Assessing your stone tiles

You should routinely assess your stone tiles and take preventative measures.

The best way to avoid big problems with your natural stone tiles is to nip them in the bud when they're little problems. While that may sound easier said than done, if you want ...

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The beauty of Bluestone

Bluestone can be used for many things in and on buildings.

If you're not familiar with different types of stones, Bluestone may sound more exotic than it actually is. That's not to say Bluestone isn't an excellent building material, or ...

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Combatting mold on natural stone

Fortunately for owners of natural stone, this material can be better protected from mold through the use of the right products.

Of all the dangers facing homes and businesses, none are quite as insidious as those caused by mold. Besides being an unsightly development that can ruin a property's aesthethics, ...

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Stone: The key ingredient in recent housing design trends

What better way to replicate that spa feel than with luxurious natural stone?

Recent housing trends across America are showing just how versatile natural stone can be for design and construction. A July 14 article published by the LaCrosse Tribune highlig...

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Choosing the right bathroom countertop

Surface protection is important in bathrooms.

A bathroom countertop isn't just a flat surface to hold your toiletries, it's also an important aesthetic factor in your home. Along with the bathroom's paint job, wallpaper and fi...

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The worst stains and what causes them

Efflorescence is a white powder that can appear on the surface of materials due to salt minerals contained in water.

Many home and business owners enjoy the benefits of natural stone, whether as flooring, wall cladding or countertops. By employing a high-quality impregnating sealer, such as ST...

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Which Dry-Treat sealer should I choose?

Whether it's sealing, cleaning or color enhancement you're after, Dry-Treat has a number of products specially designed to suit your specific needs.

Dry-Treat has a number of high-quality sealers to choose from, but which one is the best choice for you depends on the material you're sealing and what your overall goals are. Afte...

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The differences between various stone surface finishes

Polished stone has a glossy, reflective surface that brings out the stronger colors of a stone.

Choosing natural stone can be an exciting period during the construction (or renovation) of your home. The sheer amount of choice available can make you feel like a kid in a candy ...

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Understanding porosity: How to select the right stone for your needs

Marble, limestone and travertine are more porous and require extra attention.

While shopping around for the perfect natural stone for your home, you will come across a variety of colorful jargon. However, unless you have a background in stone care or mainten...

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Concrete pavers cement their place in homes and businesses

Efflorescence is an issue for all cement-based building materials.

When you think of beautiful home and business designs, concrete may not be the first word that comes to mind. The word itself often conjures up images of boring grey and rough edge...

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Bricks aren’t just for the Land of Oz

With today's focus on green homes and sustainability, brick fits right in.

For many people, when they think bricks, they think the color yellow. Who could forget Dorothy's stroll down the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz, after all? Fortunately, i...

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Driveway care: Basic ways to remove oil stains from concrete

Unfortunately, you car can end up leaving unsightly oil stains on your driveway.

Your driveway is an area that experiences use almost every day. Naturally, the stone you choose to use for this needs to be sturdy in order to deal with the various stains that can...

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Ceramic versus porcelain: Understanding the differences between tiles

While ceramic tiles are made through a kiln, porcelain tiles are fired at a level that drives out water and crystallizes some of the materials' molecules - a process known as vitrification.

Purchasing tiles for your home is a huge step to take, regardless of whether you're building from scratch or renovating your existing home. They will most likely take up large, ope...

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Three common tile cleaning mistakes

A big mistake that many people make when cleaning tiles is failing to think ahead, instead only considering the here and now.

Taking care of your porous surfaces isn't rocket science, and a little bit of common sense will take you a long way. However, there are some common mistakes that people make when c...

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Cleaning wine stains from your porous surfaces

Wine stains don't have to be the end of the world for your tile.

So, the Friday night BBQ is over and now you're waking up on Saturday morning to good memories, a full stomach and a bit of a hangover to boot. But wait, what's this? Wine stain...

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Forget backyards and driveways; bring concrete inside!

Think about introducing concrete into the home

At one time, concrete was viewed as a building material, not a design choice. It was a material best used outside - something cars could drive on, not a focal point for home decor....

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More homeowners likely looking to renovate

Two projects that gave homeowners plenty to smile about when it came to recouping costs were bathroom and kitchen remodels.

It's no surprise that people are more willing to renovate their homes and add natural stone to their properties when the weather is nice, especially if they plan on doing outside w...

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The benefits of cleaning green

Plenty of home and business owners are aware of the sustainable aspects of natural stone. As the Natural Stone Council points out, stone is "inherently earth-friendly". "Natu...

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