Travertine is a soft, porous limestone rock. It looks great when used for flooring and providing good care is taken it can stand the test of time. That said, it can be vulnerable to damage if not cared for properly. If you need some help maintaining your travertine floor why not call Tile & Stone Medic today to see how we can help?
Travertine flooring can be affected by a range of common issues, most are quite easily handled by an experienced professional.
Etching is one of the most common forms of damage to travertine floor tiles. Travertine is easily marked by spillages of common household items like tomato sauce, vinegar, wine, lemon juice and similar liquids. Etching refers to light or pale marks on the surface of the tile which are left behind after such a spillage. Etching can be a small patch of discolouration, or can cover several tiles depending on the size of the spill.
Travertine tiling should always be sealed and will usually be polished to some extent, whether that’s a visible shine or a matt finish. Whatever the case, with regular footfall, occasional moisture and general wear and tear the finishing of the tile will wear down over time. If you’ve noticed your flooring becoming generally dull it may need to be repolished to bring it back to life.
Resealing is another common job to keep travertine tile flooring in good repair. Sealant is essentially a barrier against day to day wear and as such will gradually wear down in the course of repelling day to day impacts and abrasions. Wearing down of the sealant may leave the travertine tiles looking dull, but it will also leave it far more susceptible to staining, so it’s vital to ensure the sealer is topped up.
If the foundation underneath the travertine tiles has not been laid properly it can become distorted from day to day weight distribution on the tiles. Movement in the subfloor can, over time, result in loosening of the tiles. If unchecked the tiles may go on to chip, or create a tripping hazard. Similarly, wear and degradation of the grouting between the tiles will happen over time and can lead to similar issue. If light coloured grouting has been used it will also show dirt quite readily, this dirt can be trodden into the tiles too and create marks.
How we maintain travertine tile flooring
We employ a range of professional treatments to repair worn or damaged travertine floors. In the case of etching we would need to assess the scale of the damage first. Generally our technique involves using a specialist polish solution to buff out the visible damage, before applying a finishing polish and a reseal.
For travertine floor tiling which has become dull, a simple finishing polish might be all that is necessary to bring life back to the tiles. This polishing can be tailored to your specification depending on your desired finish, for example tiles could be left matt or taken to a higher level of sheen. We’d strongly recommend finishing with a sealer to help guard against staining from minor spillages and general abrasive damage. The sealer should be topped up once a year to maintain this protection.
In the case of chipped, cracked or seriously damaged tiles we we would need to make a thorough assessment of the damage to the travertine before we decide on a treatment. It may be the case that a tile needs to be entirely replaced, in which case we can help with sourcing replacement stone.
Will repairing my travertine tiles cause disruption?
We always try to fit our repairs around your schedule with an absolute minimum of inconvenience to you and your environment. Repair of travertine floor which has suffered staining or damage from wear and tear can generally be completed in a few hours. The repairs don’t usually involve large or loud pieces of machinery and the strongest chemicals used would be mild alkalis which shouldn’t present any significant hazard. You can rest assured the job will be completed as safely and efficiently as possible so you can get back to enjoying your space with its newly refreshed tiling.
If your travertine floor tiles need some care and attention then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tile & Stone Medic today for all your maintenance and repair needs!
Stone Floor Cleaning
Almost certainly. Send us a picture or a description and we’ll identify your stone. We always assess a surface before work starts in order to pick the most appropriate solution.
Usually we are able to stabilise stone flooring where it has become loose. We can repair grouting and make spot repairs to the subfloor where necessary.
Yes, we have a range of fillers we can use to repair chipped or dented stone.
We are happy offer advice on best practice to look after your flooring, but it depends on the type of floor you have. Once we’ve had a look at it we’ll be able to help.
We apply a sealer to a floor in order to protect it. Different types of floor, both manmade and natural stone, are vulnerable to different sorts of damage. They can all be harmed by chemicals to a certain degree, even by the acid in food and drink spillages, as they will be very slightly porous. As well as this, they can be worn away by physical damage. Even foot traffic can have a big impact if dust or grit has built up on the floor, since it increases abrasions. A sealant will reduce the chance of a spill becoming a stain by reducing the floor’s ability to absorb liquids. It can also help protect the appearance of the floor by forming a protective barrier. A sealant won’t prevent all damage and it will still wear away over time, but it will help your floors last longer, helping protect your investment. Sealants will even help protect your floor from UV radiation which can lead to fading over the lifespan of a high value stone or tiled floor. We can consult with you to find the best sealant for your floor and the type of use it gets to make sure it receives the best form of protection.
Absolutely. If this was not carried out by those who fitted the floor get in touch immediately to ensure that the appropriate protection can be applied as promptly as possible. We would recommend that this is carried out once the flooring is in place as this means the grout, which is generally more porous, will also be protected.
We have a range of high quality Faber products which will help protect your floors from damage. As every type of floor is different and has myriad uses, we will consult with you to work out the best way to protect your investment. We can apply topical sealants which form a protective layer on top of the floor, or if needed an impregnating sealant, which will be partially absorbed into the stone or tiles. There are many variations of these sealants and as each floor type has unique characteristics and vulnerabilities we can work with you to find and apply the the best kind of protection.
Firstly, a floor should always be sealed when it is first laid. Get in touch with us straight away if this hasn’t been carried out already. It will also need periodic sealing in order to protect the floor on an ongoing basis. How often sealing is required depends on a number of factors such as the specific material used for your flooring and the kind of use it has to survive. For example, a bathroom with natural tiles that is frequently exposed to water may require sealing more often than porcelain tiles in a kitchen. Frequent maintenance, such as sweeping and hoovering up the dust and grit that erodes floors when trodden on can help. Once the sealant is worn away, not only will scratches be more likely, the risk of staining or permanent damage from liquids is drastically increased as there is no protective layer to prevent absorption. If in doubt get in touch with our team of friendly technicians who can discuss your needs.
The process we carry out will depend on your specific floor and the use that it gets. There will be variations for different materials and the finish that you wish to achieve. The process will also be impacted by the full scale of work that we carry out, for example which types of cleaning and restoration are being performed. It is not unusual to apply several layers of sealant if this is necessary and appropriate.
Travertine Floor Cleaning and Restoration Enquiries
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Travertine Floor Cleaning and Restoration service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.
Tiled Floor Cleaning and Restoration Enquiries
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Tiled Floor Cleaning and Restoration service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.