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Why Trust Diamond Certified Paving Stone Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a paving stone company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated paver stone company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Solano County – Paving Stones CATEGORY

Jay Magstadt is operations manager of CastleLite Block, LLC, a Diamond Certified company since 2012. He can be reached at (650) 397-2044 or by email.

Jay Magstadt

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Jay Magstadt: Building Blocks

By James Florence, Senior Writer

SOLANO — Following an accomplished career as a civil engineer, Jay Magstadt decided to alter his professional focus from modern infrastructure to a more classical form of construction. “After earning my BS in civil engineering from South Dakota State University, I spent 25 years managing freeway and bridge construction projects throughout the western United States,” he recounts. “Toward the end of this timeframe, I was involved in building masonry sound walls along freeways throughout the Bay Area. Soon after, an opportunity came along to buy a masonry manufacturing facility, and I decided to give it a shot. That was 2006, and I’ve been manufacturing and installing masonry and concrete paving products ever since.”
Today, as operations manager of CastleLite Block, LLC, Jay appreciates multiple aspects of his second career. “I enjoy managing personnel and overseeing things on both the production and installation sides,” he says. “As a manufacturer-installer, we’re able to control our products from beginning to end, which allows us to maintain excellent customer satisfaction.”
Originally from South Dakota, Jay resides in Danville, where he appreciates the natural beauty and community involvement. “In general, I enjoy the beauty of Northern California and its many iconic sites, from Yosemite to the Golden Gate Bridge. Danville in particular is a great area to raise children—the schools are fantastic and the whole community is invested in providing our students with a great education.”
Outside of work, Jay spends his time engaged in a variety of active pastimes. “I enjoy fishing, cooking and sports,” he says. “Besides following professional sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Boston Celtics, I play bocce ball in the local city league.” Additionally, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristie, and their daughter, Amanda, who is currently attending Washington State University.
When asked how his life would be different if he were to retire tomorrow, Jay says he’d spend more time communing with nature. “If I retired tomorrow, I’d buy a cabin on a lake and spend my days fishing and enjoying the outdoors.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite Bay Area restaurant?
A: La Taqueria in San Francisco.

Q: What kinds of music do you like?
A: Mostly ’80s and ’90s music.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Santorini, Greece. I went there 25 years ago and it was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: A night owl.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Peanut M&M’s.

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

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  • Belgard

  • Basalite

  • Pavestone

  • Abbotsford

  • Claypave

  • Allan Block

  • Keystone

American Pavers
Belgard Pavers
Cambridge Pavingstones
McNear Brick & Block
Oldcastle Pavers
Pavers by Ideal
Cambridge Cobble
Decra-Loc
Trendset Custom Pavers
Unilock Paving Stones
Turfstone
Emsco Resin Paving Stones
Nicolock Interlocking Paving Stones
CST Pavers

patio pavers
brick pavers
thin pavers
cobblestone pavers
deck pavers
bluestone pavers
clay pavers
tumbled pavers
edging pavers
garden pavers
outdoor pavers
permeable pavers
concrete pavers
paving stones
driveway pavers
interlocking pavers
paver installation
travertine pavers
flagstone pavers
granite pavers

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Benicia
Birds Landing
Bucktown
Collinsville
Cordelia
Dixon
Elmira
Fairfield
Green Valley
Liberty Farms
Maine Prairie
Mare Island
Nut Tree
Rio Vista
Scandia
Suisun City
Travis Air Force Base
Vacaville
Vallejo

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Better Business Bureau BBB (http://www.bbb.com/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs DCA (http://www.dca.ca.gov/)
California Landscape Contractors Association CLCA (http://www.clca.org/)
Contractors State License Board CSLB (www.cslb.ca.gov)
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (http://www.icpi.org/)
International Association of Landscape Ecology IALE (http://www.landscape-ecology.org/)

Know What You Want
Researching Paving Stone Contractors in Solano County

Talk with local paving stone contractors after you have done some research and know more about paving stones. Write a list of questions and use that list when interviewing the paving stone contractors. Write down each contractor’s answers. Don’t get an estimate from every company. If they do not meet your expectations or they don’t have satisfactory answers to your questions, move on to the next company.

