Kitting out your bar with natural stone

If you're running a bar, drinks will get spilled.

Nothing says high-end quite like stone. It's not surprising, then, that numerous bars - or pubs, or taverns, or taprooms - make use of stone to give their premises an ext...

Exposed brick in the kitchen – another dangerous combination

A pizza oven is one case where brick might find its way in the kitchen.

Stop the presses: Using brick in the kitchen is okay again! It used to be that people spent money, time and sweat in order to cover up the brick their properties were made out o...

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Surface protection of another kind with the Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos was made from a unique rock found on Florida's east coast.

Usually, when pontificating on the topic of natural stone, we talk about the need for people to apply surface protection. It's not often that it's the reverse - the stone surface p...

Top 4 stones for pool decking

A pool and stone decking go together like bacon and eggs. A well-made, finely crafted stone area is the perfect compliment for a home pool, creating a lagoon-like feel to your outd...

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All the ways of water damage

Water can damage stone in a variety of ways.

Water has the potential to damage natural stone. There, we said it. But it's not the end of the world. Knowing is half the battle, and when you know how water damage can commonl...

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A lesson on granite protection from the Gettysburg Memorial

The cannons and statutes of Gettysburg suffered damage over the decades.

There may not be more hallowed American soil than that of the 4,000 acre Gettysburg National Military Park. Millions come every year to see for themselves the ground on which 51,00...

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How to use a poultice for stain removal

For the vast majority of stains, whether juice, leaves, oil or anything in between, you can generally remove them with ordinary household objects or, if need be, a commercial stain...

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Top 3 Halloween stain removal situations

Halloween is traditionally a time of year when all the ghouls and goblins come out to play. It's the day when hordes of trick-or-treaters flood the streets, knocking on door after ...

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Trick or Dry-Treat: Caring for gravestones this Halloween

Cleaning gravestones means cleaning your property of spooky spirits.

Campfire gatherings are replete with tales of vengeful spirits returning from beyond the grave to haunt and harass the living. With Halloween not far away now, it's likely you your...

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How to clean grout with HANAFINN Oxy-Klenza™

If you install natural stone tiles in your home, you should always seal the grout in order to protect it from stains and damage. However, if you've purchased a home with tiles a...

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You don’t need Greenstone to have a green stone

Natural stone can be healthy for the environment.

Climate change is a hot topic lately, pardon the pun. With world leaders trying to reduce its effects and experts warning of the potential consequences of doing nothing, it seems ...

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META CRÈME™: The low-VOC sealing solution

VOCs come in the form of both gas and liquid.

You've just had new marble tiles installed on your kitchen floor. They're everything you dreamed of. Gleaming, beautiful and spotless, they'll be the centerpiece of your kitchen. N...

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The top 3 sandstone monuments in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is many things - the nation's capital, the seat of our democracy and the site of many a historic moment. But did you also know that it is home to some of the co...

3 methods of surface protection for your chimney

Brick is a natural choice of material for a chimney, not least because of its durability. As the Brick Industry Association (BIA) tells us, brick is made when a mixture of shale an...

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Grout protection is tile protection

Leaks in the bathroom can quickly lead to moldy grout if proper care is not taken

Tiles are one of the most common forms you're likely to see natural stone take around the home. As with any decorative material, however, they're prone to damage.In this ca...

Using marble in your Greek home design

Adding marble to your interior design can give your home a Greek flavour.

The Greeks gave us plenty of inspiration - from philosophy to democracy, we've never been shy in adopting the best of their ideas for modern times. So why not follow suit when i...

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