Going Green: How to Fix a Crack in a Travertine Shower Going Green: How to Fix a Crack in a Travertine Shower
A Travertine shower is a popular choice for bathrooms. Because this material contains some pits and small holes normally, it is not uncommon to find cracks over time. These cracks are a simple fix for any weekend do-it-yourselfer. Follow these simple steps for how to fix a crack in a travertine shower.
Step 1 - Cleaning
Clean the entire cracked area with a mild soap and water. Rinse with clear water until there is no soap reside left. Dry the area thoroughly with a towel, and then using a hair dryer or heat gun, continue drying the area for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe the entire area to remove any chipped material and dust. Vacuum the crack thoroughly using a shop vacuum.
Step 2 - Caulking
Using a caulking gun, apply enough colored tile caulk to the crack to fill it up. Use a large, damp sea sponge to wipe off any access caulking material from the stone.
Step 3 - Finishing Up
If you are unsure what color tile caulk to use for this project, bring in a sample of the travertine to your local home improvement center so it can be matched by a tile specialist. In some cases, colored tile caulk is set up right next to the tile it matches for easy purchasing and fixing.