• Caring For Your Marble - Avoid Pumpkin Stains

    Caring for your marble Avoid Pumpkin Stains this Halloween

    Every November we get calls and emails asking us how to 'clean' stains in marble that were caused by old pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.  The stains are more than just discoloration. They are chemical etches which 'eat' the surface of the marble or limestone leaving a ring or puddle mark in the stone. Even if one is able to remove the surface discoloration, the longer that are left decomposing, the deeper the etch.

    Most professional stone restoration technicians are experienced at honing and polishing to minimize the damage, but the best solution is to prevent contact with the stone from day one. Simply place a plate or dish or bowl or tray under your pumpkins, and be sure to get rid of them when they start to rot. Some clients have suggested methods of preparing the pumpkins which make their carved creations last longer. Search for some of these options on the web. But a plate or a platter will easily do the trick. We appreciate your business, but ask you to follow this simple advice and avoid unnecessary expense. And have a Happy Halloween !!

  • An Introduction to Different Types of Natural Stone

    Choosing the right kind of natural stone for your home or office can be quite overwhelming, what with all the wide choices of beautiful natural stones available today.  Natural stone can add that sophisticated and timeless element you’re looking for.

    The formation of natural stones began millions of years ago. As rocks and other organic elements in the earth’s surface combined with heat and pressure, some of these precious minerals were pushed to the surface and formed mineral deposits. Continue reading

  • Marble Facts: Did You Know These About Marble?

    • Marble, unlike granite, is soluble when exposed to a variety of common acids, many of which can be found in the home or workplace. Baking soda and vinegar, for example, are two relatively mild compounds that should not be used on marble.

     

    • The crystallized minerals giving marble its glow are usually calcites and dolomites. Both of these are combinations of calcium and carbon in a rigid form. Calcite is just calcium and carbon, but dolomite also includes magnesium in the mix.

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