Travertine Tile Repair A Simple Guide By Abbey Floor Care
Are you frustrated by holes appearing in your beautiful Travertine Floor?
Have you struggled with travertine tile repair using epoxy fillers or other kinds of filler, only to find that you can’t make it smooth without damaging the surrounding tile?
We will show you a quick and simple way of travertine tile repair, to fill the holes without having to deal with difficult epoxy and polyester fillers.
Epoxy Fillers are brilliant for travertine tile repair but you also need to have at hand:
- grinding equipment
- some sharp knife blades
- chemicals to clean epoxy off tiles
most importantly experience in using all the equipment.
That’s fine for professionals such as here at Abbey Floor Care, but if you don’t do this kind of work you can land yourself in a heap of trouble.
Simple Way To Fill Holes in Travertine
You will need the following materials and equipment:
- stainless steel tea spoon (available at azda)
- disposable plastic breakfast bowl (available at azda)
- thin protective gloves (packs are available at azda – again!)
- soft microfiber cloth
- small bag of Mapei Fine Grout (to best match the colour of your grout – e.g. Jasmine)
this is best bought from your local Tile Giant – click here for a tile giant store locator.
- Mapei Fugolastic (optional) available in 1 litre bottles from Lilley Tile and Stone
- dry vacuum cleaner
If the hole is dirty, clean it out as best as you can.
Put on a pair of protective gloves
Put one to three tea spoons of grout into the breakfast bowl and mix with a small amount of water so you have a thick custard consistency.
Once the grout has been mixed, leave it for a couple of minutes to allow the water to fully absorb into the grout – called slating – and then give it a final mix. The grout will have stiffened up, which is fine
You can replace water with Mapei Fugolastic – It will improve the grout compactness, abrasion resistance and reduce porosity and water absorption.
Use the teaspoon or your finger (make sure to wear gloves) to fill the hole as best you can and smooth it. Leave the hole for ten minutes.
If you have mixed water with the grout, use one of your dry microfiber cloths and gently wipe over the area, using just enough pressure to release the dried grout from the surface of the tile, but leave the grout in the hole.
If you have used Fugostic instead of water, use a damp cloth to wipe off the residue around the repair.
Vacuum up the dust from around the hole.
Clean your mixing bowl and spoon and store away ready with your bag of grout for the next time.
There you are – you have made a hard wearing, long lasting travertine repair.
Following requests for a more detailed explanation of the process see here.