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Environmentally-Friendly Natural Stone

Fred Hueston, Chief Technical Director for surpHaces and Founder of Stone Forensics weighs in on whether natural stone is an environmentally friendly choice... ....More

The Unexpected Stone Stain Remover

If you have a stubborn stain that is unresponsive to traditional stain removal methods, such as poulticing, just head down to your local beauty supply store... ....More

How to Remove Polyvinylether (PVE) Stain

Refrigerator, freezer, and AC system repairs may result in PVE (an oil used in refrigerant systems) stains. Here are a few suggestions for DIY stain removal. ....More

White Residue on Stone

If you have white residue on your stone, here are a few tips and tricks for identifying the cause and possibly removing it. ....More

Removing a Stain Left By a Potted Plant

Question: I have a water ring where a plant was sitting on my hearthstone, which I believe is limestone. Is there any way to remove it? I appreciate your help. Great question. Simply put, the water ring you see is either a stain or an etch... or a combination thereof. ....More

Could these foods be etching your stone?

If you've done any homework at all on how to properly care for your natural stone, one of the first things you probably learned was that certain types of stone (marble, limestone, onyx, among others) are susceptible to damage from acidic substances. ....More

Why is my natural stone flaking?

Flaking (also called spalling) in natural stone is generally an indicator of sub-florescence, a condition in which mineral salts are carried into the stone by moisture and accumulate beneath the stone’s surface. This article will inform you about this condition. ....More

Mysterious Odors? They Might Be Coming From Your Grout!

If you have mysterious odors that you can't quite identify the source, it just might be coming from your grout lines. Professional cleaning followed by sealing will resolve this issue. ....More

5 Essential Care Tips for Maintaining Your Natural Stone Countertops

One of the most common questions we get from our customers about their natural stone is, “Now that I have it, how do I take care of it?” These 5 essential tips will arm you with what you need to know about caring for your stone countertops. ....More

How To Fix Your Scratched Soapstone

If you have soapstone in your business or home, you may have discovered it is more easily scratched than some other stone types. But did you also know these scratches can be easily remedied? ....More

DIY Stone or Tile Installation? Important Clean Up Tips…

Installing a new stone or tile floor yourself? Here is important information from the pros on the first cleaning that you need to know before you start. ....More

Treating Oil Stains On Driveways and in Garages

If you have a driveway or garage, the odds are good you have at least once in your life encountered oil stains and discovered that they don’t hose off very well. So, how do you get the stain out? ....More

Minimizing The Hazard of Floor Slipperiness

Slips and falls on slippery floors in homes as well as public spaces is a very real, every day hazard, but there are things you can do to minimize the risks. ....More

Natural Stone Refinishing Options

Did you know natural stone can be refinished to a brand new or even completely different finish? Natural stone is versatile. Here are some ways to give your existing stone a whole new look. ....More

How To Remove Mud Stains On Exterior Stone

One question we're often asked is how to remove mud stains from exterior travertine or other natural stone. Here are some tips for getting mud stains out. ....More

Cleaning That Sooty Fireplace

As we begin to move out of the cold season, you may be looking at your fireplace with a bit of dismay. How do you clean off that stubborn sooty residue? ....More

I'm sorry, I think you mythunderstood me

It’s kind of funny what people who should know better will say about common stone failures or issues. Over the past several years, we have heard many stories about the reasons stone will fail, turn color, fade, and so on. Many are funny and most are just plain false. Here's a sampling you may enjoy. ....More

Often-Overlooked Cause of Stone Damage

Many people use stone-safe cleaning products but still mysteriously end up with chemical stone damage anyhow. How does this happen? ....More

Preventative Care Tips

Here are some easy to follow precautionary tips from the PROS for preventing damage to your natural stone floors and countertops during holiday festivities. ....More

The Sensitive Side of Granite

We usually think of etching as a problem unique to marble, but it isn't all that uncommon to see etching occur on granite as well. ....More

Cleaning Your Travertine Shower

Because travertine is a porous natural stone, it does require regular maintenance to keep it looking clean and preventing mildew from forming. ....More

The Case for Colored Grout

Grout is a major focal point of any tiled surface, so it's no wonder colored grout is becoming a design element all by itself. ....More

Repairing Limestone Etching and Scratching

Straight from the pros, here's how to fix etching and scratches in your beautiful limestone surfaces. ....More

Why Does White Marble Turn Yellow?

