What survived the Great Chicago Fire? Natural stone did

Stone was able to withstand the flames of the Great Chicago Fire.

Some stones are more hardy and durable than others - marble is universally known to be harder than sandstone. On the whole, however natural stone is recognized as a tough material ...

Matching Dry-Treat products to your surface

Sometimes it seems like there are as many Dry-Treat products as there are types of natural stone! Sandstone, concrete, marble, terracotta - on which are you meant to apply Dry...

How to choose the right Dry-Treat cleaning product

The location of what you're cleaning plays a big role in what product to use.

Dry-Treat offers consumers a wealth of options for surface cleaning. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know which product to use. In many instances, the right choice wil...

The cure for concrete cancer

Water gets into cracks like these and erodes the concrete from within.

Achilles had his heel. Samson had his flowing locks. Siegfried had his shoulder. Even the toughest of us have our weak points. It wouldn't surprise you, then, to learn that even...

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Topical vs. Impregnating sealers: What you need to know

So you've decided you're going to do it: You're going to seal your stone. You've weighed up the options and realized it's going to make a lot more sense - given the type of stone...

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The skinny on sealers

While topical sealers provide some benefits, they also come with unique disadvantages.

Home or business owner, granite or marble aficionado, interior or exterior planner - if you're working with natural stone, chances are you've heard a fair share about seale...

Sleeping with the fishes – and natural stone

Putting stone near a fish pond means a high chance of water being splashed on it.

If you want your garden to be the talk of the neighbourhood, installing a fish pond could well be the way to do it. Not only is it an impressive feature that can give your yard are...

Everything you wanted to know about concrete but were too afraid to ask

Concrete is one of the ubiquitous building materials we so often take for granted. We interact with concrete every day without thinking about it - in our garages, walking and drivi...

NIST: Building the foundations of stone surface protection

The effects of the weather on rock is plainly visible on the NIST Stone Test Wall.

It's a given that when you make use of natural stone outside, you've got to prepare for all kinds of potential damage - not the least being the gradual impact of weathering...

How to spot a stain

Natural stone is vulnerable to stains - that's a fact. However, it's also true that part of what makes the appearance of natural stone so striking is the unique nature of i...

4 easy methods of stain prevention

The natural dyes in leaves can seep into natural stone.

No one likes a stain, particularly if it happens to be on your natural stone surface. Sure, you probably chose natural stone because of its toughness, but be honest - the aesthetic...

Monument Valley: Symbol of the West and surface protection

Monument Valley's creation shows the power of the elements to weather stone.

In the dry, red sands of southern Utah lies the majestic Monument Valley, admired for generations by both Americans and the world over for its grandeur and beauty. With its to...

Pros and cons of tile floors

Tiles are often made from natural stone.

The floor under your feet is easy to take for granted, but as many home and business owners know, the right flooring choice can make or break a room.People seeking variety will be ...

Top 5 reasons to use natural stone in your home

The beauty and durability of natural stone makes it a great choice.

From entryway floors and staircases to kitchen countertops and backsplashes, every home can benefit from incorporating natural stone.But just what are the benefits?While it may see...

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