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How do I fix my Marble Shower?

How do I fix my Marble Shower? Nothing stays beautiful without help.  Just ask Kim Kardashian.  Marble makes a beautiful material for a shower enclosure, but it also requires maintenance.  Marble, unlike ceramic tile, absorbs water and needs to be cleaned and sealed...

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Five Things You Should Know About Travertine

Travertine is a beautiful flooring material. I’ve been in a thousand homes and seen travertine in some of the finest homes in California.  Tumbled travertine is a rustic version of the same material, but elicits an “Old World” feel, and because of its rustic look—(it...

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How Do I Fix Stainless Steel?

Put the words "stainless" and "steel" together, and you have two very powerful words that evoke a certain reaction from most people.  Kitchens that are high quality are often described as having "granite and stainless steel", two of the most cherished materials in the...

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What to do with Slippery Limestone and Travertine around a Pool

   Recently, we worked at a very nice home in Discovery Bay on the California Delta.  The owner had a problem.  He has a beautiful backyard with pillow-cut limestone (stones that are rounded on the edges) surrounding his infinity pool and hot tub, over-looking his...

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Stone and Tile Repair in Atherton

  The boys did a fun job in Atherton last week.  Appleby cleaned, honed, polished and sealed the light-colored limestone and replaced five tiles in this whimsical home decorated by JR. McDonald.  The colors, fabrics and artwork are amazing, all working together to...

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How to get Safe and Qualified Workmen into My Home

Part of owning a home is trying to maintain it, and that means there will be workers. tradesmen and estimators coming through the door. Some people have a very relaxed attitude about people working in their home.  I was surprised when I first started working as a...

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We are NOT the Best Carpet Cleaning Company!

That’s right. We are not the best carpet cleaning company. We are not the best rug cleaning company either. We may not even be the best marble polishing company. How do I know this? Recently Appleby Cleaning and Restoration decided to see if we could become a Diamond...

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Appleby Seals Limestone in Diablo Cover House

The Appleby Hard Surface Division is known for working on fine homes throughout the Bay Area.  Recently, a spectacular home in the Berkeley Hills was featured in Diablo Magazine’s February edition. Appleby cleaned, honed and sealed the limestone for this architectural...

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So you have Urine in your Carpet

When our dog Lucy was a puppy, we kept a solution of white vinegar (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar) in the cupboard for emergencies. Any urine was blotted up followed by pouring the vinegar solution over the residue until saturated. The solution was then blotted with...

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Marble Polishing in SF-St. Dominic’s Church

St. Dominic’s Church is San Francisco was built in the 20’s, and has been undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation since 1992.  Michael Rossi, a parishioner and the overseer of renovations for the past few years, decided Appleby Stone Restoration was his best...

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