Stone Care

Stone Care

Care for Marble Counters
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…

How to Get Rid of Soap Scum on Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | November 14, 2018

The potential of soap and other personal hygiene substances building up on natural-stone surfaces shouldn’t dissuade you from installing them in your bathrooms. Likewise, you shouldn’t despair when you notice soap scum stains on your stone countertops, shower walls, or tub surrounds. Just about any personal hygiene product has properties that could create a chemical…

Slate Damage to Avoid San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | October 26, 2018

Long before American homeowners fell in love with granite and marble, slate was a favorite construction material for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Historical structures covered in slate can be found in Pennsylvania, particularly in communities where German immigrants settled in the 17th century. Slate is known to be more durable than marble, thus explaining…

Remove Water Spots from Natural Stone
Posted by The Lennys | October 5, 2018

Bathhouse ruins in places such as Caracalla, Bath, and Wiesbaden are certainly magnificent, but they would look even better these days had ancient builders been able to develop a sealant formula. Marble and travertine, the most commonly found materials in ancient bathhouses, happen to be very porous and absorbent, which means they’re susceptible to water…

Dos & Don'ts When Caring for Travertine
Posted by The Lennys | August 24, 2018

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Natural Stone Maintain Luster
Posted by The Lennys | June 20, 2018

The shiny and polished look of natural-stone surfaces is made possible by three factors: finishing, cleaning, and sealing. When natural-stone tiles and slabs are extracted from quarries, they go through a fabrication process intended to make them look as regal as possible. The finishing stage of natural-stone fabrication can result in various styles. The polished…

Care for Marble Counters
Posted by The Lennys | May 25, 2018

Marble may be a timeless stone in terms of interior decoration and aesthetics, but this does not make it an eternal construction material. If this was the case, quite a few ruins from ancient Greece and Rome would still be around and in better shape. Even though marble is durable, the metamorphic nature of this…

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