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Take care with "off the shelf travertine tile cleaners"

You could cause a whole load of problems for you, your floor and your wallet....

A neutral stone cleaner is ideal clean travertine on a daily basis. It is great for cleaning and nourishing your floor to keep it looking beautiful. But travertine is a natural stone, like limestone and marble. It has fine pores and fissures in the surface that can fill up with fine dirt particles. Daily maintenance products are not recommended to clean travertine with dirt that has built up over time in the pores of the tiles and grout.

When you have this kind of deeply ingrained soil, you need the help of specialist heavy duty travertine cleaners

Heavy Duty Cleaners Dissolve Travertine Sealers

Heavy duty stone cleaners are great for surfaces with ingrained dirt, BUT they need to be rinsed off quickly because they contain chemicals that will dissolve sealers,leaving that area of your floor open to attack from spills and stains.

This is why, if you have ingrained soil,  you're always better off using a professional stone cleaning company like Abbey. We know the best cleaners to use and more importantly how to use them.

Travertine comes in a number of different finishes. At ABBEY we have been cleaning, polishing and sealing travertine floors for over 16 years. We have the equipment and experience to transform any travertine floor into a beautiful center piece for any room.

 


Tumbled Travertine

tumbled-travertine-undergoing-restorationTumbled travertine tiles have the natural holes exposed. Tiles can be dull or honed to give the surface a  light sheen.

Tumbled travertine tiles can be really difficult to keep clean, especially if they are not sealed properly, or if the original seal has worn away.

The holes and crevices that make this kind of travertine so beautiful are the major source of disappointment. They trap dust, grease, soil and dirty water from daily mopping. Over time they turn from beautiful features to embarrasing black ugly marks

Aggressive mopping, and using a scrubbing brush will not remove all the soil from the holes and crevices. All it will do is push more dirt and soil into the holes.

Holes can also get bigger as the edges break away or the filler comes out.

But all is not lost, proper cleaning and using the right sealer can make a tumbled travertine floor look beautiful again and much easier to keep clean.

The only way to remove the ingrained is with heavy duty cleaners and specialist cleaning equipment.

First a suitable deep cleaner is applied and this is scrubbed into the stone to release the soil particles into a slurry. Now the issue is removing the dirty slurry. A wet vacuum will remove the slurry from most of the holes, but it can't remove slurry that is trapped in deep holes and small pits. The only way to get at this soil is to use pressurised hot water. Our "clean and capture" equipment sprays hot water onto the stone. This gets into the holes and pits, rinsing out the slurry and soil. Once  the floor is dry it is sealed with a sealer best suited to your situation

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Any kitchen and bathroom countertops will quickly show acidic etch marks liquid hand soap spills

 


Honed Travertine

honed-travertine-flooringHoned travertine tiles have a smooth finish that can have a dull to a high sheen depending on the grade of finish you prefer. Travertine has natural holes and these holes are filled before finishing to give a smooth finish.

Over time you will notice:

  • holes appearing because:
    • there is an existing is a hole just below the surface of the stone.
    • the filling process does not wash out all the fines in the holes, so you often have filler sitting on top of loose sand, giving it a poor foundation.
  • Traffic lanes will start to go dull from foot traffic wearing the surface.
  • Dull etch marks start appearing caused by acidic food and drink spills.
  • Scratches appear from tracked in grit and moving furniture accross the floor
  • strong cleaners will gradually degrade the finish.

We can treat all of these issues by:

  • filling holes with long lasting fillers
  • remove scratches, etch marks and degradaton by honing the floor

Our finishing and protection systems will extend the life of your travertine floors so you can enjoy them for years to come


 

 Travertine Countertops

As well as restoring travertine floors, we also restore countertops, worktops and vanity units. In most cases the travertine suffers from etch marking, causing dull rough spots on the nice shiny surface.

Etching is damage caused by acidic liquids spilling onto the stone. It is surprising how many standard household liquids are acidic for example; tea, coffee, fizzy drinks like colas, fruit juices, vinegar, milk, water rings, hand soaps. Many of these liquids are common in kitchens and bathrooms, exactly where homeowners love to use travertine!

tyravertine-vanity-unit-after travertiene-vanity-unit-beforeThis travertine vanity unit had a large etch mark from water marking and attempts to remove it.

