L.C.S. offers a range of travertine floor restoration services for the
Tampa Bay area including cleaning travertine floors, repairing holes in
travertine, removing etch marks from travertine flooring, removing
lippage from travertine floors, properly sealing travertine floors and
Many homebuilders, installers and homeowners are unaware that travertine floors can have 3 main kinds of finish and varying degrees in between:
1. Honed Finish
A honed finish has a flat appearance with little to no reflection. Interior decorators often refer to a honed floor as a “Mediterranean” look, natural or old world appearance.
2. Satin Finish
A satin finish is in between a honed and glass finish. Due to the nature of the polishing process the owner has the ability to determine the amount of shine they desire. More polish can result in a high satin finish while less polish will result in a low satin finish.
3. Glass Finish
A glass finish requires the use of 2 types of polishing processes and results in a clear, hard glass shine.
Travertine floors should be sealed with a Penetrating Sealer which is also referred to as an Impregnator. This sealer repels oil and water providing stain resistance to travertine floors. A topical sealer should not be used on travertine as it will hide the true beauty of your travertine floors and create a covering that yellows, scratches and wears out quickly.
Repair Holes In Travertine*
Travertine is a soft stone characterized by its pitted appearance. Travertine tiles are sold as “filled” or “unfilled”. Unfilled travertine is commonly found in pool and patio areas. The maintenance procedures normally associated with unfilled travertine include a deep scrubbing of the holes and clefts as well as applying a penetrating sealer which provides stain resistance. In “filled” travertine the natural stone is harder and more durable than the fill and therefore the “fill” will begin to pop out in high traffic areas. A common maintenance procedure for filled travertine flooring is refilling the holes. L.C.S. has a travertine color-tinted epoxy to repair holes that form in the travertine. It is important to properly maintain travertine floors otherwise the holes will become larger and more will develop holding dirt and debris resulting in a dirty appearance.
*Repairs are cosmetic in nature and do not include changing stability or integrity such as a replacement/installation would do.
Remove Lippage From Travertine
Lippage is a condition where one edge of a stone is higher than adjacent edges, giving the finished surface an uneven appearance. Severe lippage (uneven tiles, toekicks) in travertine floors can be removed by an aggressive wet grinding process used to flatten the floor in order to achieve a monolithic appearance. Another option to address minor lippage in travertine flooring is to use a less aggressive honing process to round off the sharp edges.
Professional cleaning of travertine floors involves deep scrubbing the travertine with an intensive cleaner and a brush that is able to flex into the clefts, holes and grout joints. Daily cleaning of travertine floors done by homeowners requires using a neutral cleaner. A neutral cleaner for travertine is a cleaner that has a ph of 7. The best place to buy a neutral cleaner for your travertine is from your travertine restoration company or your local janitorial supply store. A common mistake made when cleaning travertine is the use of non-neutral liquids such as vinegar and tile grout cleaners. These liquids will “etch” the travertine.
Q. I recently had Travertine tiles installed in my home but the floor has an unfinished look. How can I fix this hazy, blotchy appearance?
A. Many installers have little or no knowledge of cleaning, sealing and polishing the floor. Common mistakes
include leaving a grout residue on the surface of the tile, sealing over dirt and/or using an incorrect sealer
or polish. Stone Specialists such as ourselves routinely work with many home builders and home owners
to properly clean, seal and polish travertine floors.
Q. What can I do about holes appearing in my travertine floors?
A. Common maintenance procedure for filled travertine flooring is replacing the fill that begins to pop out in high traffic areas. L.C.S. has an epoxy travertine colored fill to repair holes that form in the travertine. It is important to properly maintain travertine floors otherwise the holes will become larger and more will develop holding dirt and debris resulting in a dirty appearance. For more information feel free to call L.C.S. at (813) 948-6800 and speak to a stone specialist.
Q. What should I use to clean my travertine floors?
A. Daily maintenance involves dust mopping frequently and wet mopping with a neutral cleaner. Use a clean mop that is solely used on the travertine floors. It is also best to change the water often to limit streaking. Only a neutral cleaner specific for polished marble should be used to clean the floors. The best place to buy a neutral cleaner for your travertine is from your travertine restoration company or your local janitorial supply store. A common mistake made when cleaning marble is the use of non-neutral liquids such as vinegar and tile grout cleaners. These liquids will “etch” the marble, removing the polish.
Q. How do I choose the best company for my travertine polishing project?
A. Unlike buying a product that is the same from one company to another, purchasing a service such as travertine polishing requires a clear understanding of each company. First narrow your search to only those companies specializing in stone restoration. Next understand what each company proposes to do. To choose the best specialist you must become an informed consumer so ask many questions. If you only compare prices you may be cheating yourself out of the best job. Finally find out who will be doing the actual work. There’s a big difference in having the owner on-site than just a sub-contractor or employee with much less experience.
Here are some questions to ask before hiring a company:
- Is the company privately owned or a franchise?
- Is the company certified in stone restoration?
- Does this company specialize in stone or try to cover a wide range of services?
- Who will be doing the actual work?
L.C.S. differs from others in many ways including: over 24 years of experience in the Tampa Bay area, specialization and certification
for stone restoration, and quality customer service through owner operation.
Q. What is the maintenance procedure for polished travertine floors?
A. One of the greatest benefits of travertine restoration is the maintenance. Unlike the initial refinishing, maintenance re-polishing is done only in high traffic areas at a fraction of the cost of restoration. The maintenance procedure involves a simple spray-buff re-polishing of traffic areas as needed. Proper maintenance by a stone professional is the most important part of keeping your floor looking its best and protecting the investment of your initial restoration.
Do’s & Don’ts
- DO Dust mop floors frequently
- DO Clean surfaces with a neutral cleaner
- DO Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
- DO Blot up spills immediately
- DO Protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces
with coasters, trivets or placemats
- DO Place felt protectors under chair and table legs
- DO Contact L.C.S., Inc. when traffic areas become worn to re-polish
- DON’T Use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids
- DON’T Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tile cleaners
- DON’T Use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
- DON’T Apply a topical sealer or wax
If you have these problems or any other questions about your marble floors, call the stone specialists
at L.C.S. (813) 948-6800 for a free evaluation.
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