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Crack to Square One: How to Deal with Damaged Stone

If you’re like us, then seeing a crack in your table, counter or slab is the last thing you want to deal with. Right up their with visiting the dentist. After all the time and money you spent selecting your surface and getting it installed, seeing it damaged is often a big shock (and pain too!).

The Rule of Scum

Travertine is an attractive variety of limestone known for its distinctive swirling and texture and it’s a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. If you have a travertine shower then you know the surface can be riddled with small, naturally-formed pores, which are prone to collecting soap scum.

Don’t Mold it Against Me

If you struggle with basement mold, you are not alone. It’s a common problem in many homes, particularly those with damp, dark basements—conditions which turn your basement into the promised land for mold and mildew.

The Soapstone Layer

If you’re drawn to the dark beauty of granite and the soft veining of marble, then you’ll love soapstone.

Slate Minds Think Alike

Slate is a metamorphic stone. If you can remember back to your middle school science class, that means it’s the result of a transformation of pre-existing rock under great pressure and temperature.

The Stain Event

One of the most desirable qualities about natural stone is its versatility. Used in sculptures, monuments, buildings, and yes, floors and kitchen countertops. Hard, colorful and beautiful, yet susceptible to staining.

You Had Me at Patio

Now that summer is in full swing, chances are you’ll want to spend some time outside. And what better way to do that than on the beautiful stone, slate or brick paver patio in your own backyard.

May the Quartz Be with You

Quartz countertops are a man-made alternative to natural stone countertops..When talking quartz counters names like “Zodiaq” and “Stilestone” come to mind.

The Day After Terrazzo

Back during the time of the Venetians and Romans, marble was already a popular material used for architecture, flooring, and sculpture. As a result, there was a surplus of marble chips and pieces available after the completion of a project or commission.

Dust in Time for Summer

There are plenty of things to look forward to as summer approaches. The Fourth of July, longer days, warm nights, and going to the beach. However, summer sun and wind may also bring with it dust, dirt, sand and pollen that can be tracked in and coat your stone surfaces.

I Should Have Stone Better

If you’ve ever had your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office then you know the difference professional care makes. Not just because of the equipment and tools used but also because of the order of care.

It’s Sedimentary, my dear Watson

What do marble, limestone, and travertine have in common? For one, they’re all sedimentary stones—although something tells me you knew that already.

COLORSeal Your World

Grout can be a pain. A real frustration. No matter how hard you try it just won’t stay clean, come clean, or return to that original appearance. Dirty grout can really affect the aesthetic of a room or space.

TileLok’ed and Loaded

When you think of granite what are some words that come to mind? Stone? Makes sense. Durable? Still reasonable. Countertops? On a roll here. What about hygienic?

Don’t Count(ertop) Me Out

When you think of granite what are some words that come to mind? Stone? Makes sense. Durable? Still reasonable. Countertops? On a roll here. What about hygienic?

Don’t Mold It Against Me

Nobody likes mold. From finding it on the last slice of bread or in the corners of your stone tile shower. Its appearance is rarely met with anything other than disgust, but have you ever taken the time to learn about it? Most haven’t.

Good Things Scum To Those Who Wait

Soap scum. Sometimes it seems like you’re in a never-ending battle with the stuff. Because no matter how often you clean your tile shower soap scum will build up from time to time.

Tile We Meet Again

Natural stone like granite, marble, and travertine can really enhance the aesthetic of a space. There’s just something about having natural materials around that feels right. And the maintenance required for keeping those materials looking their best is the trade-off we make...

The Early Bird Gets The Germ

Natural stone like granite, marble, and travertine can really enhance the aesthetic of a space. There’s just something about having natural materials around that feels right. And the maintenance required for keeping those materials looking their best is the trade-off we make...

Marble Madness

It seems like every building you walk into nowadays has some sort of marble surface. Businesses may have marble floors, walls, or architectural elements. Homes may have marble décor and kitchen countertops...

