Achieving The Look You Want For Your Travertine
Travertine is a unique and versatile stone, suitable to a wide range of decorative styles, from rugged and rustic to welcoming old world charm to stunning high-polished elegance. However, your travertine can become dirty or dull-looking, scratched, etched, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged with time and use. We can restore your travertine, not just making it look better, but making it look brand new again — and providing significant cost savings over replacement.
To Fill Or Not To Fill
Travertine in its original state has naturally occurring holes throughout. Part of travertine’s unique appeal is that 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. Both filled and unfilled travertine are beautiful in their own right, and both offer their own particular look and feel. If you have unfilled travertine, or the holes in your filled travertine have become exposed, and you want the holes to be filled, we can perform this service for you.
Filling Holes In Travertine: Floating
Travertine “floating” may bring to mind inflatable lounge chairs or rubber duckies, but it really has nothing to do with bodies of water. It is the process used to either change unfilled travertine surfaces to the smooth appearance of filled travertine or to repair filled travertine surfaces with holes that have become exposed due to time and wear. Our expert technicians can tint fillers to blend the repair site with the surrounding area. After the filler dries, our honing and polishing process achieves a beautifully uniform finish. To change a completely unfilled surface to a filled one, we basically use the same process, but in this case, we can offer a broader array of design choices, because we are not limited to matching an existing filler.
Refinishing is similar to floating, in that you can restore a finish that is uneven or has become dulled by wear, scratches or other surface damage, or alter the finish entirely if you’re looking for a change of pace. Complete Stone Care and Protection is well versed in the types of finishes possible, as well as experienced in the techniques required to achieve them.
Travertine Grinding / Lippage Removal
Whether you want floor tiles that are flush with grout lines for easier cleaning, or you want a remedy for uneven tiles that can be hazardous (not to mention unattractive), Complete Stone Care and Protection can provide these services, using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology. Once the uneven tiles are leveled (this is called lippage removal), the travertine is honed and polished to the finish of your choice.
Travertine Honing & Polishing
Complete Stone Care and Protection can hone your travertine surfaces to eliminate 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.
Deep Cleaning Soiled Travertine
Unfilled travertine, with its naturally varying surface texture and inherent holes, can be particularly challenging to clean once dirt has had time to accumulate in the hollows and low points. From removing deeply imbedded soiling and stripping away years of buildup of unsightly topical treatments to removing soap film in showers and getting rid of soot on fireplaces, we can resolve a host of other travertine cleaning problems and leave 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
Stains inevitably happen. Whether you’re looking for DIY advice for stain removal or you or want to hand the mess off to us, most stains and discolorations can be resolved.
Before you replace your chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged travertine, talk to us about our expert travertine repair services. Complete Stone Care and Protection 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 Travertine Tiles
It’s rare to find travertine that is damaged so severely it cannot be repaired, but sometimes we encounter a tile that simply must be replaced. Don’t worry, we can handle it. 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. Replacement tiles that are purchased from a different batch may be noticeably different, because travertine is a natural stone, and even tiles from the same quarry with the same designation can vary in color and appearance as time passes and the quarry lines shift.
Ongoing Care of Travertine
For travertine surfaces with high traffic and use, routinely scheduled maintenance services are highly recommended to keep your travertine looking its best. Visit our Caring For It page to see recommended products and download our FREE Stone and Tile Care Guide.