Posted by The Lennys | January 29, 2021

It’s happened to the best of us: As we’re cleaning up after dinner, perhaps putting everything in its place after plating up our favorite homemade comfort food, we notice a spot on the floor. We frown. We bend over – we wipe at the spot – and grimace, realizing that our lovely stone floors have…

Posted by The Lennys | January 29, 2021

If you perform a quick Internet search for marble floor cleaners, you’ll find a treasure trove of articles promising you immaculate results with no effort whatsoever – as long as you use a specific DIY solution. Marble is a relatively soft, delicate stone; there’s a reason why it’s been reserved, over centuries, for fabulous pieces…

Ways to Get Rid of Grout Haze on Your Stone Tiles
Posted by The Lennys | July 10, 2020

Whether you’re planning a renovation or a new home build, there are seemingly endless choices to make everywhere you look. Cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, doors, blinds, and, of course, flooring. What makes this even more difficult is that the choice of one can completely upend your plans for another, forcing you to start all over again….

Mop Natural Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | June 4, 2020

It feels like stone flooring is all the rage these days, but really, we’re just seeing a resurgence of the long reigning king – a title it held for centuries until relatively recent. It’s easy to see why, of course, there’s a reason why the only buildings we have left from these ancient times were…

Kitchen Limestone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | May 2, 2020

Dating all the way back to the pyramids of Egypt and Roman structures that still stand today, limestone has been a foundational building material from the very beginning. The stone is formed under high pressure over millennia as deposits of rock and accumulation of coral, mollusks and algae break down along the seafloor. These layers…

Heat & Marble Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 27, 2020

Having been used throughout history as a famously high end and luxurious building material, adorning everything from the Taj Mahal, to the ancient Egyptian pyramids and ubiquitous carved columns in Greece. To this day marble is prized for its high-class appearance, structural rigidity and unparalleled timelessness. However, all that beauty requires some rather specific maintenance…

Cleaning Travertine
Posted by The Lennys | March 20, 2020

If it was good enough to make up the majority of the Colosseum’s structure, we think it’s a safe bet travertine is up to the task in your home. That’s not to say this tough stone is maintenance free, though. While it has mostly stood the test of time structurally in Rome, keeping this natural…

Kitchen Limestone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | December 20, 2019

Many of the granite blocks and slabs used to build the ancient pyramids of Egypt came from quarries at Aswan, a region located along the Nile River, but the bulk of stone materials came from Minya, a town to the south of Cairo. The limestone quarries of Minya are still operational to this day. Similar…

Removing Oil Stain on Natural-Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | December 11, 2019

When you visit Rome and other historic cities where many ancient marble monuments and sculptures can be appreciated, their magnificent appearance has a lot to do with the restoration work performed by archaeologists. Some of the most stubborn stains on marble sculptures are caused by contact with objects containing iron. Curators are able to remove…

Kitchen Floor Tiles Ceramic or Natural Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | November 6, 2019

When thinking about a new kitchen or a remodeling project, you have to start from the bottom up. The flooring color, design, and materials should be decided upon before thinking about the cabinets, countertops, wall colors, and appliances. The floor should set the tone for the rest of the project, and the surface material should…

Removing Dry Grout Between Stone Floor Tiles San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | October 4, 2019

Grouting is part of natural-stone tile installations. The only way to avoid it is by opting for joined panels instead of tiles, and this isn’t recommended for flooring applications. Contractors generally expect that some grouting material, whether it’s mortar or silicone-based, will get on the tiles, which is why many of them carefully work in…

Mistakes to Avoid on Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | October 2, 2019

“Foot selfies” are the latest Instagram and Pinterest trends, and they have a strong focus on flooring aesthetics. Interior designers are loving this digital photography trend, and they’ve noticed that natural-stone tiles are taking the lead, particularly marble, slate, limestone, and granite. You can never go wrong with natural-stone tiles for your living spaces. They’re…

Safe Way to Clean Grout on Natural-Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | September 25, 2019

Grout lines are an important aspect of just about all tile installations, whether they’re used for flooring, decorative backsplash details, shower walls, or surrounds. Even though grouting work doesn’t really help much in terms of tile stability, there’s a very good reason for making sure at least some space is left between tiles: protecting the…

Care for Limestone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | September 6, 2019

When famous designer Gloria Vanderbilt passed away in 2019, many real estate and architectural publications recalled some of the fabulous properties she lived in. One of the most spectacular listings Vanderbilt left behind is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It’s a seven-story townhouse dating back to 1891, and one of its most…

Reasons to Seal Travertine Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | August 14, 2019

Travertine is a type of sedimentary rock usually found in geological sites where geothermal activity resulted in the concentration of calcium carbonate within groundwater pools. It’s common in hot spring areas where mineralization processes formed mounds and terraces. Ancient masonry workshops in the Roman Empire preferred to work with travertine when building parts of monumental…

Benefits of Granite Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | July 10, 2019

Granite is a popular choice of construction material among homeowners who want an aesthetic solution for their kitchen and bathroom countertops, but this natural stone is sometimes overlooked as a flooring material. Even if you opt for engineered stone or laminate material for your counters, you should strongly consider installing granite tiles on your floors….

Mop Natural Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | April 19, 2019

Proper maintenance of natural-stone flooring boils down to realizing that Mother Nature created and nurtured the beautiful surfaces of your home, and now it’s up to you to care for them. The finishing process stone tiles go through prior to installation isn’t natural. The polished limestone floors that adorn your foyer didn’t look like that…

How to Clean Marble Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | January 16, 2019

The history of marble being cut into square tiles for flooring purposes goes back to the days before the magnificent Parthenon in Greece, which means it hasn’t gone out of style in more than 2,500 years. During this time, marble extraction, finishing, installation, and cleaning techniques have greatly advanced and improved. Marble flooring requires a…

Natural Stone Floors in Home
Posted by The Lennys | July 18, 2018

As a homeowner interested in upgrading your floors, the various options you can consider fall into two main categories: natural and engineered. Natural materials include hardwood, bamboo, and stones such as slate, granite, and marble. In the engineered category, you can find laminate materials, ceramic tiles, vinyl, carpeting, quartz, and engineered hardwood. Flooring materials tend…

Stone Tile Floors
Posted by The Lennys | June 29, 2018

Natural stone is the best choice of material for homeowners who wish to upgrade their floors and boost the value of their properties. In the United States, homeowners have a quite a few types of natural-stone floor tiles to choose from. Making the right choice is a matter of considering interior décor preferences, cost, and…

Mudroom Stone Flooring
Posted by The Lennys | May 4, 2018

Some coastal homes have side entrances that serve as spaces where residents and guests can drop off their sandy shoes, towels, surfboards, and fishing gear as they return from the beach. There was a time when mudrooms exclusively preceded the foyer. These days, they are more likely to be connected to the garage or the…

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