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Month: November 2008 (page 1 of 2)

How To Remove Grout Haze From A Limestone Floor?

Visitor’s Question: “I have a problem with a newly laid Limestone floor. The tiler left it with a very thick haze of grout on it.I have tried a Fila Residue Remover cleaner, and another Grime remover (which seemed to work only a little better). I have used non-scratch pads and an emulsifier pad – on my hands and knees and it is still there. Please help?”

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How To Remove Sealer and Sealing Residues?

Most weeks I receive calls from people asking how to remove a sealer residue. Sealer residues occur when an impregnating sealer is incorrectly applied. Impregnating sealers (or penetrating sealers as they are sometimes known) are intended to be in or below the surface of the stone rather than ‘on’ it. So, the correct application involves applying the sealer to the surface, allowing a short time for penetration (this might be around 5 minutes, depending on both the sealer being used and the material being sealed) then any surplus sealer, remaining on the surface should be removed with something absorbent, ideally a white paper or cotton towel.All too often though, for various reasons this Continue reading

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Question: My Limestone Kitchen Counter Has Developed Black Speckled Marks?

Visitor’s Question: “My limestone kitchen counter has developed black speckled marks, especially around the sink. This leads me to believe it may be mildew from dampness. How can I remove these stains before sealing? Every blog says no acidic cleaners, but how about bleach?”

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Six-Sided Sealing For Natural Stone Tiles – Part 2

For the second part of my ‘six-sided sealing’ theme we will look at issues relating to the back of the stone. Take a look at the picture, what do you see? Well, it is a granite facade; quite a porous one in fact, the light grey areas are correct and indeed have the desired appearance. However there are a couple of noticeable issues.Perhaps the most obvious issue is that dark staining. This has come from behind the stone; as you can see, the stone adorns more than just a simple external façade, it is also a planter the staining is mainly due to the presence of water in the soil of the planter, and as such if the water dries out the intensity of the stain will likely reduce. However, water is very rarely Continue reading

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