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Should I use an enhancing sealer?

The picture above is a good representation of the effect of an enhancing sealer on slate.  Obviously, this sealer--in this case Miracle 511 Seal and Enhance--is in the process of being freshly applied, so the sheen you see will fade as the sealer dries.  Enhancing...

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How can I make my Wood Deck look better?

Wood decking can make a backyard or front entry area more functional, comfortable and aesthetic.  But after a few years, your new deck may start to look worn and faded.  Here's an example of a wood deck we renovated in Pinole, CA.  The home was a Hacienda style stucco...

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Why are my baseboards peeling, bubbling and damaged?

  Holy Smokes!  This baseboard looks bad.  What happened?  We at Appleby are intimately involved with baseboards because we in the Hard Surface Division deal with them everyday.  The picture above is an example of MDF baseboards that have been exposed to water...

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What is the white stuff on my marble shower pan?

This is an incredible picture of the most aggressive calcium build-up I've ever seen in a marble shower.  I was called to this residence in San Ramon with the homeowner complaining of "white stuff" on her shower floor. When I got there I was---can I say it?--floored...

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What’s the easiest way to caulk a shower?

What’s the easiest way to caulk at shower? Caulking a shower is something that not only protects the shower pan mortar bed, but also makes the difference between a good-looking and unsightly shower.  Many people clean their showers religiously but are frustrated...

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What can I do if my grout lines don’t match?

What can I do if my grout doesn’t match? So often when grout or mortar has been placed between tiles or stones, any repairs done thereafter are a challenge to match.  The human eye is instinctively drawn to the differences in color and contrast, and the repair is...

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Don’t Take a Chainsaw to your Beautiful Floors!

Okay, it isn't really a chainsaw, but leaving your hardwood, marble or laminate floor exposed to the vicious teeth of an unprotected chair can cause just as much damage as a whirring blade.  Appleby provides a new service, one that you should be excited about--because...

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What Does a Marble Etch Mark look like?

Often we get customers calling the office and asking us what happened to their marble counter top.  It looked great when it was first installed, but now they notice frosty rings on the surface.  These are most often described as stains, but they are actually etch...

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How do I fix chips in granite?

Granite is a fantastic material for the kitchen, and that’s why it’s found in so many homes.  While granite is highly acid-resistant and durable, it’s also hard.  And with the hardness comes a brittleness that will sometimes cause it to chip.  There are various ways...

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How do I fix the Rust Stains at the Base of my Toilet?

We Americans like to keep things clean, especially in the bathroom.  With tile and grout, or marble, limestone or travertine, there can be rust stains in the grout lines at the base of the toilet.  Even with repeated scrubbing, these rust stains persist. Don’t let it...

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