Jun 15, 2015

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Polishing A Travertine: Tips and Steps

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Even if you try to make your travertine tiles sparkly clean as much as you want, even you have the habit of cleaning them regularly on a daily basis, there is no stopping or preventing these being dull in the long run. The many elements in the environment that cause the dullness of the tile is the frequency of its usage, and time itself is a factor which contributes to the deterioration of these tiles. Polishing of these travertine tiles can ensure restoration of its original shine and could barely make them look as good as new.

maxresdefaultThe amount of the tiles’ usage is also a factor to consider on how frequent you should also polish these tiles. Most likely, if your tiles are exposed to constant heavy usage of feet then the ideal frequency for it to be polished might run from six to twelve months, but if your tiles are just used for a sometimes to rarely then you may clean your tiles every once in a while, like every three years or so. In order to polish your travertine tiles surely and effectively, some of the materials that you will need to have very well-polished travertine tiles are the following: a cloth, a 400-grit sandpaper, a 600-grit sandpaper, and an 800-grit sandpaper, and last but not the least, a buffing pad.

First, you use a damp cloth to wipe on the travertine tiles for removal of dirt or any elements. With the 400-grit sandpaper, sand the travertine in a circular movement with your hands, applying just good enough pressure to eliminate a few humps and bumps on the top of the travertine, then wipe with the cloth. With the 600-grit, using the same motions as above, carefully finish off what the 400-grit failed to remove, to give the travertine a bit of shine. With the 800-grit, finish off the sanding of the travertine for a more smooth surface. Lastly, use the buffing pad for the finishing touch, overall providing that sparkly shines to your travertine.

photo-(5)For the travertine tiles used on countertops and on the walls, however, a 1200-grit sandpaper is another option to provide that extra shine to the tiles. One thing you must bear in mind though is that a 1200-grit sandpaper could make the floor tiles very slippery so this is not very advisable for the floor travertine. A tip to be aware of is, while polishing your travertine tiles, you should not apply more than enough pressure when sanding the tiles. Also, for your buffing pad, never use any buffing compounds when buffing your travertine as these will certain eat the stone of your travertine.

If your tiles are already damage, as much as possible, don’t try to polish your travertine alone as this might cause more harm and no good to your travertine. Have an expert take a look at your travertine and have them polish it. So here you go, these are some of the tips on how to polish your travertine tiles as easy as that. No fuss, no hassles, except if your travertine tiles are damaged though.

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Jun 15, 2015

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Perfect Care Tips For Your Travertine Flooring

 

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Travertine stone flooring is a very valuable material used in modern houses derived from the ancient times of architecture, the very reason why you must take a perfect care and maintenance to your travertine flooring. Travertine floors may be easily recognized by the small holes they naturally have, so this really requires you to have the sealing, polishing grinding and scrubbing in order for your floor not to get totally rough as its natural texture. Yet these things may damage your travertine flooring once done incorrectly. The following will be your guidelines for maintaining your travertine flooring.

It needs daily TLC

stoneAt least have a surface cleaning every day or your travertine floor to be maintained in good condition. A simple vacuum and dusting may prevent the build ups that are sooner hard to be removed. As much as possible, free your floor from any kinds of debris that are foreign and even parts of the floor itself when you do the scrubbing.

How frequent should I wash the floor with water?

Washing will go at least once a month so that your travertine flooring will not overly exposed with water for this may react. As much as possible, use warm water, soapy with a mild and delicate soap. Never ever dare using an aggressive and acidic type of cleaners for these may cause permanent damage with your flooring. There are a lot in the market when it comes to marble cleaners, best use them for they have the right formula to never get your travertine irritated.

Always be gentle when it comes to scrubbing the dirt with wet substances, as much as possible, evenly stroke the cleaner without any pressure applied. Make sure that after done wiping, leave the floor perfectly dry and never allow someone to step on it for almost 24 hours so that the softened surface will never leave marks.

Do the Sealing Annually.

Cleaning-Travertine-Floor-Tiles-in-Havant-Finsished-32-3Sealing may be done just annually. As you will see, the water will sink and get absorbed by the travertine floor once it has been a long time since you never did any sealing. That’s the perfect time for you to have the sealing right away before any damage is done. Of course, use the right type of stone sealer especially made for travertine. The damage will depend with the traffic on the floor yet that would be best for you if you have the sealing all throughout the floor.

This is how you do the perfect care for your travertine floors so that you can have a long lasting service and aesthetic effect on your floor that you and your family will really love. Proper maintenance of the travertine floor may save you from getting them restored regularly that will require a large amount of money. So, take good care of your travertine floor and that will take care of your home appeal. Remember, always be gentle when doing every single step you take.

