Travertine Restoration is performed in a similar method to marble restoration. A calcium carbonate stone that is sensitive to acidic products and traffic abrasion, travertine will wear with use and become scratched and dull in traffic areas and highly used areas such as kitchens and points of entry. Travertine restoration is nothing more than the use of abrasion to restore the surface to a flat, smooth plane and then honing or polishing to a consistent finish that is suitable to the taste of the owner, whether it is a low honed finish or highly polished surface. We use only the most orthodox travertine restoration techniques – all diamond abrasives and high quality penetrating sealers. We do not use short term fixes such as crystallization or waxing techniques when we restore a travertive surface.
Travertine Cleaning, regardless of surface type, honed, tumbled or polished can be cleaned. The question is how long will it last? If a travertine floor is only a few years old and has been cared for it may be professionally cleaned quite successfully. A travertine surface will wear over time with exposure to abrasion from traffic and maintenance. After only a few years the surface of a travertine floor, even one that is well cared for will begin to develop a rough surface. At a microscopic level, the surface is pitting as dirt, sand and debris are swept across and ground in with foot traffic. As the travertine surface becomes more pitted, these pits become cavities that hold dirt and grime. Although we can clean this surface completely and remove all the dirt, unless you machine hone or polish to restore the flat, smooth surface, dirt will return very quickly.
Travertine polishing is technically no different than marble polishing. Similar diamond abrasives are used as are polishing compounds. Keep in mind that the fill content within most travertine will not polish at the same rate as the stone itself. Therefore travertine stone, even when polished will lean towards a muddled appearance as the eye will perceive the filled areas differently than the stone itself. As a general rule, more than 90% of the travertine surfaces that we encounter are honed rather than polished. It seems travertine is very forgiving as a honed stone, lending itself to be a beautiful stone even as it wears. Travertine polishing is avaialble if you are one of the select that have or desire a high polished travertine surface.
Travertine honing is the most common procedure performed on travertine installations as most travertine is fabricated to a honed finish. When your travertine has worn for a few years or more and has developed small holes and a generally dull or poor appearance you may be ready for travertine honing. We are able to machine hone your travertine with the use of diamond abrasives. This procedure will flatten the surface, remove scratches and surface abrasion and return the travertine to the original fabricated finish or in many case better. Of course you may elect a slightly higher hone or lower hone depending upon your taste and preference. Travertine Honing can also be performed with only the use of abrasive compound, known as honing compounds. Thes honing compounds will produce an acceptable finish, but will not correct more extreme wear and tear issues. Compounds are traditionally used for annual maintenance and every few years the diamond abrasion can keep you honed travertine looking new.
Travertine Hole Repair, travertine is similar to marble but typically much more cavernous, having a build much like a beehive with many voids and holes throughout. When travertine is fabricated for use as tiles or slabs, the finished surfaces is often filled and hone or polished flat. If you have had your travertine for a while, you already know that new voids will open in the surface of the stone. This is simply your traffic finding weak areas in the surface of the stone where a void is hiding just beneath the surface. These holes will fill with dirt and become an eyesore very quickly. The best method to fill travertine voids and holes is the same method that is used when the stone is originally fabricated – poylester resin. This resin can be applied and cut flat. Colors are matched onsite and a well prepared fill will not be seen or found under scrutiny.