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Pitted Travertine Cleaning Reading Berkshire – Abbey Floor Care

Is your Travertine floor dirty and difficult to clean?

This pitted Travertine Floor Cleaning Reading project shows how professionals clean Travertine floors.

This project is about restoring dirty Travertine floor tiles in domestic premises in Silchester near Reading in Berkshire.

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Why Travertine Can Be Difficult to Keep Clean

Travertine is a popular stone used as tiles on floors and walls around the home, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, shower and wet rooms.

This floor space is a kitchen, hallway, WC, and washroom. This stone floor looked ugly because the holes and pits in the surface of the tiles have filled with dirt.

The surface was dirty with dried-in mopping slurry marks. Unlike ceramic tile, travertine is a porous tile.

They had to scrub the floor on their hands and knees, but they could not remove the ingrained dirt from the Travertine tiles. The floor would quickly go dark again.

So my client was looking for a specialist travertine cleaning service.

The Advantages Of Calling A Travertine Cleaning Service For Reading

They were looking for a consultation from a quality cleaning service provider.

After a bit of investigation on the web, they saw the quality of our product and contacted us.

Looking at photos of the floor, I could see that the floor surface was very dirty and needed some serious renovation.

Travertine with soil filled holes

The homeowner had used mopping with a variety of cleaning products and even steam cleaning.

I explained that harsh chemicals and steam cleaning would damage any sealer left on the floor.

I recommended a deep clean and seal to restore the colour and remove the dirt from the holes.

Then fill the holes and pits, to stop them from filling with dirt.

Then using an appropriate Travertine sealer.

Preparing The Work Area

Tumbled travertine tiling has a rough surface and a scrubbing machine will cause splashing.

So I started the renovation by installing plastic sheeting on the doors, walls, kitchen units.

I also used low-tack masking tape to stop the protection adhesive from removing loose paint from skirting boards and the painted kitchen units. I used a dry vacuum cleaner to remove dry dirt and grit.

Cleaning The Travertine Flooring

Travertine is a form of limestone formed from calcium, deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs.

As it is made from calcium Travertine should not be cleaned with acid cleaners, because acid dissolves the calcium carbonate in the limestone and Travertine.

While travertine is a rock, it is relatively soft compared to Granite, Sandstone or Flagstone, and scratches easily, so the cleaning process should not be too aggressive.

I applied a strong alkaline Travertine cleaner and sealer remover onto the floors, giving the cleaning product time to soften any remaining sealer and soil residues.

 

Cleaning Dirty Travrtine Floor Tiles

After around 20 minutes, I used a rotary scrubbing machine with a medium grade polypropylene brush to loosen the dirt.

I had to use my pressure rinsing equipment to clean the holes in the stone.

I repeated the scrubbing and pressure rinsing and then I had to get on my hands and kneed to remove the final residues.

Filling The Holes In Travertine Tiles

Our restoration process does a great job of removing soil from holes in Travertine tiles.

It also removes any loose filler that will come away in the coming months.

So the next stage of the refurbishment is to fill the holes in the Travertine tiles.

Filling Holes In Travertine Tiles

We used a high-quality Jasmine colour filler.

The next day, the filler had set sufficiently to allow me to use a scrubbing pad to clean and rinse the floor ready for sealing.

Travertine Floor Sealing Pros And Cons

Our Business offers a number of Travertine sealing options for Travertine and similar tiles like Slate and Terracotta.

Giving a matt, satin or gloss finish

We discussed the pros and cons of applying the different sealers, considering the customer was working from home.

Impregnating Sealers

  • Offers good oil and water resistance
  • No resistance to acid etching
  • Damaged by strong cleaning chemicals
  • Sealing takes around 4 hours
  • The sealer then needs around 1 hour to cure ready for light traffic

Topical Sealer

  • Offers good oil and water resistance, to block the passage of fluids through the surface.
  • Gives a high sheen finish without mechanical polishing or buffing.
  • Good durability, limited resistance to resistance to acid etching
  • Weakened by strong cleaning chemicals and bleach.
  • Sealing takes around 6 hours
  • The sealer then takes around 1 hour to cure ready for light foot traffic

Hybrid Sealer

  • Offers excellent oil and water resistance
  • Good resistance to acid etching
  • Strong cleaning chemicals have a limited effect.
  • Sealing will take around 5 hours
  • The sealer then needs 6 to 8 hours to cure ready for light traffic.

Sealing This Travertine Floor

After discussing the options with the customer, we decided on a Topical, durable, satin finish film-forming sealer.

The sealer gives the perfect combination of ease of application and limited upheaval.

To get maximum results, I first applied a coat of impregnating sealant.

Then I applied 4 coats of Satin finish topical sealer, leaving an hour between coats for each layer to dry.

Travertine sealed with Satin Finish Topical Sealer

The sealer acts as a sacrificial wear layer, protecting the surface of the Travertine from traffic wear and tracked-in grit.

The sealer also gives more time to wipe spills before they damage the floor.

Importantly, the sealer makes the floor much easier to clean.

My client was delighted with the finish, commenting a number of times how beautiful the floor looked.

Travertine Floor Maintenance Tips

Most stone sealers will be damaged by high alkaline cleaners.

So it is imperative to use a ph neutral, non-acidic cleaner for floor care.

I left my customer a bottle of LTP Floor Shine, the recommended cleaner for the sealer.

If you have a Travertine floor, it is important to clean up a spill as soon as possible; leaving it any longer increases the likelihood that the stain may penetrate the sealer and stain the stone.

For example, if you leave a red wine spill on the tile, the red wine will permeate the tile and create a lasting unsightly stain.

Sealers protect your tiles from staining and enhance their appearance, however, the sealer will wear down over time.

This is when dirt can become ingrained in the pores of the tile.

So if you do want to keep your stone floor looking its best, ensure there is always a good coating of sealer.

If you have a stone floor in Silchester, Reading Berkshire or the surrounding area that you need help with, please drop me a line.

I’ll be happy to help.