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Dec 02, 2016

The Ultimate Marble Cleaning Do's & Don'ts Guide

marble cleaning do's and don'ts guide
Many fuss and fume over their marble countertops and floor tile wondering what the heck happened and why.

Marble does require particular care and cleaning, but it's not difficult or time-consuming.

You just need to learn how to clean marble the right way!

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Oct 08, 2016

What's the Difference? Honed Marble Countertop Cleaning

cleaning honed marble countertops spots, stains and sealing tips and techniques -  gold marble bathroom vanity
Honed marble countertop cleaning and maintenance does present some mysteries and misconceptions that may frustrate new owners.

Frankly, it's not surprising given that you may get different answers from your designer, stone sales rep or installer.

Likewise, the internet has plenty of helpful info, but some of it is just plain wrong.

Learn the key differences between polished and honed marble for:

  • Sealing honed marble countertops
  • Daily cleaning product use
  • Diagnosing spots
  • Stains vs. etching
  • Repair considerations & methods

Click the link below to clear up any confusion, wipe away the myths, and begin cleaning your honed marble with confidence...

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Aug 20, 2016

Cleaning Hard Water Stains On Marble and Granite

QUESTION: Please advise tips to remove hard water stains on marble and granite countertops as I am facing a severe problem. I am unable to use any chemicals

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Aug 11, 2016

Marble vs. Granite Kitchen Countertop

QUESTION: I'm in the process of making the decision on kitchen countertops. I love the look of marble, but I'm worried about the maintenance. We

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Jul 21, 2016

Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Maintenance

How to Q & A for outdoor kitchen countertop maintenance, sealing, cleaning granite countertops and winter protection for a kitchen outdoors

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Jun 02, 2016

Quartz Countertop Stain

QUESTION: Tea stains my quartz countertop. I thought a quartz countertop stain was impossible since it's non-porous. True? Should I apply a sealer?

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May 20, 2016

Are Kashmir White Granite Countertops Good?

are kashmir white granite countertops good
White granite countertops like Kashmir White are popular and stylish. But....

Many buyers find out too late that maintenance can vary a lot even within the same color family.

Avoid the future heartache and headache of choosing the wrong white granite countertop and learn to buy right.

  • Does Kashmir White granite stain easy?
  • Does it require frequent resealing?
  • Will it lose its shine?
  • Is Kashmir White granite a good choice?

Click the link below to get answers to all the above and learn how you can determine if any granite you wish to buy is a good choice or not.

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May 12, 2016

Best and Safest Marble Cleaning Products

Marble cleaning product advice for non-damaging countertop care, cleaning travertine & marble floor tile, polishing, removing mildew, hard water stains, soap scum, safe, effective…

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May 07, 2016

Doctored Black Granite Countertop Etching

QUESTION: I have a bathroom vanity with what was advertised as a black granite countertop. We now realize that the stone top was doctored to make it

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Apr 21, 2016

Silestone Countertops Polishing & Cleaning

Answers about cleaning Silestone countertops, polishing Silestone, recommended products for cleaning quartz countertops

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Mar 07, 2016

Installation Adhesive Stains on White Carrara Marble

QUESTION: We just had a honed Carrara marble countertop installed in the kitchen. Looked great until I noticed these blue-gray stains around the cooktop,

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Feb 02, 2016

How To Choose the Best Granite Sealer

Best Granite Sealer how to choose

It's a common dilemma. You want the best granite sealer to guard against staining on your bath or kitchen countertops, but choosing can be confusing with many brands offering all sorts of sealers.

Differences definitely do exist, but it doesn't have to be a distressing decision.

I'll walk you through the key points to consider so you can easily pick the best sealer to protect your countertop investment.

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  • Explore product options for sealing granite countertops
  • Compare application frequency, durability, and performance
  • Discover what makes one impregnating stone sealer better than others
  • Know when not to apply a stone sealer
  • Learn if DIY application is a good idea

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Dec 30, 2015

Super New Year Savings on Granite Sealers & Marble Cleaning Products

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Biggest Discount of the Year!

Get 20% OFF all Marble & Granite Countertop Cleaning and Sealing Products when ordering $75 or more.

Includes the popular and most advanced SenGuard Permanent Stone Sealer.