Has your marble begun to turn yellow? Here are reasons why and what to do about it. ....More

Will the Sun Fade My Stone Countertops?

Taking simple precautions will go a long way in minimizing sunlight damage to your countertops. Here are tips for preventing damage and options if damage has occurred. ....More

Caring for Your Natural Stone

Here's the safe way to clean your granite and other natural stones. ....More

DIY Grout Cleaning Tips

Here are some DIY solutions that work well to clean your dirty and discolored grout. ....More

Lifeless Travertine?

If the sight of your travertine floors or shower walls is giving you the blues, professional restoration services can brighten your day. Travertine can be cleaned, repaired and restored to like new, for much less than the cost of replacement. ....More

Countertop Rx

Have your countertops lost their luster? Here are the three most common reasons your countertops may have lost their shine — and what can be done to bring them back to life. ....More

Happy New Year!

Home improvement. Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? Well, home improvement doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips and resources to help you get started. ....More

Thanksgiving Tips for Natural Stone Care

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you entertaining guests? Follow these tips and your marble, granite, and other natural stone will be thankful. ....More

So You've Got a Stain... or Do You?

Before you invest your valuable time and energy in a DIY attempt to remove discoloration from natural stone, here's some basic information help you determine whether the discoloration is a stain. ....More

Beautiful Terrazzo

The great thing about terrazzo is even if it’s been buried under carpet or other flooring for years, or looks yellowed and ugly due to buildup and aging of topical coatings, its fundamental beauty is still there and can be restored by an experienced professional. ....More

Stone Restoration Can Save You Money… But It Can’t be Cheap

One of the most costly decisions you can make is choosing a contractor based on price only. A contractor who has not had the proper training or who has little or no experience with your specific type of natural stone may offer the cheapest price, but the cost in the long run may end up being far greater. Here are some tips for selecting your stone restoration contractor. ....More

How to Get a Poultice to Stick to a Wall

A Stone Advisory Magazine reader asks, “How can I get it to stick to the wall?” We can almost see the cartoonish frustration of one attempting to make liquid defy gravity. Great question. ....More

Sometimes the Jones’ Have to Keep Up Too 

One fastidious customer shares her motivation for getting her grout cleaned then color sealed, and how it was 'life changing' and reputation salvaging for her. ....More

Water Rings

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TIPS FROM A STONE CARE PRO FOR SELECTING AND BUYING STONE AND TILE

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Marble Cleaning?

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Everything (and then some) You Ever Wanted to Know About Sealing Your Natural Stone

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Why does white marble turn yellow ?

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DO'S AND DON'TS FOR ROUTINE CARE OF YOUR KITCHEN COUNTERS AND VANITY TOPS

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Color Sealing your grout… is it all it’s cracked up to be?

It seems as though you are hearing it everywhere these days: Color seal your grout! But is this merely the newest fad or is there genuine value in having this done? The answer is, it depends. The truth is, whenperformed by a quality contractor using a quality product there is a lot of value and in many circumstances the absolute best option without question. The problem is some are touting this service yet doing nothing more than ‘painting grout’ with what amounts to house paint. ....More

Testing Stone For Kitchen Countertop Usability -The Lemon Juice and Oil Test

Thinking about buying new countertop? Here is an easy but very effective way to test any granite for usability… ....More

What You Need to Know About Caring for Soapstone

Do you have or are you considering soapstone for your countertops? Here are some tips for caring for soapstone and keeping it beautiful. ....More

Why Use a pH Neutral Cleaner for Granite Countertops

Perhaps you have been told that your granite countertops can be cleaned with glass cleaner or a solution of dish soap and water. According to Maurizio Bertoli, the “Godfather” of natural stone, using a pH Neutral cleaner is the only way to properly clean your granite countertops. ....More

Hollow tiles or cracking tiles and grout? Read this before ripping it all out.

