How to Repair Travertine Floor Chips and Cracks
Repair travertine floor chips and cracks yourself and save money. Unlike its installation, travertine floors can easily be repaired and maintained. Travertine is a durable natural rock with exceptional elegance which stands the test of time. However, sometimes cracks may appear in travertine flooring, which can be repaired with perfection, leaving no traces of repair. Follow the simple steps mentioned below to get excellent results that would look like a professional job.
Step 1: Check the Flooring
If you are repairing a single crack, run a quick check of the entire flooring to detect any non-prominent cracks that you can repair alongside. Repairing small cracks would discourage them from opening further and make the repair work less noticeable.
Step 2: Clean the Cracks
Widened cracks serve as a home to dirt, which accumulates in the cracks to escape usual cleaning. Use a scrub brush to scratch out these dirt particles from the depth of the crack. Make sure that while scrubbing, you do not harm the flooring. Unnecessarily scrubbing an undamaged floor will affect the polish finishing of the floor. After scrubbing, use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the dirt particles.
Step 3: Fill in the Cracks
Choose a suitable filling medium like grout, epoxy or tile caulk to fill in the cracks. Travertine comes in a variety of colors, with the more common ones being walnut, gold, beige or ivory. Use a similar color as that of your flooring tiles to mix in the filling medium you choose. The similarity of your tile color with that of your filling medium holds the key to a professional looking repair. The more appropriate the match, the harder it will be to detect repair work once you will be done. Fill the chosen medium in your crack until it kisses the surface. Do not overfill the crack because hardened epoxy or grout will form a bump in your floor once hardened. Use the sponge to clean the mix rising above the floor surface. Secure the area where you’ve just worked by putting hurdles on the floor and allow the filling mix to harden. If anyone mistakenly steps on drying grout or epoxy, their footstep will leave a lasting print on the mixture.
Step 4: Add Finishing Touches
Once the colored epoxy or grout has dried, add some finishing touches to make your repair virtually invisible. Travertine flooring can be finished to give a shiny, matted, brushed or a textured look. Give the filling the same finish to allow it to blend into the whole floor. Make sure there are no gaps left in your filling. Travertine is highly porous, and any liquid dropped on the floor will be absorbed instantly by the floor, which may affect its strength. Therefore, fill any small gaps that appear after drying to completely seal the crack to finish the job completely.