Stock Up & Save Now! You won't see this large of a discount for another year.

Sale runs December 31 - January 2.

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Nov 05, 2015

Bathroom Marble Cleaning & Care for Showers, Floors, Vanity

Learn how to clean marble bathroom countertops, flooring and shower tiles to avoid marble etching, safely remove soap scum, mildew and maintain the shine.

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Sep 30, 2015

Haze & Water Stains after Sealing Granite Countertops

How to remove granite sealer residue. Answers & solutions for haze, streaks & blotches after sealing granite countertops, marble, tile, kitchen countertops

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Aug 31, 2015

Cleaning Travertine Do's & Don'ts | How To Clean Travertine

Cleaning travertine: Learn the secrets of sealing travertine, staining, etching with a complete list of Do’s & Don’ts for carefree travertine tile cleaning

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Jul 22, 2015

Quartz Cleaning and Polishing Products

QUESTION: I know it's recommended to use dedicated stone cleaners on granite & marble. But what about Quartz surfaces? What are the best products for

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Jun 16, 2015

Zodiac Counter Top Guide: Dupont Zodiaq Quartz Countertops

A Zodiac counter top is a brand of quartz countertop like Silestone. Learn about Dupont Zodiaq kitchen countertops, colors, cleaning, Zodiaq vs. granite

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May 20, 2015

Travertine Maintenance Sealing & Cleaning Answers

Expert answers on sealing travertine, how to clean stains, etch spots, hard water & soap scum in a travertine shower, floor tile maintenance, proper diagnosis and proven solutions

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Apr 29, 2015

Sealing Marble Shower Tile & Grout

QUESTION: I just installed new marble tile in my bathroom on the shower walls and floor. What is the best sealer for grout and tile in a marble shower?

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Apr 23, 2015

How To Tips & Secrets of Sealing Carrara Marble

Sealing Carrara marble countertops how to tips and secrets
Learn the real story behind sealing Carrara marble:
  • The myth of marble stains
  • Diagnosing different marble spots
  • When to apply a marble sealer
  • The best sealer for Carrara marble
  • Honed vs. polished marble
  • Countertops vs. showers, walls, floors

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Mar 02, 2015

The Best Kitchen Countertop Review: Granite vs. Man-Made Stone

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The "best countertop material" debate goes round and round between granite and man-made stone or quartz countertops.

Fans and experts on both sides claim victory. Some even declare "it's no contest" since one is far superior.

The homeowner is left stuck in the middle confused and conflicted. Certainly, compelling arguments, pros, and cons exist on both sides.

But which "advantages" really matter? And how do you decide?

My detailed granite vs. man-made stone review covers key decision points:

  • Cost Factors
  • Performance Characteristics
  • Maintenance
  • Durability & Repairs
  • Style & Color Choices

And boils it all down to the one key factor to consider when choosing the best countertop material for your kitchen. Click the link to find out...

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Feb 09, 2015

How Often To Seal Granite & Marble Countertops

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It's hard to get a straight answer about sealing granite countertops.

Does your granite need sealing, or not? And how often is re-sealing required?

Every year... every 3 years... 5 years? Which is it?

Every granite is different, so it's not so simple as marking your calendar, but you don't need to guess either.

Click the link below to...

  • Find out what you need to know before applying a sealer...
  • Dispel common and confusing granite sealing myths...
  • Discover the one tried-n-true trick to determine when and how often to seal your granite or marble countertop...
  • Learn about different sealer types and options...

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Jan 27, 2015

Marble Rust Stain Removal

Marble rust stain removal solutions, cleaning rust stains on marble countertops, removing rust stain methods, stain remover recommendations & instructions

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Nov 08, 2014

Marble Polishing: Repair Dull Spots & Marble Etching

Marble Polishing is misunderstood. Learn the facts about how to polish marble and the most effective marble repair for etching, dull spots, glass rings and damaged areas.

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Oct 31, 2014

SCARY SAVINGS on Granite Sealers & Marble Cleaning Products

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Biggest Discount of the Year!

Get 20% OFF all Marble & Granite Countertop Cleaning and Sealing Products.

Dec. 31 - Jan. 2.

Includes the popular SenGuard Permanent Sealer.

Stock Up & Save!

Wow! Order Now... Sale Ends January 2.

