Restoring the look of Travertine tiles

I was recently asked to pop over to a large house on the Wynyard estate near Wolviston where a customer with a beautiful Travertine Tiled Kitchen floor needed some help to put the shine back on their tiles.

It seems their cleaner had been using the wrong cleaning product on the tiles and it being mildly acidic had started to dull the lustre. Naturally I can’t name the product in this post but you do see it advertised on TV quite a lot and if you read the label at the back it clearly states for use on Ceramic tiles and unfortunately will eat into the sealer with frequent use and will eventually cause holes to appear in natural stone.

Travertine Tile in Wynyard Before

Cleaning Travertine Tile

To restore the shine I first give the floor a quick clean with Neutral Cleaner to remove any debris that might get trapped under the rotary machine and scratch the floor, Neutral Cleaner is a frequent use cleaning product designed for use on sealed stone.

The next step was to burnish the floor using the diamond encrusted burnishing pad system starting with the red pad and water to clean the tiles and remove any topical sealers that may have been present. This was continued with the white and yellow pads using nothing but water and then with a stiff grout cleaning brush and a weak solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean along the grout lines to make sure all the grout was thoroughly cleaned. The last step of the cleaning process was to rinse the floor of any dirt picked up by the pads and then when the floor was dry I used a green polishing pad to add more shine to the floor.

Sealing Travertine Tile

To protect the travertine it was sealed using a single coat of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is an impregnating sealer that brings out the natural colour in stone and in this case it definitely brought up the brown shades in the travertine tile. Once it was all dry again I buffed it up again using a soft white buffing pad.

Travertine Tile in Wynyard After

We maintain all types of tiled floors from Ceramic and Porcelain through to Marble, Terracotta and Travertine so if you live in the Teesside and surrounding areas do get in touch for a free evaluation of your floor.
Source: Residential and Commercial Tile Cleaning in Teesside

Deep Cleaning Dirty Travertine Kitchen Tiles

This Travertine tiled kitchen floor in Ottershaw, Surrey, was in need of a deep clean, strip out the old sealer and re-seal to ensure easy maintenance in the future. Being a high traffic area the tiles had accumulated a high amount of soil over the years. There was also marking from breakfast stools which are visible in the picture.

Travertine Tiled Kitchen Ottershaw Before Cleaning Travertine Tiled Kitchen Ottershaw Before Cleaning

Firstly, I rotary machine scrubbed the floor using Tile Doctor Pro-Clean high alkaline cleaner. This broke down the soil and released it along with the remaining old sealer which was then pressure rinsed to ensure all of the dirt was removed from the pores. Following this, I used diamond encrusted burnishing pads to cut back through the stone and remove the marks from the chairs and fine scratches. After restoring the surface to a satin finish with the finer pads, the floor was left to dry out.

Cleaning Travertine Tiles

I gave the floor a scrub with Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is a strong alkaline tile cleaning product safe to use on Tile, Stone and Grout, this was mopped onto the floor and then scrubbed in using a rotary machine; grout lines were done by hand using a stiff scrubbing brush.

This broke down the soil releasing it along with the old sealer and the tiles then pressure rinsed to ensure all the dirt was removed from the pores of the tile.

In order to remove stubborn marks, fine scratches and finish the floor was cut back and re-polished using a set of diamond abrasive burnishing pads fitted to a heavy rotary machine. You start with the coarse pad which cuts through the stone and removes any remaining old sealer and soil and then smooth off the surface ready to receive a new seal using the medium, fine and extra fine pads until a highly polished finish is achieved.

Sealing Travertine Tiles

The floor was then left for twenty four hours to allow it to dry and then I returned to seal the Travertine and Grout using two coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow. This is an impregnating sealer that repels liquid and soil so contaminates cannot become ingrained in the stone making it easier to clean in the future. As you can see from the pictures, it transformed the look of the floor and brightened up the kitchen.

Travertine Tiled Kitchen Ottershaw After Cleaning Travertine Tiled Kitchen Ottershaw After Cleaning

Source: Residential and Commercial Tiled Floor Restoration in Middlesex