DirectStone Offers High Quality Travertine Floor Restoration
The distinctive earthy tones and beautiful texturing of travertine flooring have made it a popular trend which continues to impact domestic and commercial flooring. The stone is a derivative of limestone, and part of its attraction is the natural pitted surface which makes each tile unique. And it’s not just good-looking. Travertine will last a lifetime, and it’s extremely low maintenance.
Time to Restore Your Travertine Floor?
Whilst this is a durable stone flooring, it does require occasional restorative techniques to maintain the ‘just polished’ appearance of the tiles. There’s a very practical reason for this. The tiny holes which are characteristic to the stone, fill with dust and dirt after a while – however careful your cleaning regime. Travertine is also susceptible to staining from spillages of acidic liquids such as ketchup, or fizzy drinks.
Honed Travertine Floor Restoration
If you have chosen honed travertine tiles for your flooring, the naturally occurring holes will have been filled, and the surface polished. Over time you may notice:
- Holes appearing in the smooth surface
- Areas of heaviest footfall looking dull
- Etch marks and stains due to spillages
- Scratches on the surface
These are natural wear and tear, but they require a professional restoration team to ‘bring your floor back’.
DirectStone restorers deep clean the travertine floor to remove dust and dirt. Next they remove staining, etch marks using HTC Superfloor™ diamond grinding tools which strip back the floor surface. Then emergent holes are filled and the floor is re-sealed. Finally the travertine is polished to the required finish using HTC Superfloor™ diamond abrasive pads.
Tumbled Travertine Floor Restoration
Tumbled travertine retains the original pitted texture of the stone. These are normally polished to a light sheen and they exude a warm glow which looks stunning in a kitchen or bathroom. The drawback is that dust accumulates in the tiny holes over time and is virtually impossible to remove. Aggressive cleaning with a scrubbing brush, for example, just makes the holes bigger.
DirectStone restoration of tumbled travertine occurs in 3 stages:
- Mechanical scrubbing uses directional water pressure to release the dirt and grime
- Diamond grinding removes deep stains and old sealer from the tiles
- Once the floor is clean, a new sealer is applied.
DirectStone Travertine Restoration Case Studies
DirectStone has recently carried out 2 restoration processes, one on tumbled and one on honed travertine.
Tumbled Travertine. This beautiful stone dining and kitchen floor had lost its sheen, was displaying a number of stains, and required new grout. Once we had completed the scrubbing and grinding, we repaired the grout and buffed the tiles to their original satin finish.
Honed Travertine. A large kitchen floor that had a number of settlement cracks requiring repair. Once these had been filled the floor was stripped back using diamond grinding tools to remove old sealant and stains. The travertine was resealed, and finally we restored the high sheen polish.
Professional Standards for Travertine Floor Restoration
DirectStone restorers are all highly qualified professionals, with a wealth of practical experience which they bring to each new project. We use high quality diamond grinding materials for a stunning finish, with HEPA filtered extraction to ensure a safe and virtually dust-free working environment.
If you have a Travertine floor that is stained, dulled or cracked, call DirectStone today for diagnostics and rapid restoration.