We restores the finish by honing the travertine with honing pads and honing powders. Finally we used polishing powders to restore the beautiful shine.


Grinding Travertine

If your floor is uneven with significant lippage the floor may need to be ground flat before the tiles can be honed or polished to your desired finish.

travertine-tile-floor-immediately-after-grinding1ground-travertine-floor-polishedGrinding honed travertine will remove nearly all of the surface filler revealing the sponge like appearance of the natural stone.

This image on the right is a picture of the beautifully polished travertine floor on the left.

This picture immediately after grinding to remove lippage, shows clearly the extent to which the original filler has been removed, exposing the sponge like appearance of natural travertine.

If a travertine floor is ground, then the holes need to be re-filled. They can be filled with an epoxy filler that will allow a high finish, like the image above or they can be filled with a grout based filler that will remain dull if the floor is subsequently polished.

There is quite a significant cost implication if the floor is filled with an epoxy compared to a grout based filler. The epoxy filler takes much longer to apply finish. So grinding and filling with an epoxy based filler will cost up to 50% more than filling with a grout based filler.


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If your travertine floor has dirty grout and ingrained soil, normal mopping just doesn't cut it.

You need to call a professional Travertine restoration company.

But, it's likely that this is the first time you have had to find help... who do you call... what do you ask... who can you trust?

We have been cleaning and restoring Travertine tile floors for over 20 years and built up an enviable reputation for quality and service.

Get a free no-obligation consultation be a trained and experienced Travertine restoration expert as the first step in cleaning your Travertine floor

review from karen holmesCan't praise Abbey Floor Care highly enough. We can't believe how they transformed our awful (inherited) stone floors into something so lovely. First rate professionalism and a genuinely lovely man. Highly recommend them. Thank you David ( & Christopher) Karen Holmes

We Can Restore All Types Of Travertine

As with many types of natural stone, there are different finishes, needing a different approach to restoration. Here are some examples of the different finishes of Travertine.

 

Restoring Honed Filled Travertine

honed-travertine-flooringHoned travertine tiles have a smooth finish that can have a dull to a high sheen depending on the grade of finish you prefer. Travertine has natural holes and these holes are filled before finishing to give a smooth finish.

Over time you will notice:

  • holes appearing because:
    • there is an existing is a hole just below the surface of the stone.
    • the filling process does not wash out all the fines in the holes, so you often have filler sitting on top of loose sand, giving it a poor foundation.
  • Traffic lanes will start to go dull from foot traffic wearing the surface.
  • Dull etch marks start appearing caused by acidic food and drink spills.
  • Scratches appear from tracked in grit and moving furniture accross the floor
  • strong cleaners will gradually degrade the finish.

We can treat all of these issues by:

  • filling holes with long lasting fillers
  • remove scratches, etch marks and degradaton by honing the floor

Our finishing and protection systems will extend the life of your travertine floors so you can enjoy them for years to come

Travertine Polishing Restoration

 

Polished Travertine can be re-polished just like marble to give a beautiful deep gloss. If the tiles have lost have been heavily filled with grout, then they may remain dull.

However, if they have been filled with an epoxy filler, then the epoxy can be polished to a beautiful finish.

 

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marble cleaning and polishing giving a beautiful finish

This marble was in poor condition. It had lost its deep gloss through surface scratches, blemishes and some light etch mark damage. The polishing started by cleaning the grout with a rotary scrubbing machine and 1,200 grit honing powder

Whilst the floor was poor, there was little lippage, so we didn't need to grind the floor smooth. So the floor was honed using diamond honing tooling. Honing tools range from coarse to fine grit, just like sandpaper for wood finishing.

The floor was then polished using marble polishing powder to transform the shiny surface into a deep, lustrous gloss.Finally, we apply the penetrating impregnating sealer to help protect the finish and make it easier to keep clean.

Honing will remove scuffs and light scratches on the lighter coloured marbles, however, it will not deep scratches, damage or lippage.

Polishing Floors Starting With Deep Grinding

The cost can range from £45+ per square metre, which we call a full restoration.

Originally I had called this section Polishing Tiles In Bad Condition. However, floors that need grinding are not necessarily in "bad" condition. They can be in  good condition, even with a good polish, but these floors suffer from being poorly laid and have "lippage" problems.

Lippage is the term for tiles that are not laid flat, with a height difference between adjacent tiles. The difference in height means that the floor can not be honed, because "honing" diamond tooling can not deal with lippage.

