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How to Replace Ceramic Tile on Floor

Here at Appleby, we don't fabricate or install stone or tile, but we do repairs.  This means we replace tiles, fix mortar, caulk, replace shower sweeps, fix holes in Travertine and generally make your home more clean and beautiful.  Here's a very scaled down set of...

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How to clean and re-seal vinyl flooring

  Vinyl floors are generally maintenance-free, or at least that's what the manufacturers advertise.  We clean and seal VCT (vinyl composition flooring), rubber and cork floors too, when maintenance is actually required. Here's before and after photos of a vinyl...

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How to Fix a Broken Brick Step

This blog is a simple primer on how to fix bricks that have come loose at a step edge. Often, the reason mortared material comes loose is because the brick, slate or stone was not backed correctly.  In this case, a layer of compacted sand was laid, and then the bricks...

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Staining a Wood Deck

Cleaning and staining a wood deck isn’t difficult--it just takes hard work. The exciting part about staining a deck is that there are so many color options now—60 different colors are offered by Behr. These are the pigmented and semi-pigmented stains, the ones that...

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Working in Glorious Glamorous San Francisco

When I lived in LA, I would occasionally run into famous people, or at least people who were on TV. They were always shorter and less impressive than I imagined, and, if I caught them in the lobby of a hotel where they were working a room, they were caked with...

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How to Pick the Perfect Stone for your Home

How to pick the Perfect Stone for your Home Written by Les Bloch Every year I attend the Stone Show in Las Vegas, and inevitably someone comments, “I didn’t know the Rolling Stones were on tour!” Despite exciting advances in natural stone and man-made composites, this...

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When the Wrong Sealer is Applied-A NIGHTMARE

Is that snow?  Is that frost?  No, that's a topical sealer unknowing homeowners put down on their stamped concrete.  It might be lacquer, it might be water-based acrylic, but whatever it is, it's a NIGHTMARE.  If we at Appleby can give homeowners one piece of advice,...

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Working in High-End Homes

  Working in expensive homes is an art.  Anyone in the trades or service industry knows we all become doctors when we walk into a multi-million dollar estate.  We become surgeons and our credo is: Do no harm. Challenges are specific for different individuals. ...

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Testimonials-Most recent

  Testimonials! Appleby Cleaning actively solicits testimonials from every customer we service.  After EVERY hard surface job is completed, we send an email asking for feedback.  Here are our most recent and up-to-date responses from our valued customers: Appleby...

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How do I fix a chip in Ceasarstone?

Here's a chip I fixed in Ceasarstone in San Francisco last week.  I used Travertine patch and added some white to it.  I built it up over several applications and cleaned up the excess patch with acetone.  Ceasarstone is a man-made subsatnce and we generally don't do...

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