This homeowner in Rancho Santa Fe called to say his gold travertine had darkened over time and wanted the stone returned to the way it looked when it was first installed. Travertine does have a tendency to darken as its iron compounds mix with oxygen. It can also show dark spots from ground-in dirt.
To restore this travertine floor, our technicians gave it a light honing, revealing the lighter stone underneath the darkened surface. Once we cleaned the floor and it was re-sealed, it looked as good as new, as is evident in the AFTER image.
For more information about travertine restoration, such as etch removal, lippage removal (leveling uneven tiles), crack and chip repair, stain removal, sealing, filling naturally-occurring travertine holes, as well as honed, slightly polished, or high-gloss polished finish, watch one or more of these short videos: Floating Travertine, Travertine Strip, Hone, and Repolish, and Travertine Repair, Restoration, and Polishing or visit our Travertine Services page.