You need to know what you are expecting from your paving stone project. Have an idea of your timeline, style and color, budget, etc. Here are questions that you may want to ask:

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  2. Are there any changes or repairs I need to have done to the house before I have the paving stones installed?
  3. Am I planning on living in this house over the long-term or am I going to use it as rental property?
  4. What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Solano County paving stone contractor to have such as good communication skills, timeliness, honesty, integrity, and reliability?
  5. What color and style am I looking for and looks appropriate with the landscape and house?
  6. What is my timeline?
  7. What is my budget for this project?
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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask When Speaking in Person With a San Francisco Paving Stone Contractor

Once you have narrowed your choices to a few of the best Solano County paving stone contractors, visit a few of these in person to meet their representative and interview them more thoroughly. Questions you might want to ask include these:

  1. What kind of a guarantee do you have?
  2. What does the warranty cover?
  3. Will you provide a written contract?
  4. Do you hire any subcontractors?
  5. Do you have a valid contractor’s license?
  6. Do you charge for estimates?
  7. Do you have liability and workers’ compensation insurance?
  8. Are the products that you use environmentally safe for my children, pets and yard?
  9. Can you provide me with 10 references?
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  • What To Ask References
    What to Ask When Interviewing Previous Customers of a Solano County Paving Stone Contractor

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a paving stone contractor in Solano County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your paving stone contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the paving stone contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. Would you recommend this paving stone contractor to your friends and family?
    2. If you live in a smaller town such as Vacaville, Green Valley, Liberty Farms and Maine Prairie, did you have to pay extra for their travel expenses to your home?
    3. Were you satisfied with the service from this paving stone contractor?
    4. Did they finish the work on time?
    5. Did they show up for work on time?
    6. When you need this work done in the future, will you choose this same company?
    7. Did they clean up after they completed the job?
    8. Did they keep communication with you up to date on the status of your project?
    9. What type of paving stones were used?
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  • Review Your Options
    Reviewing Your Options and Choosing the Best Paving Stone Contractor for You in Solano County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of a paving stone contractor is an important decision. So before deciding on the best paving stone contractor in Solano County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    1. Is this estimate with in my budget?
    2. Does the paving stone contractor offer a written warranty to back up their work?
    3. Is the company knowledgeable about the techniques they will be using and the specific needs of my job?
    4. Can the paving stone contractor in Solano County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, customer service and experience?
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  • How To Work With
    Getting Ready To Sign a Paving Stone Contract in Solano County

    Paving stones do not have to be a major financial setback. Plan your budget and stick to it. After you have found a Solano County paving stone company in Solano County that you can trust, you will have peace of mind having your paving stones installed.

    First, meet with the contractor. Use the notes that you have taken so you can accurately describe any concerns that you have. Be detailed and don’t be in a rush. It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. Ask for an explanation if there is anything you don’t understand. You need to completely comprehend the plan and any problems or solutions.

    Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of supplies and the labor. Don’t ever sign a blank estimate.

    Choosing the Best Paving Stone Contractor for You in Solano County
    When you are completely satisfied with the information you have received from your Solano County paving stone contractor and they have answered all of your questions, sign the contract. Be sure that they have a phone number where you can always be reached.

    Expect the contractor to stay within the estimate. However, if the actual paving stone costs exceed the original amount of the estimate, the contractor must get your approval before moving ahead.

    Preparing For the Paving Stone Contractor in Solano County
    Professional paving stone contractors are able to handle the very small to very large aspects of their work. However, there are some things that you can do to prepare for them and to make their progress in putting in your paving stones go more smoothly and more quickly. Doing these things may even cut down on their labor costs. It will also help keep your home and belongings from being damaged.

    Trim plants and bushes that are in the way. You can save money and time by preparing the area for building by trimming or removing any plants, trees or bushes that are in the way. Ask your contractor what they recommend and the amount of space they require.

    Before they begin work, be sure to remove any movable items from the area where the paving stone contractor will be working. The more you do the more quickly they can get to work.

    Keep your pets and children away from the area. Your paving stone contractor will be focused on installing your paving stones and should not have to watch out for your pets or children at any time. This not only prevents accidents and injury but also any expense that comes from accidents that may happen because of children and pets being in the way.

    Provide parking space and room for their work vehicles to maneuver. Some paving stone contractors have large vehicles that require more space than average. Contact your contractor before they begin. Ask them how many parking spaces they need and how much room they need for oversized vehicles. It is also helpful to walk through the area with your contractor so any hazards or clearance issues can be pointed out before installation of your paving stones.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Choosing to be a Great Customer for a Solano County Paving Stone Company

    It's the paving stone contractor’s responsibility put in quality paving stones using the best possible installation techniques. You also play a big part in the success of your paving deck project. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Solano County paving deck contractor.

    • Be clear and upfront with the paving deck contractor. Let them know what you want from your paving deck installation, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the paving stone contractor on schedule.
    • Pay for the paving stone work promptly.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a paving deck contractor in Solano County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the paving stone representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local paving stone contractor occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your paving stone contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing your paving stones. The work will move along more smoothly if your paving stone contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.

