Going Green: How to Fill and Seal Cracked Travertine Floor Tile Going Green: How to Fill and Seal Cracked Travertine Floor Tile

What You'll Need
Flat head screwdriver
Eco bond sealer
Foam paint brush
Magnifying glass
Paint (match the color of your tile)
Thin paint brush

Travertine is a natural stone that is porous in nature and typically used for Travertine floor tiles. This stone is filled with holes of varying sizes. Travertine is formed in hot springs and the holes are made by the escaping steam as the stones are formed. Travertine tile flooring creates an  interesting look for you, but unfortunately it is somewhat brittle which makes it prone to cracks. Typically sealant for tiles such as Travertine stone is composed of environmentally harmful sillicone. In this article we're going to cover how to fill and seal cracks in Travertine tile without causing any harm to the environment.

Step 1 - Identify your Cracks

If the cracks that you're looking for in your tile aren't blatantly obvious than you're going to want to identify the hairline cracks with a magnifying glass. Make sure that you have good lighting when you're doing this otherwise you won't be able to see every single one of the cracks and you'll have to go back over them.

Step 2 - Widen the Cracks

Widening the cracks that are already day may sound like a counter intuitive idea, but it's simply easier to work with a larger crack than a hairline one. If you're working with a hairline crack you're not going to be able to seal it. Take your flat head screw driver and widen all of the cracks that you identified. Wide enough to pour the sealant into but not so wide that the sealant won't hold them together.

Step 3 - Pour your sealant

This is where you use your Eco-bond sealant. Unlike other harmful sealants Eco-bond is water based and does not contain environmentally harmful materials. This makes it the perfect sealant for just about any job. Pour your sealant into the cracks that you widened in the previous step. Once you've filled the cracks entirely be sure to push the cracked areas together. After you've pushed them together then scrape off the run-off. You want to make sure to scrape off this run-off before it dries because if it dries in this state you're going to have dried run-off that will cause a problem for your tile later on and simply look tacky.

Step 4 - Touch it Up

After you have the run-off scraped up then it's time to touch up your tile otherwise you're going to have mismatched marks on your tile. This is where you use your  matching paint. Wait for your Eco-bond sealant to dry and then paint over the cracked areas that you sealed. Finally, wait for your paint to dry. Once it's dried make sure that your coating is even and matches. If not, do a simple touch-up. Be sure to use a very thin coat as using to think of a coat on this will leave you with unsightly run-off.

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