How To Care For Travertine Tile
Travertine is a kind of limestone that’s usually found around hot springs and some waterfalls. It comes in tan, white and cream. Travertine stone is used to make floor tiles. Travertine tile is both beautiful and functional, but it needs a certain degree of special care. Here are some tips on how to care for Travertine tile floors.
You will have to hire a technician to place the Travertine tile for you. Some contractors seal the tiles during installation, while others do not. Find out what policy your contractor has, and if their installation package doesn’t include tile sealing, then it will be a DIY home repair project you’ll have to do yourself. It’s actually a pretty straight-forward process, which is why some contractors don’t do it. It doesn’t require any specialized skill. Commercial sealants are available at many hardware stores, and each pack comes with detailed instructions on what you need to do.
Observe and monitor the condition of the tiles. Minor damage can spread quite fast, so you should repair any damage which occurs as soon as you notice it. Your travertine tiles need to be resealed at least once a year. You can repeat the process more regularly if any of the tiles come loose. If the tile is on a path where people walk a lot, you may need to reseal more often, because the surface will wear out faster. If you prefer, you could cover areas of high traffic with large area rugs. These add warmth and color to the floor as well as protecting your precious tile.
You may notice swirls on the travertine. There are two possible causes for this. One is improper sealing, and the other is cutting, which has been badly done. If the problem is the sealant, have the tile resealed. If it’s the cut of the tile, you can have the top or bottom of the tile honed to eliminate the swirls. If this still doesn’t resolve the problem, use a colored epoxy coat on the tile. This conceals the unsightly swirls. For a stronger fix, use a pigmented filler which covers the tile more effectively than an epoxy.
Travertine is a porous rock, so before use, each hole is filled up with either grout, epoxy resin or tile filler. Periodically, the filling will scrape off, corrode, or dissolve. As soon as you notice this, refill the holes. Your filling should be an appropriate color, to make it less obvious, and holes should be refilled as soon as possible. Leaving them gaping allows them to become larger, and soon they’ll be impossible to fix. Regular resealing and refilling is the only way to maintain travertine tile.