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Jun 15, 2015

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Myths Answered By Facts When It Comes To Travertine Sealing

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Cleaning and sealing a travertine floor requires you to be as gentle and meticulous as you can, for this is stone flooring that may react with the chemicals and simple substances once done improperly. The following are the mythical questions and beliefs when it comes to sealing the travertine floor answered by facts to erase all the doubts and to avoid chances of ruining your travertine floor. Find out what you don’t know about the travertine sealing.

What is happening when there is found streaky haze or cloudy appearance with the travertine floor?

Farnham-Travertine-Floor-Finished-4The possible answer comes with two different causes and factors, first, this has to do with your sealer that was probably left not totally dried after sealing, the haze may be a dried residue of the sealer that may be scattered and scratched by those who pass by.

Is every stone flooring needs to be sealed?

This myth is a false one. Not all kinds of stone flooring are needed to be sealed, unlike your travertine floor. Some stones may have their natural low absorbency when sealer is applied, that is almost impossible for those kinds of stones to absorb the sealer, so you better conduct a research first when regards to your flooring right before you seal it with any kind of stone sealing so that you will never end up wasting your money and time.

Some may stain and some may have the liquid evaporated so there will be no need for you to seal them anymore.

So, some travertine will no longer need to be sealed?

all-165Absolutely! The best thing for you to identify whether your kind of travertine may be sealed or not is through its absorbency, the reason why when it comes to sealing procedure, you will be required to put some drops of water on the floor and see if it absorbs them before you do the sealing.

The same thing goes when you already have the polished travertine, there will be longer need for you to seal the polished one, this may just ruin everything.

How will the haze and cloudy surface be removed on my travertine floor?

There are two different types of sealer, the solvent borne and the waterborne; these two require a different method of removal. The solvent borne is the easiest sealer to remove; you may just use any kinds of solvents such as the acetone. If not effective, switch to the methylene chloride.

Note: If the above information didn’t explain the reason why you have that hazy and cloudy travertine floor, the problem may go with the type of coating that you have used on your floor. The type of typical coating that instead of getting absorbed is actually leaving a film like coat that is absolutely not right for a travertine floor so it would be best for you to ask the manufacturer of the coating or the travertine floors to understand the things fully.

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Jun 15, 2015

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DIY Maintenance Steps Of Travertine Floors

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Travertine floor is a home treasure not just with the aesthetic effect it provides yet this is one of the best investments you can have for your home. This has an undeniably higher value than any other usual flooring material that gives your home an elegant ambiance for this is made by limestone. Cleaning it will not do the best for its maintenance, so for you to be able to know how to maintain the best quality of your travertine flooring, try to consider the following:

Do the sealing process first

travertine-installationUnlike any other floors that will only require you to sweep and finish, travertine is a special kind of floor that will require you a certain kind of care such as the sealing process. Put some sealer right after the installation of the floors, do the surface cleaning first and choose the right stone sealer for you to use.

Next is the Initial Cleaning

After the sealing process, you are now going to be cleaning the sealed floor with the right floor cleaner, clean the surface and remove all the dust and liquid substances that are present on the floor. Make sure that you are using a push broom yet with soft bristles and when it comes with the use of dust pan, use the one that has a rubber edge so that this will never damage the floor.

Now you do the scrubbing

lark1.JPG.w560h420Scrub the travertine floor as gentle as you can avoid it getting damaged. If you will do the scrubbing manually, it would be best for you to use the terrycloth instead of using the scourging pad or brush. Use a detergent powder that I well mixed with water and dip the cloth then wipe the floor evenly with one direction as possible. Now, get the excess water after rinsing with a mop.

Time to polish!

Keep the floor form scratches through polishing. This will require you various steps and to start with, you must use a 120 grit pad for you to recognize the scratches through feeling them. Some scratches are visible yet best for you to mark them. When you noticed that you are dealing with hard to remove scratches, time for you to switch the grit into its highest type. Just keep on polishing until the scratch can no longer be felt or seen. Then when it is all done, brush all the dirt away, wipe out the dirt with sponge dipped with soapy water. Rinse the area with some clean and lukewarm water then wipe it with clean cloth.

These are the steps for you to consider in maintaining the quality of your travertine flooring. You may also search for the different type of stone cleaner and sealer as to what color and texture you already have with your travertine floor in order for you to match the materials correctly that will never stain or damage the floor. Grab all these things now and do the cleaning yourself.

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