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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Can You Repair Damage In Your Travertine?


Unfortunately, the porous surface of travertine tiles is prone to scratching and cracking. In it’s natural state, the stone is also riddled with small holes (known as pitting) that can affect the integrity of the stone. If you want to repair any scratches or cracks that your travertine has developed or you want to fill in some of the worse pitting, follow these directions:

Step 1: Apply a floor cleaner to the surface of your travertine tiles. Make sure that any grit or dirt has been removed from the scratches, cracks and pitting. You will need to leave the stone to dry or, if you want to speed to process up, wipe it down with a clean cloth.

Step 2: Take the travertine-coloured epoxy that you picked up from a hardware or stone suppliers dealer  earlier and apply it to the scratches, cracks and pits with a putty knife. Make sure that the epoxy is level with the rest of the stone. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe away the excess epoxy.

Step 3: Leave the floor to dry for at least 24 hours. During this time (and for another 24 hours afterwards) you should avoid walking on or cleaning the travertine as much as possible.

Over the next week, keep an eye on the pitting that you have filled with the epoxy, as it is sometimes known to sink down a little. If this happens with your travertine, simply fill the holes again and allow to dry. Hopefully the epoxy remains level with the rest of your stone after this.

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