Tips For Travertine Protection

When it comes to tile flooring, one option that many homeowners throughout the country choose is travertine. Travertine is a type of limestone that can be effectively used as an alternative to more expensive marble or granite tiles.

There are a lot of benefits to using travertine stone. For example, besides being cheaper, they are also very durable, environmentally-friendly, easy to replace and available in all kinds of colors and styles. However, they are very porous as well as reactive to acidic substances, which means that regular maintenance and proper care are very important.

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How Often Do You Need to Seal Granite Countertops?

When it comes to countertop materials, granite has by far been the most popular choice for homeowners throughout the country. It’s not difficult to see why: granite is extremely durable, provides a beautiful and unique look, and is resistant to both heat and scratches, which makes it the perfect fit for the kitchen space.

However, granite is not without its drawbacks, the biggest one being that granite is a porous material. Fortunately, you can counteract this by sealing your granite countertop.

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How Much Extra Tile Should You Save?

Rarely can you buy the exact amount of tile that you need for a wall or floor tile project. Even if you can, you still need extra for the inevitable cracked tile and other problems. 

Many people stick to a rule of 10% extra tile, but you may need more in some cases. Other times, you can confidently save money by buying less if you have a great estimate of the materials from the start.

Take these considerations into account when deciding how much tile to order. Then, be sure to apply a good seal after installation and keep the extra tile in a safe place for later.

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How to Keep Your Grout Clean

Stone and tile surfaces should be used and enjoyed, not avoided for the sake of keeping them clean. Yet the risk of grout stains makes it hard to preserve the beauty of your floors and walls even if the stone or tile remains in good shape. Grout is white and porous—a risky combination in terms of staining.

You can always get a clean slate with grout recoloring or regrouting. Of course, everyone would prefer to prevent grout stains and keep everything looking (and smelling) clean in the first place!
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Marble Countertop Care Tips

If your home has marble countertops, they are probably your favorite part of the home — or else you regret the decision entirely. Marble is as beautiful as it is prone to stains and scratches. The beauty can last with relatively little maintenance, as long as you know the right and wrong ways protect it. 

Caring for marble counters is actually very straightforward. Here’s what to do, and what to remember the next time a spill occurs.  Read More

10 Tips to Protect Marble Floors

Taking care of a marble floor may sound like quite a chore, but it’s really just a matter of keeping it clean and dry. A strong seal makes it even easier to prevent stains and etching. With the right foundation, protecting a marble floor can be just as easy as any other surface.

We’ve collected our top 10 tips for preventing stains and scratches on marble floors:  Read More

What Is Lippage on Floor Tile?

Can you slide a coin across your tile floor without it stopping? If you’ve noticed uneven heights of tiles, that’s called lippage. Tile lippage simply means uneven heights of adjacent tiles. You see or feel a “lip” sticking out.

Poor installation often causes floor tile lippage, but other factors including inconsistencies from the tile manufacturer can also be to blame. Depending on the tile, location, and your own preferences, a floor with up to 1/8” of lippage may be unnoticeable. Bigger differences, or in places where you simply want a perfectly flat surface, will need lippage repairs.

Tile lippage can look awkward on a backsplash or shower wall, but floor tile lippage can be dangerous. Severe lippage creates a tripping hazard and the problem has the potential to get worse over time due to settling, moisture, or cracked tiles.  Read More

How to Remove Etching from a Granite Countertop

If you have etched granite that has become dull, grainy, or scratched, you have probably figured out by now that wiping it down with granite cleaner does nothing to remove the etching. You can sanitize the stone, but the etching remains.

This type of granite damage can be called etching, pitting, dulling, or scratching. Unlike scratches from ceramic, diamond jewelry, or other stone, the scratches that we call “etching” are due to a chemical reaction. 

To remove etching from a granite countertop, the stone must be sanded or ground to level the surface. Once it’s smoothed out, the granite can be buffed, polished, or honed and then sealed for protection. Read More

Types of Stone Finishes

Along with the cut and color, stone finishes determine the aesthetics and maintenance needs of natural stone countertops, floors, and surfaces. Polishing and honing have long been the most popular stone finishes, but a variety of textures can be created. 

If you don’t love the finish on your countertops or floors, you can always opt for stone restoration to provide a makeover with a different honed or polished effect. Read More

10 Tips to Protect Granite Countertops

The popularity of granite countertops has as much to do with their durability and low maintenance as it does with the stone’s natural beauty. Granite is not impervious to stains and damage, however, so it’s good to protect this wonderful part of your home with the proper maintenance. 

Here are our 10 favorite tips for protecting granite countertops the right way. Read More