    We all want to be good customers and paving stone contractors in Solano County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Checking the Work By Comparing the Paving Stone Invoice With the Completed Paving Stone Project

When your paving stone installation is complete, most contractors will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. Your invoice will include:

  • The contractor’s name, physical address and license number.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by manufacturers or the company.
  • An itemized list of all the supplies purchased.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • The total cost for supplies, including the amount due for labor.

It is wise to compare the completed work with the written invoice. Ask your contractor to walk through the paving stone project with you and show you the work. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your paving stones. If you have any questions about the work or materials, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get Written Warranties From Your Paving Stone Contractor

Most good paving stone contractors offer some type of warranty on the paving stones. Ask that the details of the warranty be provided to you in writing. This information should include:

  • The contractor’s name and physical address.
  • What products and parts of the paving stone installation are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your paving stones in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Solano County Paving Stone Services

The top 10 requests for paving stone services in Solano County are listed below.

Driveway Paving Stones
Driveway paving stones are becoming very popular. They not only look beautiful but they can increase the value of your home. A paving stone driveway does need a protective coating applied every couple of years. You can choose from brick, concrete, interlock and many other materials.

Garden Paving Stones
Garden paving stones are used for a variety of areas including paths and sidewalk areas. Many use them as stepping stones. Garden paving stones also work well for edging garden areas. They keep your garden from being trampled by unknowing guests. The way garden paving stones are laid out can provide direction for walking around a garden area.

Glass Paving Stones
Glass paving stones can be used for paving but they are not the same as those used for windows and walls. Glass paving stones can be illuminated and as a result they have a striking appearance.  If you are putting in lighting, there will be other considerations such as drainage that will need to be taken into account.

Pool Paving Stones
Pool paving stones are used used around a pool area. They have many colors and styles and a variety of materials to choose from. One of the issues with using pavers is to choose a foundation and sealer that is stable. Sand needs to be kept from washing into the pool. Also, the pavers must be non-slip for safety.

Stone Paving Stones
Stone paving stones are not manufactured but rather are naturally occurring. They may be mined.   They are often more expensive; however, they are one of the most popular choices.

Walkway Paving Stones
Walkway paving stones can be used for both commercial and residential projects. They can be used for driveways, courtyards, balconies and patios. They come in many colors and shapes and sizes. Walkway paving stones add elegance and beauty. They are very easy to maintain with sweeping and rinsing or washing.

Brick Paving Stones
Brick pavers are made with cement, sand, water, and other materials. After being mixed together, they are fired at a very high temperature. Brick pavers are very durable.

Concrete Paving Stones
Concrete pavers come in a variety of colors and styles. They require very little maintenance and are very strong. Repairing is easy and interlocking paving stones allow them to move without damage.

Granite Paving Stones
Granite paving stones have been around for a long time. It is used for patios and walkways. Granite is quarried and comes with a large variety of colors and patterns. Granite is completely fireproof and heat resistant which makes it an excellent choice. Granite is one of the more expensive materials but it will last for years.

Interlocking Paving Stones
Interlocking paving stones connect to each other so that it limits their movement. They are usually made of concrete or cement and don’t require mortar. Sand is used as the base.

Top 10 Brand Requests (if applicable)

  • Belgard Pavers
  • Oldcastle Pavers
  • Cambridge Pavingstones
  • Unilock Paving Stones
  • McNear Brick & Block
  • American Pavers
  • CST Pavers
  • Pavers By Ideal
  • Nicolock Interlocking Paving Stones
  • Cambridge Cobble
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Paving Stone Contractors and Paver Installers

aggregate
Aggregate is a combination of crushed rock, sand and gravel. It is used as a base for pavers.

base
Base is a layer of aggregate which is used as a foundation for pavers. This base supports the pavers.

Also known as: base material

blending pavers
Blending pavers refers to when 2 or more colors of paving stones are used.

Also known as: blending paving stones

brick pavers
Brick pavers are made from clay and shale and are fired. They are usually stronger than bricks.

Also known as: brick paving stones

cambridge pavers
Cambridge pavers are made by Cambridge Pavingstones. They are sturdy and have a coating that protects their strength and color.

cantera pavers
Cantera pavers are made from volcanic ash. They are lightweight and can be used in fountains, barbecues, etc.

cement-aggregate ratio
Cement-aggregate ratio is the ratio of cement to aggregate and is measured by weight usually.

clay
Clay is used for pavers which are best for paving driveways and patios. The color doesn't fade and they are strong.

cobblestones
Cobblestone pavers are made from riverbed rocks. They are usually used in decorative paving.

concrete paving stones
Concrete pavers are concrete based paving stones. They are strong and durable and come in many colors, shapes and sizes.

