Re-honing travertine


Old 08-08-11, 11:17 AM
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Re-honing travertine

Hey folks,

I have travertine floors throughout the downstairs of my house (appx 2k sq ft) that is looking a little shabby. I found this article on re-honing it and it seems simple enough. I just have a couple of questions that, hopefully, y'all can answer.

1) The article mentions that a 'floor machine' is required. I have one of these - will that work, or do I need something burlier?

2) Recommended products to use?
* For the 'Tile Sealer', I have the Dupont product that they sell at Lowes. Is there something better?
* Any recommended products for the sanding/grinding discs? How about sources for the products?
I think that's it for immediate questions, but I'm sure I'll come up with more. Thanks in advance for any input you can provide!
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Old 08-08-11, 12:06 PM
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Every time I've seen that kind of work being done...they use a much larger slow speed buffer/polisher. You could probably rent one...but they take a certain amount of practice and skill to use w/o getting swirl lines, gouges, and such.

Buying the pads and renting could run several hundred dollars. You probably don't really need a re-hone...but just a polish. Rehoning is something you normally see done in commercial buildings after lots of foot traffic.

JMO...not a flooring specialist....I've just seen it done.
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I can certainly handle that since, at least to my amateur ears/eyes, polishing sounds like less work than re-honing. Thank you!

I do wish the floor experts would chime in, though. Apparently I'm scary, or something, as they never seem to respond to my threads. *sniff*

My floor scrubber came with some lambswool buffing pads. Do you think a pass or three with those might brighten up the floor a bit? Is there a buffing compound of some sort that should be used?

I slapped a polishing disc on my random orbital and experimented with a dry pad on a piece of tile that needs to be replaced, and it seemed to help a bit, but... I don't want to do anything to ruin the floor!
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