Smells Like Travertine Spirit

If your home or business contains travertine surfaces then you share something in common with many ancient Romans, who extensively used travertine throughout the iconic Colosseum along with many other structures...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Stainless

While MARBLELIFE is known for its outstanding stone care services and products, we also know a few things about non-stone surfaces. Stainless steel is a popular material choice for kitchens and bathrooms due to its resistance to corrosion and rust. However, just like natural stone, stainless steel has its own vulnerabilities. If dirt, debris, or grime are allowed to settle into the surface or are improperly cleaned, that beautiful clean appearance may be short-lived.

Our Commercial Customers Are Marbleous!

If you’re sick and tired of your dirty shower area, Marblelife can help! You don’t have to re-tile or replace a thing. It’s all in the products you choose.

Our Appreciation Is Carved In Stone

At MARBLELIFE, we take great pride in our products and services, but we would be nothing without our amazing customers. So we’d like to take the time to give a heartfelt thanks to all our residential customers, old and new, for welcoming us into your homes.

Weapons Of Acid Destruction

Despite what you may think, all floors are susceptible to damage. This damage can come from chips or cracks, grime and debris, and, yes, even from the products you use to care for it. In fact, the biggest culprit of stone-and-tile floor wear and damage is the use of improper cleaners and maintenance products...

Proper Countertop Care? Your Wish Is Granite

Properly protected and cared for, granite will last generations…but its not indestructible.

The Great Groutsby

If you have tile floors or tile countertops, then you know grout appearance can either enhance the look of a room or do the exact opposite. It’s the difference between “beautiful” and “disgustingly embarrassing.” A source of pride or frustrating depending on one’s success (and understanding) regarding how to maintain these surfaces.

Little Mop of Horrors

It may be time to ditch the mop. You’ve had your good times, but sometimes you just grow apart. When that happens it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. And as time has progressed, we’ve learned that mopping isn’t the best way to clean your floors anyway.

Don't Take It For Granite

Granite is one of the world’s hardest and most beautiful countertop materials… when maintained and cared for properly. Acid resistant, it is an ideal kitchen counter top material, able to resist interactions with acidic foods and spills far better than its more sensitive cousin, marble, which is easily etched.

Its not YOU, or your CLEANER, it may be your FLOOR…

More than 25 years ago, a senior executive for one of the largest chemical companies in the world directed his team of PHD Chemists to solve his biggest problem.

But I sealed my grout?

You will be surprised how many new homeowners are surprised to learn they do not have gray grout but a bright tan. You are not alone.

YES, YOU CAN HAVE A SAFE, CLEAN, GLOSSY MARBLE FLOOR.

Check out the reflectivity and clarity on this floor. One may be hard pressed to believe that less than 8 hours ago, it was a traffic worn, etch covered cause of tears for a well-intended home owner.

Proper Care Of Your Marble, Travertine & Terrazzo Surfaces

Marble is a beautiful natural surface with lots of character.

The Most Often Overlooked Aspect of Bathroom Remodeling – YOUR FLOOR

One of the most often overlooked aspect of bathroom remodeling is the floor- other than matching wall and tile colors. What most people often do not realize is that they can change the color of their grout without the mess, dust and delay of cutting it out or replacing the floor.

The Most Often Overlooked Aspect of Bathroom Remodeling – YOUR FLOOR

One of the most often overlooked aspect of bathroom remodeling is the floor- other than matching wall and tile colors. What most people often do not realize is that they can change the color of their grout without the mess, dust and delay of cutting it out or replacing the floor.

To Seal My Stone Or Not To Seal, That Is The Question

When in doubt seal – it is less expensive than the cost of removing a stain (which is never guaranteed).

Heres A "How To" Guide To Keeping Your Tile & Grout Beautiful

Don’t just seal your grout – Colorseal your grout.

When To Use A Stone Care Professional

If you your surface feels rough, appears dull, stained, chipped or damaged it is unlikely that cleaning will make it any better.

Avoid These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Granite Counter-top

Congratulations! You made an excellent choice in countertop materials. If cleaned and treated properly your granite counter will maintain a like-new appearance for not just years but decades.

