Stone Care

Stone Care

Bluestone for Outdoor Spaces
Posted by The Lennys | September 15, 2020

Whether you’ve got yourself a nice new bluestone patio or are looking into having it installed, the question comes up on what is needed to make it last. The good news is that aside from a few special considerations and best practices, it’s very low-maintenance stuff! Its overall durability is what lends itself to be…

Care for Bathroom Made of Marble San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | August 6, 2020

Not that resale value is everything, but one of the first rules of home investing is that the best value for your money comes from the kitchen and bathrooms. These are the two most remodeled areas of the home for that reason. These are also two areas where design trends come and go the quickest,…

How to Get Rid of Cloudiness on Granite Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | July 28, 2020

Granite, marble or other stone countertops are a major investment into your home, so it stands to reason that you would want to keep them looking their best – if not only for yourself but to maintaining strong resale value down the line. One common issue you might find on your stone is that it…

Benefits of Installing Marble Countertops
Posted by The Lennys | July 28, 2020

Let us know if this sounds familiar: You’ve narrowed down your selection for countertops from granite, quartz, quartzite and settled on marble as what you want to invest in for your home. Now when it comes to shopping for marble, there seem to be more choices for types of marble than there even were kinds…

Slate Damage to Avoid San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | July 10, 2020

With the widespread popularity of granite and marble countertops, we’ve seen more and more people choose slate as stone countertop alternative. Not only does slate offer a unique look over other options, but there are practical benefits as well. Not only is slate usually less expensive than granite or marble, but it’s a tough material…

What Stone to use for Natural-Stone Shower Walls San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | June 11, 2020

From watching any home or interior design show from House Hunters to MTV’s Cribs, the two places that always seem to get the most attention are the kitchen and the bathroom. It’s easy to see why, as that’s where some of the most lavish flourishes are shown off. Stone showers in particular hold roots all…

Caring for marble floors
Posted by The Lennys | May 29, 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…

Remove Oil Stains from Granite Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | May 22, 2020

There’s nothing quite like that mirror-like finish on a freshly installed slab of granite, marble or other natural stone. Whether your countertops used to look like something off the cover of a home improvement magazine and have lost their shine, or you want to maintain the finish you have now, there are a few best…

Guide to Quartz Counters
Posted by The Lennys | May 22, 2020

With all the options available today, it is simultaneously the best and the most overwhelming time to be in the market for stone countertops. We have more options available to us today than ever before, but all that choice leads to something we like to call Options Paralysis. With so many different materials, finishes and…

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…

Interesting Details About Slate
Posted by The Lennys | May 2, 2020

Slate has been a staple building material for hundreds of years, from historical buildings in Pennsylvania sporting slate features, to now where it’s seeing a bit of a resurgence. With modern rustic design becoming huge over the last decade that seems to have risen hand-in-hand with the craft brewery boom. For a local example to…

How to disinfect your granite and other natural stone
Posted by The Lennys | March 27, 2020

In this continually changing landscape of health concerns, it’s more important than ever to stay informed on best health practices — especially when dealing with food-prep surfaces such as your countertops. When it comes to natural-stone surfaces in particular, there are more considerations in terms of cleaning, disinfecting and caring for than with other materials….

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…

Care for Bathroom Made of Marble San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | January 8, 2020

A bathroom entirely clad in creamy-white Carrara marble is a design idea many homeowners dream about. According to Kitchen & Bath Design News, marble in the bathroom is a trend we’ll continue to see in 2020, particularly when it’s underscored by recessed lighting and dark contrast details such as narrow backsplashes. Some homeowners may feel…

Using Backing Soda Safe on Natural Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | December 18, 2019

The sodium bicarbonate powdered compound more commonly known as baking soda was first produced in the year 1791 by a French chemist, and one of its first applications outside of the laboratory was mentioned by the British author Rudyard Kipling in the early 1800s as a product used by fishermen to prevent early spoilage of…

Daring for Slate Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | June 14, 2019

Slate is one of the most traditional natural-stone materials you can choose for your counters, particularly in the kitchen. Centuries before dark granite slabs became popular in North American kitchens, slate was predominant in residential interiors, mostly in the New England colonies. Slate is highly metamorphic, which means it will go through changes as time…

Care for Fireplace Made of Marble San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 29, 2019

Natural-stone fireplaces will never go out of style, particularly those that feature elaborate surrounds made with creamy Carrara marble, but they can easily lose their visual appeal if they’re not given proper maintenance. The marble itself will last for several decades, but its appearance can become compromised by soot, ashes, and even common stains such…

How to Get Rid of Rust Stain on Natural Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 20, 2019

Rust stains can form on just about any type of surface, and they’re likely to occur on natural-stone tiles and slabs because of their chemical composition and molecular structure. For example, whenever you see rust-like coloring and veining on light slate or marble, there’s a strong chance iron deposits are present within the stone, and…

Clean Makeup Stains on Natural Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | February 27, 2019

The beauty of natural stone makes it one of the most popular materials for bathroom countertops, but it’s still susceptible to surface stains, particularly from makeup and personal hygiene products. Even the least porous natural stones such as slate, granite, and soapstone can be stained by lipstick, mascara, and other types of makeup if not…

Prevent Etching Granite Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | February 1, 2019

When it comes to choosing a natural-stone surface for kitchen and bathroom counters, homeowners pick granite for more than aesthetic reasons. Some people believe marble looks better than granite, but granite is stronger and more resilient than marble because it’s less porous, thus making it more attractive for countertops. However, it’s still prone to etching….

Preventing Water Stains on Natural Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | November 30, 2018

Located to the southwest of the Vatican, the Baths of Caracalla are home to some of the most impressive masonry work from Roman times. This ancient structure contains more than 220,000 cubic feet of marble ornamentation that required about 600 skilled masons to install over many years. When you visit the Terme di Caracalla these…

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