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Stone Coaster Tips and Tricks

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Stone and tile can make beautiful beverage coasters to help protect your furniture, but sometimes moisture can collect beneath them. This guide contains stone coaster tips and tricks.
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By 5 found this helpful
October 13, 2009

I solved the drippy coaster problem in which condensation drips all over my study materials. Why didn't I think of this sooner?

I took a piece of the cloth that is advertised to absorb ten (or maybe it's more) times its own weight in water, cut it in a circle to fit the stone coaster, and now, presto, between the cloth and the coaster, no more drips on the text books!

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By cookwie from Richardson, TX

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about cleaning stone coasters. Porous stone can absorb stains and may be a challenge to clean.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 9, 2008

Do absorbent stone coasters really absorb all that much condensation? I have some cheap rubber coasters from Target with a raised rim that catches the water (I really like them), but when I pick up the glass of iced tea, it drips on days when we have certain weather. I have to be extra careful not to drip on my textbooks.

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I need to be concentrating on my studies rather than on my dripping glass! I was thinking of buying the flat stone coasters and placing one inside of the rubber coaster with the rim. What do you think?

Holly from Richardson, TX

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 9, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, they absolutely work and work well.

I have also used 4" marble tiles (real tumbled, uncoated marble) as coasters with adequate absorbency, albeit not quite as absorbent - but they look cool.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 10, 20080 found this helpful

another thing you can do is put your glass in a sock. It sounds silly, but it absorbs the condensated water AND helps keep the contents cold a little longer... no more dripping glass!

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

I have the thirsty stone coasters. Cost about 20 dollars for 4. They do seem to work for a while but mine seem to need replaced. They do scrub up well though. Good value for the money. I think I have had mine for about 4 years.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 17, 20080 found this helpful

We reuse the styrofoam cups from Dunk n Donuts. The medium size is great for putting your glass in. No more condensation and it keeps your drinks cold.

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November 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have two sets of this type of stone coasters and they work great and I am glad someone says they can be scrubbed because we always use them for sodas or ice tea and they are dirty. They will crack if thrown by grandkids however. Your glasses do not drip when picked up.

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December 1, 20080 found this helpful

At work, they have stone coasters that are decorated with what looks like a thickly painted decal. Sounds cheap, but these are very expensive. I noticed yesterday that the decal is beginning to bubble up in the center on one of them (as if it were sliding). These are coasters that have a lot of heavy use probably some 5 days per week all year long.
I noticed a year ago that Wal-Mart had some stone coasters that are unpainted (but still cork backed) - possibly this is the way to go.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 20, 2017

Why have my Thirstystone coasters stopped absorbing?

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

After using the coasters for a long period of time they get clogged which diminishes and don't absorb.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

After using the coasters for a long period of time they get clogged which diminishes and don't absorb.

Step 1
Use warm water and dish soap to clean your coasters.

Step 2
Gently wash them using a sponge so you don't damage them.

Step 3
Rinse in warm water.

Step 4
Let air dry over night.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

Sometimes the pores on the stone get clogged which diminishes their ability to absorb water. Try washing the coasters with warm water and a little dish detergent and gently scrub the surfaces. Then air dry them overnight.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

Thristystone coasters will virtually last forever but do occasionally need to be cleaned as the porous material will get clogged over time and use.

  • Occasionally these coasters will stain. Always try to catch a fresh beverage stain quickly and wash out with plain water.
  • For old or stubborn stain, wet the coaster, apply a few drops of mild detergent and lightly scrub with a sponge, brush, etc., rinse and air-dry. This will usually return the coasters to their original "thirsty" self.
  • After a lot of use the pores on the stone get clogged which stops their ability to absorb liquid. Even just sitting on tables and collecting dust will cause the pores to clog.
  • You can wash the coasters with warm water and a little dish detergent and gently scrub the surfaces. Then air-dry them overnight. This should bring the original condition back.

Dishwashing is not recommended as the extreme abrasion and heat of a dishwasher will cause the
natural cork backing to deteriorate.

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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

Use vinegar, water, and dish soap.

Step 1
Fill your sink with warm water just enough to cover coasters.

Step 2
Add 1/2 cup vinegar and a teaspoon of dish soap.

Step 3
Let them soak for 1/2 hour.

Step 4
Then rinse and dry them.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 7, 2010

I need instructions on how to make coasters from stone tiles. I want stone tiles so they will soak up the moisture from the glasses. I plan on decorating the tiles with a decorative stamp (ink stamp). Do I put them in the oven? Do I need some kind of sealer on top?

By NanaMay from Mulhall, OK

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

Things You'll Need:
4"x4" slate, limestone or marble tiles, or ceramic tiles in a similar size
Penetrating sealer (if using stone tiles)
Felt or rubber pads, such as those used to quiet cabinet doors
Step 1 First, coat your stone tiles with the penetrating sealer, using and old rag. The sealer will enhance the color of the stone, as well as provide a protective barrier against possible stains. Let the sealer dry according the manufacturer instructions.

Step 2 Felt pads come in various sizes and colors. I used brown on these slate coasters.Next, attach the felt or rubber pads to the underside of the tile. These are self-stick, so just peel off the backing and stick them in place. For 4" tiles, I use 4 pads - one in each corner. If you are making a larger, trivet size piece, you may wish to also place a pad in the center to ensure stability.

Step 3 Now, look at your coasters and group them by color. You can either match the coasters as closely as possible, or mix the colors for an interesting set. Arrange them in groups of 4 coasters, and tie them together with a ribbon for gift-giving. Good luck.

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November 26, 20140 found this helpful

How can I use wine labels to make stone absorbent coasters.
I know how to make stamped stone absorbent coasters and I know they need to be baked, but can I do it with wine labels and also bake them to make them permanent?

By Leanne C.

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