TRAVERTINE FLOOR RESTORATION
MODERN STONE CARE TRAVERTINE SERVICES
Houston Travertine Cleaning:
Due to its acid sensitivity, travertine must be cleaned using an alkaline cleaning solution. We give the solution approximately 20 minutes of dwell time. This gives the cleaner time to depolarize the dirt that is embedded into the stone and grout. We then use an industry accepted spinner tool which provides pressure coupled with vacuum for extraction.
Houston Travertine Polishing:
Due to its alkaline mineral content, travertine etches whenever an acidic liquid or other compound comes in contact with the surface of the stone. This includes many common cleaners. The more acidic the substance, the faster etching occurs. Travertine polishing takes care of superficial scratches and minor etching that occurs throughout the course of daily activities. Our travertine polishing process leaves a deep, natural shine, with clarity and depth, which you just cannot achieve with an artificial coating.
Houston Travertine Honing:
Travertine can be honed to a matte or satin finish through a grinding process. We can also remove severe etching and deep scratching through our travertine honing service. Honing is rarely needed to remove damage but it is often used to provide a less glossy finish to the stone.
Houston Travertine Sealing:
All non-polished travertine should be sealed. This includes tumbled, rustic, or honed travertine of any style or cut. At Modern Stone Care our Houston travertine sealing service uses only premium sealer which are sand fortified. Sealing a floor against water based staining is adequate for most parts of the home, but in the kitchen, we recommend sealing travertine with an oil repellent and a water repellent. Call for details on any of our services or fill out the contact form on this page.
Travertine is often used for flooring in Houston and across the country. Fabricators or Manufacturers often add an epoxy filler to travertine tiles so that it can be smooth and polished. They also leave the stone unfilled at times and leave it a little rougher for a more rustic look. Either way, travertine is a beautiful, but high maintenance floor.
CARE & MAINTENANCE OF FILLED TRAVERTINE
Sealers are often incorrectly applied to this stone in an effort to “protect” it. Big box stores and flooring stores alike often sell water based film forming topical sealers that are applied to travertine to give it a satin or semi-gloss artificial finish. Modern Stone Care does not endorse that practice. Smooth, filled travertine should be polished. We do not believe that travertine should have a sealer applied to create an artificial look. Polished travertine always looks and feels cleaner than travertine with an artificial sealer on top.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF UNFILLED TRAVERTINE
While these floors do not need the same care from abrasion as a polished floor, they are more difficult to keep clean. In part, because of the fact that they often have open holes throughout the surface of the floor, but also because these floors always have cement based sanded grout between the tiles. Dirt will accumulate in the holes and over the textured stone. Also, the sanded grout is porous, and since it is wider, will accumulate dirt there as well. Keep in mind that sealing the stone will not keep dirt from accumulating either on the stone or grout or from collecting inside the holes of the stone. For this reason Modern Stone Care recommends that you have your unfilled travertine floors professionally cleaned twice per year.