Dirty Travertine and Cracked Tiles
San Diego homeowners contacted us because their travertine floors needed to be professionally repaired and restored. They wanted us to replace a few cracked tiles. We explained that it would be better to repair the crack and leave the existing tiles in place, because replacement tiles, although they could be matched closely, would not look exactly like the surrounding tiles. In other words, replacement tiles would leave an obvious patch in the floor.
Our Travertine Repair and Restoration Process
First, we used a hand tool to form a slightly larger crack along the original crack, creating enough empty space in the stone to hold the tinted filler material. Once the repair site was dry enough, we honed the entire floor to remove scratches, tiny chips, and any other minor surface damage and polished to restore the finish.
Now, one would have to examine the floor closely to ever know there was a crack there. The homeowners were very pleased with the repair job, as well as the look of the entire floor.
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.