When you walk across your tile and grout floor, does it sound more like cheap laminate? Or when you drop a spoon, does it sound like it’s landing on an empty container? Is your grout cracking? If so, some of your tiles may be in the process of separating from the underlayment. Before you rip it all out, read these simple and inexpensive possible solutions. ....More

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Testimonials

JMC did an outstanding job sealing the grout for the floor tiles and shower tiles. JMC also sealed the granite counter tops. The price was competitive and reasonable. The owner, Justin, personally performed the work. The good experience started with him showing up at the scheduled time. He was diligently focused on performing a good job. He applied several coats of sealer to the granite tops to insure a quality job. He spent hours sealing the grout for over 2,000 sq ft of floor tile. His enthusiasm and attention to quality never waivered. I highly recommend using their services.

Steve Temecula CA

Justin helped my husband and I repair a large crack in our granite slab. He not only repaired the crack but resealed all of our other countertops too. His price was very competitive and he kept his word on when he was available and showed up on time. What more could you have asked for! Thank you Justin!!

Misty Temecula CA

Justin did an amazing job color enhancing and sealing our slate floors. I called and met with several tile cleaning companies, but chose Justin because I felt he was the most honest, knowledgeable, and experienced. He took the time to explain different options and even showed me a small area before he continued with the entire floor. He spent hours prepping, cleaning, enhancing, and sealing our slate. His work paid off...our floors are finally gorgeous! He changed our dull, chalky looking slate by giving it a brilliant luster that enhances our home. I could not be more thrilled with the results. Bottom line, Justin did exactly what he said he would at the cost we agreed to and even changed his personal schedule to accommodate my schedule. He went above and beyond. In a time when I feel it is difficult to find good, honest, hardworking people to hire, Justin at JMC Tile and Grout has changed my mind. Thank you Justin!

Laura Temecula CA

Justin is very professional. He has done 2 separate marble polishing jobs for us and each time we have been very pleased. He is very thorough and careful, doing a great prep job to prevent any damage. His prices are very fair. So glad we found Justin. There are very few marble and stone care professionals in this area. Highly recommend Justin!

Diane Murrieta CA

Justin came in and cleaned and resealed the grout on our floors. He was a very professional and easy person to talk to. He was also very helpful with other things around the house. Great guy and great job. Well done!!! Thank you!!!

Helene Temecula CA

Justin did an excellent job of repairing a large crack in our kitchen granite. It was quite deep and covered a large area. Needless to say it was very noticeable and would have caused us to replace an entire slab of granite if we had not had it repaired. He spent almost an entire morning in the restoration. He was meticulous in his work, was able to match the color of the granite and it looks 100% better. In addition he resealed and polished all the rest of our granite countertops. We certainly would recommend him. He was professional, very neat and thorough. He arrived exactly on time, even though he had to drive an hour to reach us. He will certainly be someone we contact again if we need any more restoration or maintenance on our granite. We were delighted with his work. Cyndi M. Coronado

