Watch on Youtube: Restoring a Travertine Tile Floor
The primary concerns with the travertine tiles were
Discoloured & Dirty Grout
For many years the floor has gradually worn away leaving holes and pits that have filled with grease and dirt.
Acidic food and drink splatters have left behind spots on the tiles.
Visible Surface Scratches and Scuffs
Typically the scrape scratches will probably have been left through soil along with grit from outside shoes
Deep Scratches By The Door
The bottom of the door has marked the surface of the tiles, making deep scores.
The floor tiles were initially a dull shine finish. They had been finished with an impregnating sealant and covered with a Lithofin Cobble Wax to improve the protection
We began with a deep clean using cleaners, honing powders and chemicals. 800 grit honing powder was rough enough to work dirt out of the tiles tiles and grout lines without damaging the surface area of the tiles. When the floor had been been carefully rinsed we hard honed the floor starting at 200 grit, finishing at 1500 grit. The two-hundred grit honing did away with the majority of visible scratches and scuffs and the final fifteen hundred grit home gave the floor a soft sheen. We finished by polishing the floor with a marble powder. This gave the floor tiles with a stunning shine.
We had to treat the scratched by the door with hand tools as the scratches were quite deep. We managed to get a charming surface without breaking through to any pits and spaces.
The black grout lines were now very noticeable compared to the original cream grout. We coloured the black grout making it a light sand to look like the other clean grout.
Finally we used 2 coats of high quality impregnating sealant.
We carefully discussed the significance of looking after the floor correctly, utilizing the right cleaning chemicals and mops. Their floor will certainly continue to look gorgeous for years to come.
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