Unusual Stones

Some people like marble, but want something different. Some people think granite is boring and want something with more pizzazz. Unique stones like onyx which contains quartz and labradorite a beautiful blue color stone from Labrador, Canada that contains feldspar found in granite and quartz are making an appearance in kitchens, bathrooms and bars.  Some […]

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Moisture: The Potential Plague

The use of natural stone for building and decorating has been used since ancient times.   Its strength and durability make natural stone a versatile building product, thus increasing in popularity.  Although quarried from the earth, not all stone is created equal.  The biggest difference lies in the porosity, density and durability of the stone.  Calcite […]

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The Chicagoland Spring Co-op Expo

We recently managed a booth at the Spring Co-Op Expo in Rosemont. This show draws property managers, condominium board members and the general public. The Sungloss Marble table featured our Care and Cleaning of Natural Stone brochure published by the Marble Institute of America, Sungloss Marble mugs and Cubs tickets we raffled off to anyone […]

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MARBLE & LIMESTONE STRUCTURE THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS

Including the 408′ high State Capitol  (see sunset photo) remain symbols of a past era when Illinois could actually afford the luxury of these Natural Stone surfaces ?! Marble, Limestone and other relatively delicate but internally strong stones need care and protection periodically to remain ” tourist attractions” vs. ” eyesores”. Deep cleaning, penetrating sealers to protect […]

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Sketches on Etches

And More Pains With Those Stains! Calcium carbonate based natural stone like marble and limestone are going to get ‘etched’ and ‘stained’ – ALL OVER THE WORLD..!  Mild acids, severe acids and some of the more aggressive oils and mixtures with water and salt will eventually – perhaps very quickly sometimes – penetrate the Impregnating Sealers on the […]

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What Does Your Lobby Say About You?

Benjamin Franklin said, “Time is money”. In the February issue of Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine, Clark Johnson, Director of Marketing for Finishing Contractors Association of America related that phrase to empty unit space in both commercial and residential spaces.  Empty unit space is a loss in potential income. The first impression visitors and potential […]

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The 16th Century Narutis Hotel – as part of the Commerical/historic properties

The 16th Century Narutis Hotel – as part of the Commerical/historic properties

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Professional Caring for your Stone Floors in Winter Weather

Sand, salt and dirt are big problems for your Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Terrazzo and Granite floors. Here are some things you should and should not do. Good mats with a vinyl or rubber underside at entrances will help to minimize sand, salt and dirt from tracking on to stone floors. Asking a guest to remove […]

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Winter in the Midwest

WINTER in the Midwest, the East and elsewhere plays havoc with the surfaces and even sometimes the virtual integrity of natural stone itself!  Freezing water, sand from spreaders, ” rock salts” from urban street plows that spread large granules of salt onto the streets and sidewalks – soon to be tracked from the shoes of […]

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Does Anyone Know What Type of Stone This Is?

A building we worked in contained a set of black stairs.  Upon inspection, it was difficult to identify what stone the stairs were made of.  The stone was scratched, stained and chipped in different locations. The stairs’ material is otherwise very durable since they are still standing today “intact and solid”.  Years of wear and […]

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