Before the floor can be honed and polished, it needs to be made smooth by grinding the floor to make it smooth, so the tile edges are all the same height.

In general, floors with lippage above 2mm will need to be ground smooth before the floor can be honed and polished.

A floor will also need to be ground if it has deep scratches and damage that can not be removed by honing.

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This marble was in reasonable condition, with light scratches that could have been polished by honing. But there was a lot of lippage over the floor. So the floor needed to be ground smooth.

The photo was taken after a couple of passes. You can still see the edge of a tile that has not been ground, so the floor eventually needed 4 passes to make it smooth and ready for honing.

The photo on the right shows the finished polished floor.

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This black marble was badly scratched plus there was quite a lot of lippage. So the floor had to be ground smooth with 30 grit diamonds before honing and polishing a final shine as shown in the photo on the right.

Make Sure To Hire Professionals

As you can see, marble polishing is a considered investment. It needs experience, training and the right equipment. Mistakes are costly, so getting it right the first time is crucial.

    • For kitchens, bathrooms and closets, we recommend 400 to 800 grit finish. This gives a soft shine that resists showing light scratches and scuff marks.
    • If you want a deeper gloss, then the marble can be honed to a 1,500 grit finish. This gives natural gloss and is better suited to visually high impact floors.
    • Marble comes in a multitude of colours and if you have dark marble, brown marble, grey marble, black marble, then they must be honed to 3,000 grit before the right colour starts to show itself.
    • The floor should be re-polished and sealed on an annual basis
    • The wrong cleaning chemicals will break down the impregnating sealer.

What Causes Dirty Marble?

Now you have an idea of the costs to restore marble, you may be wondering what made your marble floor dull in the first place, especially if you feel that you have looked after your floor.

Many issues can cause a problem for your marble tiles. Common problems are:

  • soil and grit
  • acid spills
  • furniture damage
  • poor installation
  • uneven tiles
  • no sealer
  • the wrong marble sealer
  • cleaning chemicals
  • cleaning equipment
  • not enough cleaning

But you needn't worry because we will carefully explain how your marble has got into its current condition.

Then we can advise you on the different finish options and costs. So you can choose the solution that fits your budget. We always try to suggest a solution that is best suited to your situation.

If you have pets and small children, you may be better off cleaning and polishing your floor to an "acceptable" finish, rather than a high perfect finish.

We will also give you comprehensive advice; covering cleaning chemicals, equipment and methods, so keeps its looks for a long time.

How To Clean Marble Tiles - A Quick Introduction

Once your floor is restored to its original beauty, you will only keep it looking beautiful and shiny if you clean it properly.

That means you need to dry sweep your floors on a daily basis to remove grit and surface soil. Ideally you should also damp mop on a daily basis with specialist marble cleaning chemicals and a microfiber mop. You can find out more here..

The Solution To 3 Common Marble Polishing Problems

Chipped Floor Tiles - Lippage

Chipped tile edges are usually caused by the marble tiles being uneven. We call this lippage. Where the lippge is small, say under 1mm, and then the tiles can be honed flat. In most cases this will remove small chips. Colour matched epoxy filler can repair holes and larger chips.

If the lippage is over 1mm, then the floor will need to be ground to make it smooth. Then the floor can be honed to remove the scratch marks from the grinding. Again any remaining chips can be filled with an epoxy filler,

Dirty Grout

Sometimes the investigation will show dirty grout.  Dirty grout is usually a result of not understanding how to clean marble floors; the importance of using a clean mop and using too much water.

A wet mop will just move surface soil into the grout lines, causing a buildup that is difficult to remove. In these cases, we use specialist chemicals. We can then apply a grout sealer.

The grout will stay cleaner if you damp mop using a microfiber mop system.

Alternatively, we can grind the marble tiles down to the grout. The floor will be smooth and much easier to keep clean.

Take advantage of a free consultation and estimate by a trained and experienced Floor Restoration Expert as the first step in cleaning your marble floor.

If you're looking for an excellent service from a trustworthy tradesman then call Abbey, we will take all your headaches away.

Spots and Stains

Marble  installed in a bathroom, toilet, kitchen or dining room often suffers from ugly etch spots and stains. The majority of food spills contain dyes and have chemicals that can affect marble. Check out our guide to stain identification and removal.

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