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How to Repair Travertine Tile

Of all natural stone tiles sold at The Home Depot today, one version can be more susceptible to damage is undoubtedly Travertine

Since it's formed from near or at mineral hot springs, you can get amazing and beautiful subtle patterns in each tile. In fact, a lot of ancient Roman public works were built using this durable and aesthetically pleasing stone.

MS International Castle 18 in. x 18 in. Honed Travertine Floor and Wall Tile (9 sq. ft. / case)

However, sometimes that design can lead to open holes and pits. This may not be an issue on say, a backsplash, but it can seriously hurt someone if its a floor tile.

If you are just starting a travertine tile installation, you'll need to fill in any small divots or holes using sanded grout to match the color of the tile itself. Even small holes can get caught in women's high heeled shoes.

Filling in the holes before the floors are installed is crucial for the floor to operate safely. Even without foot traffic, water and dirt can get under the tile, which can lead to subfloor or wall damage underneath it.

Remember to remove all travertine pieces, even if they are slightly loose. Unless its a large area that can be adhered onto the rest of tile, filling in and cleaning out the holes is key.

Luckily, filling in holes before they are installed are just a matter of installing the sanded grout via a spackling knife. Make sure to pre-seal the tiles before doing this as well before apply it to the floor or wall with mortar or mastic.

But if you have an established floor that was recently damaged and its already installed, consider using a travertine repair kit.

Shown below and linked here, it works for large cracks and holes for tiles that are already stuck to the floors and walls.

The kit has everything you need to repair small damages caused by wear or improper upkeep. For more information on this great kit, click here for it's specifications.

For fully damaged tiles, your best recourse would be to replace rather than repair. Knowing where the travertine was purchased helps. But, you can find similar tiles just by shopping around to find a similar tile.

Any natural stone such as this requires yearly sealing and maintenance to ensure it won't be damaged or cause further issues.

So whether it's new or existing travertine tiles, always inspect them before using them. Failure to do so can lead to bigger issues down the road if left unchecked.

For further tile questions, just let us know.


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Posted 2016-05-23T17:45:33+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL