, we discussed the option of Stripping off the existing sealer by using our HMK R154 Stripper & Stain Remover which would have been a more lengthy process to completely remove the existing sealer (see previous POST for more details), or encapsulating the existing sealer with a new coat of the Satin Finish sealer. Client chose to take the quicker path and simple apply a coat of new sealer.

I used our economy sealing brushes to apply the new sealer

The finished floor turned out great, and the homeowner loved, loved, loved the look!

Finished Floor using HMK S37 Satin Finish

Using the HMK S37 Satin Finish topical acrylic sealer, gave the client the near High Gloss look she preferred.

If you need help selecting the proper sealer for your floor, please email us a picture of your stone and we will promptly answer your email and suggest the proper method and products.

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