Achieving The Look You Want For Your Travertine
Travertine is a very popular stone for floors in new homes in the Austin, TX area. Because of its popularity, Santa Fe Floor Care has become highly experienced in the care and maintenance of travertine. We perform several different processes on travertine: cleaning and sealing, honing, and polishing, as well has filling holes. We can make your travertine look nothing less than spectacular, whether you prefer a matte, satin or glossy finish.
Common Travertine Problems
Travertine can become dirty or dull-looking, scratched, etched, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged with time and use. If this is true of your travertine, don’t replace it! Santa Fe Floor Care can restore your travertine, not just making it look better, but making it look brand new again.
To Fill Or Not To Fill
Travertine has naturally occurring holes, so it is available in two distinct forms — filled and unfilled. In “filled” travertine, a color-matched material is used at the factory to fill the holes, giving the stone a smooth finish. In “unfilled” travertine the natural holes remain exposed for a rustic, earthy finish. If you have unfilled travertine that you want to be filled, or the holes in your filled travertine have become exposed and need to be refilled, we can perform this service for you. The stone industry term for this service is “floating.” We use filler tinted to match the rest of the surface, blending the repair site with the surrounding area. To achieve a uniform finish, we hone and polish once the filler is completely dry.
Grinding Uneven Tiles (Lippage Removal)
Whether you want a floor that is flush with its grout lines for easier cleaning, or need to remedy uneven tiles that can be hazardous as well as unattractive, Santa Fe Floor Care can take care of that for you. Using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology, we can remove excess stone to create a flat, level surface . Once the uneven tiles are leveled (this is called lippage removal), the travertine is honed and polished to your desired finish.
Refinishing: Honing & Polishing
Santa Fe Floor Care can hone your travertine surfaces to eliminate surface imperfections such as dull spots, scratches, etching and other wear and tear, resulting in a damage free surface that looks like new again. With the damage erased, our expert technicians can polish your travertine using the appropriate diamond-infused pads or polishing powders, achieving a honed (soft matte) finish that is warm, inviting, and velvety smooth, a gorgeous glass-like polish, or something in between that suits your taste.
Deep Cleaning Soiled Travertine
While any travertine surface can become dirty and grimy with use, unfilled travertine with its naturally varying surface texture and inherent holes can be particularly challenging once dirt has had time to accumulate in the hollows and low points. Not to worry, though, we can remove deeply imbedded soiling, strip away years of buildup of unsightly topical treatments, remove soap film in showers, get rid of soot on fireplaces, and resolve a host of other travertine cleaning problems, leaving your stone as pristine as the day it was installed.
Once your travertine floors, showers, tub surrounds, walls, and other travertine surfaces are restored, we highly recommend you have your travertine sealed to help inhibit staining. Like all natural stone, travertine is naturally porous and quick to absorb staining agents. It’s true most stains can be resolved, but who wants to go to all that trouble, expense and frustration when it can easily be avoided. A thorough professional sealing is a good, inexpensive way to head stains off at the pass.
Travertine Color Enhancing
Travertine is characterized by its neutral earthtone colors. For certain types of travertine, our skilled technicians can apply an enhancing sealer to intensify the color and enrich its natural beauty.
Travertine Stain Removal
Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, stains happen. Fortunately, most stains and discolorations can be resolved. Visit our Stain Management App for specific directions, if you prefer DIY methods. Of course, you are always welcome to schedule services with us if you would rather not get your hands dirty.
Before you replace your chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged travertine, talk to us about our expert travertine repair services. Santa Fe Floor Care can fill holes and fix travertine cracks and chips, blending the repair site with the surrounding area, then honing and polishing it to match the overall finish of the rest of your travertine floor, countertop or other travertine surface.
Replacing Severely Damaged Travertine Tiles
Sometimes, we encounter a tile that simply must be replaced. We can replace your tile, using extra care to avoid damaging neighboring tiles, then level the replacement tile with its neighbors, and match the surrounding finish as closely as possible. Be forewarned — unless you have extra tiles on hand from the original batch, replacement tiles may be noticeably different. Because travertine is a natural stone, even tiles from the same quarry can vary in color and appearance.
Caring For Travertine
Sweep or dust mop your floors regularly to remove any debris that can get ground into the surface. Proper cleaning, polishing and sealing will keep your travertine looking like new. We recommend cleaning your travertine kitchen and bath surfaces using a quality, stone-safe, pH neutral stone cleaner. Feel free to ask us specific questions about your travertine. We make it a point to educate our customers on proper stone care. Visit our Caring For It page to view recommended products and download our FREE Stone and Tile Care Guide.