Cyndi Coronado CA

Justin is the man. My wife and I recently moved into our new home in Lake Elsinore, we thought that we would seal the grout on our floors and shower by ourselves. After realizing the size and scope of the grout sealing project we decided to contact an expert to get an estimate. I had read online that most tile companies charge about $1.00 per square foot so I had an idea how much the estimate would be. Justin came out the same day and gave my wife the estimate. Since we did not have any furniture in the house yet we asked if he could start the same day. It was already 2pm at that point and Justin was not sure if he had enough sealer with him to do the whole job. He agreed to start sealing the grout near the walls where the heavy furniture would be placed and come back later to finish the job another day. After he started sealing our grout he found more sealer in his work van and decided that he would just power through and finish the job for us the same day! We were thrilled with the entire experience. Justin is truly a tile and stone professional. When he was finished sealing the grout he also sealed our new granite counter tops. All I can say is, if we ever have a tile or stone job in the future, Justin is "our guy." Great service with top quality products and fair pricing, what more could you ask for? Also, at no point during the job did he attempt to up-sell us anything, as a matter of fact, he tried to lower his price once the job was finished but we wouldn't hear of it. We agreed to a set price and that is what he deserved. Thanks Justin, you saved us a lot of time and energy. I can sleep better at night knowing that our expensive new flooring is protected for many years to come. I would highly recommend JMC Stone & Tile to friends and family.

Lake Elsinore CA

Justin thank you so much for the wonderful job you did restoring my marble floor. Very professional and I will recommend your service to all our friends. Thank you Elizabeth, Riverside County

Elizabeth , Riverside County

Thank you Justin at JMC Stone and Tile Care. He re colored our grout with color seal and it looks amazing. His attention to detail to customer service is top notch and I have no problem referring your services. If your in Temecula CA JMC Stone and Tile Care is my recommendation for all your tile, stone, and color sealing needs. Thank you so much

Cathi Cameron, Temecula CA

We are so happy with the service from Justin at JMC stone and tile care. He re colored are old nasty stained grout on our countertops with color seal. The grout looks brand new he will be referred to all our friends in Murrieta CA.

Julie Johnson Murrieta CA

Justin (JMC Stone and Tile Care) cleaned the tile and grout of my floors in April 2013. On the day he was at my home to provide a quote and also on the day of service, Justin was prompt, courteous and professional. Once involved in the job and realizing that part of my floors was not as badly in need of cleaning as the rest of the tile, he reduced the cost of the service. I very much appreciated his fairness and integrity! Not only did my floors looks sparkling clean when he was done, but I also knew much more about how to keep my floors clean on my own. He was quick to share secrets of his trade! I recommend Justin’s service without reservation. His service is unparalleled, and he is a friendly and honest professional! Gail Miller Temecula CA

Gail Miller Temecula CA

Justin, I would like to thank you again for the excellent job you did repairing and retiling our marble tile table. I would definitely use your services again and recommend you to anyone needing stone or tile work done in Murrieta CA. Thank you, Heather Lumsden

Heather Lumsden Murrieta CA

We have been very pleased with the service that Justin has given us. The overall quality of his work was excellent. In one small area we had a slightly rough feel to the sealant he had applied to our granite countertops. Justin returned on the very day that we called him and quickly repaired it. This is a very courteous, professional, and above all, competent service in Murrieta CA. Thanks so much John Welniak

John Welniak. Murrieta CA

February 14, 2013 Justin We are absolutely thrilled with our new floor!!!! Yes, I say new floor because that is the way the whole house looks! It looks like brand new tile. Justin, you did a fabulous job! Thank You, Judy Nitti

Judy Nitti Temecula CA

I accidentally spilled some cleaner on our marble vanity and made those awful etch marks. I called Justin at JMC Stone and Tile Care and he assured me that I didn't ruin my bathroom vanity. Thanks so much for removing those etch marks, we will definitely refer you to anyone in Wildomar CA.

J. Escarsega, Wildomar CA

I would like to thank Justin of JMC Stone and Tile care for bringing back the beautiful shine to our granite countertops. Very professsional and courteous and on time. It's hard to find all those qualities in one place. Thanks Justin again and we are clients for life and we will definitely refer you to anyone in Oeanside Ca.

Lacey Linek, Oceanside CA

We had a last minute emergency and we had a surprise visit from an important client. We called a few tile and stone companies and not one would help us. We called JMC Stone and Tile Care and Justin rescued us. He was very professional and accommodating to our last minute request to have the tile cleaned. For that we can't thank you enough and will refer you to anyone in Carlsbad CA.

Kyle Batsford, Palomar Reprographics, Carlsbad CA
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