We are here in Shepshead, Loughborough LE12, cleaning travertine and resealing travertine tiles.
Our client, we will call her Lucy, chose tumbled travertine specifically for the natural holes and voids in the stone. She wanted the look to add a rustic beauty to the kitchen, hallway and w/c.
Tumbled travertine starts out its life in an exotic way:
This image shows Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone National Park, where travertine is starting it’s journey from the guysers.
When the tiles were installed, they looked beautiful. Following the manufacturer’s recommendation, the tiles were sealed with an impregnating sealer.
Lucy used mop, bucket and strong flash floor cleaner for cleaning travertine. However, over time, the holes started to fill with soil, spoiling the look of the floor.
Over the years, Lucy also tried re-sealing the tiles, but this did not stop soil gathering in the holes.
As a last gasp effort, Lucy checked out our website and saw how we have transformed similar travertine floors.
We started by protecting the walls with plastic sheeting. We use powerful cleaning solutions. Splashes from cleaning travertine with these chemicals can damage delicate paintwork.
We left the cleaner on the floor for 20 minutes to start working its way into the soil.
Next we used a scrubbing machine with a medium brush to scrub the cleaner deep into the holes and reach the embedded soil.
Now we used our hot water pressurised rinse and capture equipment. This blasts hot water into the holes in the stone and sucks out all the dissolved soil.
There were ugly, dark areas on some of the tiles, where soil had migrated under the surface of the stone. This process is not designed to remove this soiling.
We can remove this soil by grinding off the top of the stone to reveal the holes. But this would have increased the cost of the work, taking it outside Lucy’s budget, so we opted for deep cleaning and filling optiontravertine
Next, after cleaning the travertine we used jasmine coloured grout to fill the holes.
and when it dried, we cleaned removed the surface grout off the tiles, so the surface was ready for sealing.
Finally, we sealed the floor with a solvent base acrylic sealer.
This kind of sealer gives a tough, hard wearing finish. This sealer gives off strong fumes and is not a solution for everyone.
Where we can not use a solvent based sealer, we can use a water based sealer.
If you would like to find out how we can restore your tumbled travertine floor, call 0800 695 0180 or click here, we’ll be happy to help.