Granite Is Indestructible - WRONG!

Cracks, pits, scratches, and dullness do happen to granite and it’s not as hard to do as one might think. A slight scraping of a chair across a floor or an appliance on a countertop can cause damage.

What Kind of Surprise is Your Floor Offering Up this Easter?

Those little ones love the Easter Egg hunt about as much as they like putting those little hands in their mouths. What many may not consider, is that the Easter Egg Hunt holiday season sees us encouraging more contact with the floors.

Grout Gets No Respect!

When we look at our floor it is generally the Tile that we focus on, yet when we are looking at a dirty floor, it’s the grout that is generally the culprit.

Caring For Marble Floors Can Be Easy If You Do It Right!

It is often thought that marble flooring is pretty much maintenance free since it is all natural stone that has been quarried from mountain ranges.

Keeping Your Showers and Tub Surrounds Sparkling!

If you’re sick and tired of your dirty shower area, Marblelife can help! You don’t have to re-tile or replace a thing. It’s all in the products you choose.

Identifying Granite and Quartz

Granite is in high demand these days and for good reason. It’s beautiful, durable, and adds value to your home.

Tile & Grout - Basic Care

Clean, untarnished grout is key to keeping your man-made floors and counter tops looking new.

Coatings or Impregnators

How do you determine if you should use a coating or an impregnator for your floor? Both have advantages and disadvantages, so how do you know which one to use?

Sealing Your New Ceramic Tile

To determine if your ceramic tile needs to be sealed, you will need to determine how absorbent the tile is. Most ceramic tile is nonabsorbent and will not need to be sealed.

Should My Granite Countertop Be Sealed

Many argue that granite and other stones do not need to be sealed. This, however, really is not the case.

Solving A Problem With Your Granite Countertop

Granite is a natural stone which comes in many colors. Granite is mainly made of 30% quartz and 60% feldspar. Granite is resistant to most acids and rarely leaves stains or dull spots.

A Guide to Cleaning Your Old Tile Grout

If you have tile in your home, whether it is a floor, shower wall or in the kitchen; chances are the grout will eventually look dirty or stained.

Changing The Color Of Your Existing Grout

Grout is an important part of your tiled area whether it is a floor or wall.

Repairing a Scratched Granite Countertop

Granite is one of the hardest stones, second only to diamond, a factor that contributes to it being the superior choice for kitchen countertops and floors.

The Importance of Cleaning New Grout

Cleaning your new grout on a tile project is a critical part of keeping your tile looking good. Cleaning it in a timely manner is of most importance.

Understanding Granite Tile

Homeowners all over have made the choice to use a beautiful but practical natural stone for their interior and exterior projects. Granite is a prime choice because of its versatile look and durability.

A Guide For Cleaning Your Marble

Due to its elegance, durability and ageless beauty, stone is being specified and installed in increasing quantities these days.

CHIPS & CRACK REPAIRS SAVE MONEY AND APPEARANCE

Your first thought is “OH NO I AM GOING TO HAVE TO REPLACE IT?” Its chipped or cracked and looks terrible.

Get To Know Your Granite Surfaces

Granite is a beautiful stone as well as being one of the hardest of the natural stone surfaces. Unlike its plastic counterparts, or the composite counters granite offers superior heat resistance.

Health Benefits Of Removing Shower Mold And Mildew

Just like every other house in America, there is most likely mildew and mold in the showers. This is something that happens to a lot of people but it seems like very few people actually know what the health risks are of having mold and mildew in the showers.

How to care for your marble floors

Marble floors are breathtaking, and can add a lot of value to a persons home.

Kitchen Renovations - Marble and Granite Countertops

In today’s world, everyone wants their house to look as beautiful as what royals had in yester years. Many places in the house which had, till now, been ignored are getting the much needed attention they required.

The Key To A Good-Looking Stone

Stone surfaces can appear dull and dirty with time, despite your best cleaning efforts, and sometimes perhaps because of them. Stone floors lose their high polish over time.