This article is about cleaning tumbled travertine tile floor, we recently completed in Brassington, near Matlock in Derbyshire.
We were contacted because the homeowner had recently purchased the property and she wanted the travertine floors cleaning and sealing.
As you can see from the photos, the travertine tiles were in need of cleaning and filling:
- Holes and pores in the tiles were filled with soil
- Most of the tiles had holes from collapsed surface and lost filler
- Some tiles had deep holes from furniture damage
The new owners were also concerned that the soil was contributing to a strong “doggy” smell in the property.
The “doggy smell” may have been contained in the soil because dog oil from their body can build up on the floor. Over time the body oil starts to oxidise and go rancid, just like butter, giving off a strong unpleasant smell. So they hoped that the smell would go after the cleaning tumbled travertine tile.
The homeowners specified that the floor was sealed with an impregnating sealer as the floor needs to breathe because there is no damp proof membrane.
Deep Cleaning Tumbled Travertine – Stage 1 – Scrubbing
We started by applying a soil remover and left it for 30 minutes to soak into the floor.
Deep Cleaning Tumbled Travertine – Stage 2 – Pressure Rinsing
The cleaning was followed with our hot water pressurised “no-mess rinse and capture” equipment. Hot water is sprayed onto the surface of the floor at 1,000psi. The pressure turns the hot water into a strong scrubbing solution, lifting embedded soil off the floor. The slurry is immediately vacuumed out of the house into our truck mounted recovery tank.
Light Polishing Tumbled Travertine
We gave the floor a light polish using marble polishing powder.
This gives two benefits.
- The polishing brings out the colours in the travertine
The polishing makes the tiles smoother and so easier to dry sweep and mop.
The floor was then finish rinsed and vacuumed dry using our truck mounted vacuum generator.
Grout Filling Filling Tumbled Travertine
We used Mapei Jasmine grout to re-fill the holes. The grout was allowed to dry overnight, leaving the floor ready for sealing.
Sealing Tumbled Travertine
We sealed the travertine tiles with a high quality colour enhancing impregnating sealer.
We also provided the guidance on cleaning a travertine floor and with a microfiber mopping system and the right travertine cleaning solution. This means that the travertine will stay cleaner for years rather than months.
If your tumbled travertine floor needs cleaning, please click here to contact us, we will be happy to help.