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Oct 24, 2014

Which Granite Looks Like White Carrara Marble?

bianco romano granite countertops look like carrara marble
People are crazy for Carrara marble!

Want the lovely look of White Carrara without the tricky maintenance of marble kitchen countertops?

I've got you covered with a bevy of easy-care alternative countertop choices to satisfy your Carrara craving with photos, ideas and tips for savvy selection.

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Aug 28, 2014

Best Outdoor Kitchen Countertops: Pros & Cons Compared

What are the best outdoor kitchen countertops? Compare countertop materials: granite, marble, concrete, soapstone, tile. Most durable & low-maintenance for outdoor kitchens.

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Aug 19, 2014

Laminate Countertops Consumer Guide | Wilsonart | Formica

Updated laminate countertops are a popular pick. See why! This consumer guide details the new pros & cons covering colors, design, cleaning & cost.

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Aug 01, 2014

Repairing Lysol Cleaner Damage on Marble Countertops

Best Marble Repair & cleaning method to fix Lysol Cleaner damage on marble countertops, removing dull spots, polishing and restoring shine.

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Jul 18, 2014

Filling Granite Countertop Fissures

Fissures, granite cracks, pits and other granite countertop surface anomalies can be tricky. Learn the difference, possible solutions and repair options.

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Jun 30, 2014

Cleaning Granite Countertops: No-Brainer How to Clean Granite guide

Cleaning granite countertops is a cinch. Learn how to clean granite countertops with this no-brainer granite care routine: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly tips

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Jun 03, 2014

Corian Counter Tops Reviewed: Colors, Prices, Care & Repair

Confused about Corian counter tops? Truly unique qualities make solid surface countertops a contender. Learn pros & cons, all DuPont Corian details in our review.

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May 10, 2014

Outdoor Kitchen Design: Cabinets, Appliances, Countertops

Outdoor kitchen design Q&A with key tips on granite countertop finishes, edges, bar overhangs, tile substrates, outdoor kitchen appliances, cabinets & base design

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Apr 16, 2014

Outdoor Kitchen Design for Barbeque Grill Safety

Answers to outdoor kitchen design questions on barbeque grill safety, fire-proofing, materials & insulation needed for installing an outdoor kitchen grill...

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Mar 27, 2014

Simple Solutions for Cleaning Marble Juice Stains

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Don’t cry! Juice stains on marble countertops, tables and floor tile are rarely permanent, though it’s a mystery to most how to properly clean or remove marble stains and spots.

The first trick is proper diagnosis, but no worries… you don’t need a doctoral degree to do it!

Just read this post and find out:

  • What happens when juice spills on marble
  • The two types of “stains” that can occur
  • How to diagnose the different spots
  • Tried-n-true DIY solutions for each type
  • What to do if you have both types
  • Questions & Answers for orange, apple,
    lemon, lime and even aloe vera juice!

Click the link to...

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Mar 18, 2014

Limestone Counter Top for Calm and Comfortable Style

A Limestone counter top is velvety-smooth with colors like travertine, but distinct qualities. Install and care are key factors. Learn pros & cons: limestone flooring & countertops

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Feb 28, 2014

Compare Counter Tops Materials: Silestone vs Granite vs Quartz & Corian

Detailed counter tops materials Pros & Cons: Silestone vs granite vs quartz countertops and solid surface. The real differences, deciding factors. Best choice for you!

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Feb 24, 2014

Top Marble Repair Tips for Chips & Pits

Marble repair advice & solutions for pits, nicks & chips in marble countertops, vanities, dining tables. Review options and best choice for easy invisible chip repair.

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Feb 01, 2014

Granite Sealer Sale: 16% Off Super Sunday Savings

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Super Sealer Sale

SCORE BIG.... SAVE 16% on all marble & granite sealers this Sunday only! (Feb 2, 2014)

  • SenGuard Permanent Bond Sealer... the most advanced DIY product available for sealing granite countertops.
  • Stone Care Pro: Impregnating Sealer (gal or quart) Excellent water-based stone sealer.
  • Stone Care Pro: Color-Enhancing Sealer (gal or quart)... apply to darken the color and add sheen to honed countertops and floor tile.

Super-Savings on Super-Sealers... That's a Win! Let's do it! Sunday Only!

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