Honing Travertine Floors
Honing Travertine Floors – Travertine is a limestone material that is quarried from the earth. It is cut into tiles which may be used for floors or walls. Because some travertine tiles are very porous, they may need to be filled with a material that fills in any holes that may be on the surface of the tiles. This is usually done at the factory. In older floors sometimes holes develop but they can be easily filled and will blend in with the rest of the tile.
Travertine tiles maybe honed at the factory but it is not uncommon for the tiles to be installed without being honed or polished. Some customers leave them unpolished while others prefer varying levels of shine. That is a great thing about thing about travertine floors you can leave them with a satin finish or have them polished to a mirror like shine.
The installation of stone floors can be tricky if not done properly because the tiles may vary in thickness. Great care must be taken to make sure the tiles are laid flat. If not, lippage will be a problem which is when one side of the tile is higher than the adjacent tile. This situation can be corrected but requires more steps than if the floor is correctly installed. Sometimes travertine is laid using a product called thinset which is like a cement material that bonds to the bottom of the tile and the floor.
Honing travertine floors is a process where the stone is wet sanded using different levels of diamond impregnated pads. Dependent on what we are trying to accomplish, we start with a coarse level of pads and move to finer levels until the floor is at a level that can then be polished. The higher the level of diamond pads the finer the finish of the surface of the tile and the higher the level of the shine. A 200 grit hone will produce a satin shine. If we were to shine a floor to a high shine depending on the condition of the stone we might hone the floor using 200, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,000 grit pads followed by a polish that will leave a very high shine. The polish that we use is a mild acid base granular mixture that when used under a special pad driven by a weighted machine produces a hard beautiful shine.
Many customers love travertine floors for their varied appearance. They are easy to maintain by just sweeping and damp mopping using a ph neutral floor cleaner. They can be scratched if something is drug across the tiles but they can be repaired. They are installed using a grout material that fills in the void between tiles but if the grout becomes dirty it can be cleaned using a high ph cleaner and bush followed by a rinsing procedure. When we clean travertine floors we apply a high ph solution that is scrubbed into the tile using a rotary machine with a brush. We use a high pressure hot water extractor to rinse the thoroughly rinse the floor and it really comes out clean.
In my opinion travertine floors are such a great choice for many environments because they are great looking, durable, repairable and easy to maintain. Regular maintenance will keep your floors looking great for many years to come.
For Professional Travertine Floor Honing – Call AFC Floor Care today. Tampa, St. Pete, & Clearwater.