The Travertine floor was installed in a heavy use kitchen, entrance and inner hallway in Biggleswade, Essex.
After 10 years;
- tiles had lost their sheen.
- the grout looked grubby.
- there were a few holes from collapsed Travertine filler.
The client was not happy with the appearance of the floor. They had to scrub the floor on their hands and knees to remove the spoil from the grout. But they could not remove the ingrained soil from the Travertine tiles. The grout would quickly go dark again.
They were looking for a clean floor, that would continue to look clean without having to scrub the Travertine on hands and knees.
The original smooth finish had worn off the tiles, exposing small pits and voids that filled with soil. This soil is very difficult to remove by mopping. The grout was soiled because cleaning slurry from mopping had soaked into the grout.
Travertine Cleaning and Sealing Solution
I used a rotary scrubbing machine and pressure rinsing lift the soil from the tiles and the grout. I repeated the cleaning until most of the soil and old sealer residues were removed.
After cleaning, I filled the larger holes with two-part jasmine colour resin filler.
Finally, I applied a high-solids, film-forming sealer that dried to a pleasant mid-sheen finish.
The sealer gives the following benefits:
- acts as a wear layer, protecting the surface of the Travertine and the grout
- gives more time to wipe spills before they damage the stone
- makes the floor easier to clean.
My client was delighted with the finish. I explained the importance of correct maintenance. In particular, how a microfiber damp mopping would lift more soil off the floor than a round cotton mop. Meaning that the tiles and the grout will stay cleaner for longer.
If you have a stone floor in Biggleswade or the surrounding area that you need help with, please drop me a line, I’ll be happy to help.