Also known as: concrete pavers

concrete sand
Concrete sand is used for aggregate and base layers for paving stones.

crushed rock
Crushed rock is used an an aggregate and base for pavers. It can also be used for a decorative layer.

denated pavers
Denated pavers are round or odd-shaped.

Also known as: denated paving stones

edge pavers
Edge pavers are pavers that are used to edge paths or sidewalks or driveways. They can be purchased with straight edges or made straight by the contractor.

Also known as: edge stones

edge restraints
Edge restraints are used to keep pavers in place at the edge of driveways or sidewalks.

engraved pavers
Engraved pavers are pavers that have been engraved or etched with images. Words may also be engraved.

Also known as: engraved paving stones

erosion
Erosion happens when weather wears away soil or rocks. Some pavers are made to limit erosion.

freeze-thaw durability
Freeze-thaw durability is the ability of pavers to stand up to freezing and thawing cycles.

frost action
Frost action is the action of freezing and thawing on paving stones which causes cracking and chipping.

frost heave
Frost heave is the movement of the ground upward which may lift pavers. Pavers should have some room for frost heave.

installing
The process of putting in or installing for use.

Also known as: installation

interlocking paving stones
Interlocking paving stones are pavers that are locked together creating a solid surface.

Also known as: interlocking pavers

landscape paving stones
Landscape paving stones are pavers that are used for landscaping yards.

Also known as: landscape pavers

paving stones
Paving stones are bricks or stones used for paving.

Also known as: pavers, paver stones, paving bricks

paving stones designs
Paving stones designs are bricks or stones used for paving that are put into a planned pattern or design.

Also known as: paving stone designs,

paving stones installation
Paving stones installation is the process of installing or laying paving stones.

Also known as: paver installation, installing paving stones, laying paving stones

types of paving stones
Types of paving stones are the choice of different materials or types of paving stones which can be made of granite, concrete, or other materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for Paving Stone Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor in Alameda County?
A:Diamond Certified helps you choose a paving stone contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only paving stone contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor.

Q: Are pavers appropriate for using on a driveway?
A: Yes, paving stones are a great choice for driveways. You need to choose an appropriate base material for the paving stones, and make sure the base is completely compacted to avoid sinking, puddle accumulation and uneven parking surfaces. Driveway pavers are a wise choice because they tend to be more stain resistant and more easily replaceable than concrete or asphalt surfaces.

Q: Is it possible to use paving stones over my already existing concrete?
A: While it is possible to install paving stones over concrete, you may need a material on top of the concrete before laying the paving stones. You might want to have the concrete removed. Many times it is not that expensive.

Q: Do concrete pavers need to be sealed?
A: While sealing is not necessary, there are sealers available. These sealers do make stains easier to remove. This sealer is applied after the pavers have been cleaned. It soaks into the pavers and sand joints.

Q: What keeps pavers from cracking like concrete?
A: Paving stones have a much higher density than concrete. Also the interlocking of paving stones enables it to bear a greater load. Since there are joints, these joints relieve pressure allowing movement for the paving stones.

Q: How long will my new paving stones last?
A: Many paving stone manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty. Because they are so easy to repair or replace, there is no reason to worry.

Q: How do I go about enhancing the color of my paving stones?
A: You can apply a paver enhancer to your paving stones. This will give the pavers a "wet look" and it also brings out the color.

Q: Why is sand installed between the base and the paving stones?
A: The sand will allow the final grade to be more precise. This sand will also keep the pavers from developing efflorescence (which is the white powder that is often seen on paving stones). The sand will also help with any drainage and allow the water to go into the base and then into the ground. The sand also acts as a cushion for the stones and helps keep them even as they settle.

Q: How do I choose the right paving stones for my project?
A:Because of the overwhelming choices in paving stones, this can be difficult. Not only is there a wide array of choices but you also need to know other factors (such as drainage) that will influence our decision. First, visit several paving stone companies and look at the displays. Find the stones that most appeal to you. Then, talk to the contractor and let them know which displays attract you. The contractor is qualified to guide you through the process of selecting materials. For instance, if the display that most appealed to you isn't appropriate for your project, they can find a material that is appropriate but looks similar to what appealed to you. Let the contractor guide you through the process.

Q: What are interlocking paving stones?
A:Interlocking paving stones interlock to allow each to move independently. This allows the pavers to carry a bigger load because the weight is spread out. This is also the key to the interlocking paving stones strength.

Q: How do I go about removing stains?
A:Replacing stained pavers is the easiest or some can be flipped over. However, there are special cleaners made that will remove stains or do surface cleaning.

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