What do I do if my stone cracks?

Prevent this sight from appearing on your stone.

Is there anything worse than a crack? It's truly one of the worst things that can happen to your stone. Think about it: If you leave a mark on your marble, you can still ...

Getting your stone ready for Santa’s visit – stains to watch out for

The fun-sized figure of the festive season could leave your stone with a few flaws.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, you can expect to find a stranger rummaging through your house in the dead of night, eating your food and promptly disappearing into the dusk. W...

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Getting your brick chimney ready for Christmas

For most of the year, there's a good chance you've simply been using the fireplace to your heart's content, heedless of the consequences. The likely result is a deeply stained fire...

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All you need to know about Accredited Applicators

An accredited applicator is a tradesperson trained in using Dry-Treat products.

When you fork out the money for a marble floor or a granite countertop, you want to have premium surface protection to ensure your investment stays secure. That's where a Dry-...

What’s on your Dry-Treat Christmas wish-list?

With Christmas on the horizon, for many people it's time to start considering what they want to appear in their stockings come morning. If you're something of an athlete, perhap...

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Have you been naughty or nice to your stone this year?

Have you treated your natural stone well or poorly this year?

It's not enough to install a granite countertop, a slate patio or a limestone floor, then sit back and enjoy your beautiful new item. Being the owner of a natural stone featur...

Christmas crafts could mean calamity for your stone

Craft work these holidays could leave your stone in bad shape.

These days, families are just as - if not more - likely to spend Christmas watching television or playing video games as the more traditional holiday activities of yesteryear. But ...

Surface protection and UV light

Sunlight is the main source of UV light.

For something that we're literally in contact with for hours every day, most of us know very little about ultraviolet (UV) light. But getting a little more familiar with UV ra...

Don’t let Christmas fruitcake mean curtains for your stone

Baking can be messy at the best of times.

Christmas is a time of giving, well-wishing and goodwill to all mankind. It also traditionally the time of fruitcake. Depending on where you stand on the fruitcake issue, this i...

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The IICRC’s top 5 holiday stains

If you've been scratching your head and wondering what the most common stains of the holiday season are, then scratch and wonder no more. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and ...

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Top 3 surface cleaning don’ts

It's no secret that, as durable, long-lasting and beautiful natural stone is, it's also sensitive. Being the owner of a slate countertop, for instance, or a limestone til...

Top 4 Christmas toys that can stain your natural stone

Every Christmas morning, things get that little bit louder as the kids come screaming down to the tree, snatching their presents and ripping off the wrapping paper to see how Santa...

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How long will my natural stone last?

The fact that these are still around bodes well for the durability of natural stone.

When you install a new feature in your home, whether timber, natural stone or any other material, one of the first questions you want to ask is: How long is this feature going to b...

From crushed rock to driveways: the story of concrete

A quarry is where just about all concrete has its genesis.

Every day, we interact in some way with concrete. Whether we're driving to work, sitting in the post office, shoveling snow from our driveways or even directly cleaning concre...

Stone and air: Opposites attract?

Earth and air are elements that are more connected than you might think.

The classical theory of the world had it that there were four elements that were the basic building blocks of everything worldly: Earth, water, fire and air. While these are c...

Stone tiles vs. carpet: The age-old question

What are the advantages of choosing stone over carpet?

When it comes to flooring, there are two go-to options one might consider. You could go for carpet, whether in the form of tiles or all over. Or you might choose to go the natural ...

Choosing the right stone for your kitchen features

Stone can add elegance to the kitchen - if you use it right.

The kitchen: For some it's the centerpiece of the home, the area around which the rest of the home decor and layout revolves. For others, it's simply one room among many, but one v...

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Which is it: Marble or limestone?

Can you tell what stone you're looking at here?

Marble and limestone are like two peas in a pod - if one of those peas was exposed to extremely high pressure and temperatures and subsequently became a much denser version of the ...

Your guide to identifying mold

It's safe to say that nobody likes mold. There's no fan club devoted to it, there are no hats or stickers bearing its name and if you asked the average person on the street what th...

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