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Questions concerning Natural Stone Fabrication and Installation including: Marble, Granite, Limestone, Slate, Soapstone, Bluestone, and Travertine in Slabs and Tiles. Expert in natural stone cleaning, sealing, protection and restoration. Distributor of HMK Stone Care Products; Sealers, Cleaning Products, Stone Maintenance. Expert in stone and tile flooring, sealing and maintenance issues. Stain removal from stone. Importer and Distributor of slab stone for residential and commercial applications. Stone carving Stone restoration

Experience in the area

I have worked in the Dimensional Stone Industry since 1977.
California Contractors License 1989
Former owner of Prestige Marble & Tile (So. Calif.)
Current owner of Elegance in Stone (Missoula, MT)
Current Owner of Montana Stone Gallery,LLC Missoula, MT
Owner of Distributor of natural stone maintenance products


Missoula Building Industry Association
Montana Building Industry Association
Flathead Building Association
National Association of Home Builders
Member of the Marble Institute of America
Former member of the National Tile Contractors Association


Slippery Rock Gazette-Stone Industry Publication


Journeyman Marble Mason, Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union #2
California Contractors License 1989-1997
Montana Contractors Registration #70932IC
Importer of natural stone slabs. Owner-Director of Montana Stone Gallery a regional Importing and Distribution company located in Missoula, MT

Past/Present Clients

Thousands of commercial and residential installations of stone slabs and tile in bathrooms, kitchens, showers, flooring, fireplaces over a 34 year professional career.

What do you like about this subject?

Helping people find solutions to their problems to help them enjoy natural stone elements in and around their homes.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Most granite that is installed is not a "True" geological granite as defined by scientists. These quartz and felspar stones are metamorphosed "granites" as a commercial use designation. This does not limit the appropriate use of granite countertops for kitchens

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Competing manufacturers of man made products have repeatedly raised the false issue that granite emits radon. Through numerous scientific studies this notion has been dispelled. The Marble Institute of America has published a definitive treatise on this subject. Go to:

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Epifanio03/05/17101010thank you torin!
Martin06/22/15101010Excellent advice!
Larry05/20/15101010Thanks again.
Bill04/20/13101010We appreciate his expertise & prompt response .....
ronald01/05/13101010Thanks for responding quickly. Good info too .....

Recent Answers from Torin Dixon

2017-03-04 cracks:

Hi Epifanio,  I prefer using the Schluter Systems Ditra Uncoupling membrane rather than a paint-on or roll-on membrane. See link:

2016-05-03 slate verses blue stone countertops:

Karen,  Thank you for your question.  Both Slate and Bluestone are quite suitable for countertops with the understanding that they MUST be properly sealed to prevent stains.  I find Bluestone to be more

2015-06-21 black slate stone - watermarks:

Martin,  Sorry for the delay in responding.  I may have spoken to you on the phone, but try using White Vinegar (mild acid) straight out of the bottle.  It is already diluted to about 8% so no worries

2015-05-20 Marble Stain Removal:

Hi Larry,  Is it possible that any of the stain from the wood floor leached into the marble? Or do you think it is solely the carpet padding?  I would suggest using two products: HMK R54 Stripper Stain

2014-01-22 Stone Hearth:

Jolene,  Your images show more residue than I thought. You may indeed need to use the acid cleaner, but we always suggest using the mild solution (R55) first, before graduating to the acid cleaners.  


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