Has your travertine flooring turned dull and lacklustre? In spite of regular cleaning, this natural stone is prone to damage in a few years if not cleaned and maintained properly. Travertine floorings, countertops and showers become dull over time due to a number of factors such as staining, mold formation, chipping, etching and age-related woes. D'Sapone® – one of the leading stone restoration service providers in the US offers exquisite travertine floor cleaning, repairing, sealing and polishing services with a 5 year labor warranty.
But, before you read about the efficient stone restoration procedures offered by D'Sapone®, you need to know the common issues with travertine stone, so that you understand the procedures well.
Common Problems with Travertine Stone:
- Travertine, being a natural stone is highly porous. The stone sponges up all kinds of liquids, even the dirty mop water, leading to moisture at the root level. This moisture further leads to mold and mildew breeding.
- Mold and mildew have a kind of love affair with dampness and are quick to breed in any place that is left damp for some time. Once they begin to develop, they not only ruin the aesthetics of the surface with their greenish black reside, but they also reek of a bad odor. Moreover, mold and mildew also cause health hazards such as respiratory problems and eye infections.
- This natural stone also chips off easily due to heavy impact. These not only look unsightly, but also collect water in the holes and crevices, leading to mold development. The sharp edges of the stone can hurt anyone walking bare feet.
- Acidic cleaners also cause etching on the stone surface. This etching can be removed only by polishing the travertine floor.
To prevent these issues and to preserve your travertine stone right from the start, it is essential that it is maintained properly. A little knowledge about the necessary procedures that are required can help you hire the best professional service and stay away from low-quality service providers.
Professional Travertine Floor Cleaning and Polishing Services Offered by D'Sapone®:
Travertine Floor Cleaning with a Penetrating Cleaner:
When D'Sapone® artists clean travertine, they tackle the dense and stubborn stains formed due to food and beverage spills, soaps and shampoo spills and hard water. They also remove mold and mildew to reveal a thoroughly hygienic and sanitized surface. They do not only clean the travertine floor, but also disinfect, prep and sanitize the stone with an exquisite travertine cleaning process. Our stone cleaning process is performed using an incredible travertine floor cleaner – Imperia Deep Clean, penetrating deep into travertine while removing all the stains, mold, mildew and previous sealers from the root.
There are many travertine tile cleaning companies that do not have access to high-quality products or techniques that can thoroughly clean the stone without causing any etching or damage. Most companies use regular cleaners that ruin the lustre of the surface. D'Sapone® uses high quality products for hard surface cleaning, sealing and repairing. D'Sapone® has an exclusive partnership with pFOkUS® – one of the leading stone restoration products manufacturing companies in the US, to use their products in the areas we service. Together, both the companies are providing the best restoration possibilities to the customers.
Polishing Travertine with an Exquisite product:
Once the stone has been thoroughly cleaned, D'Sapone® offers to seal the surface to prevent re-staining. If your tile has lost its lustre and sheen or, if there are etch marks, then D'Sapone®’s travertine tile polishing service can renew it just like new and remove all the etch marks. Our patented travertine floor polishing process will restore your travertine tile like it was at the beginning. We polish the surface using Merano, imparting a brilliant sheen and lustre that your stone had when it was newly installed.
Other Services Offered by D'Sapone® for Travertine:
D'Sapone® recommends travertine grout repairing and sealing and travertine tile sealing before performing polishing services.
Repairing Travertine and Grout Cracks Instead of Replacing:
Cracks in grout usually develop if the installation procedure was not correct or if the grout quality was not good. Sometimes, too much moisture penetration can also weaken the grout. Travertine tile may also crack due to heavy impact, leading to holes and crevices on the surface.
Many contractors suggest you to get an extra tile for replacement in case of a crack. For cracked grout, they suggest regrouting. But, we offer easier and permanent fixes. We repair cracks in the tile and grout using Sentura – a two part pigmented solvent based flexible epoxy/resin designed with a 1200psi adhesion that never pops out and protects your surface for a lifetime. Our artists color match the product with the surface and deliver a natural and beautiful look to the tile and grout.
Providing Titanium Protection to the Grout:
It is also very important to seal the grout to make it waterproof. Unsealed grout will develop mold and stains again. Furthermore, if you seal the tile without sealing the grout, then the moisture present in the grout will quickly cause mold breeding, giving a hazy appearance beneath the tile sealant.
No matter how clean your stone is, it will look worse within months if the right grout sealing process is not performed. D'Sapone® artists waterproof all the grout lines while applying Caponi® – a 2 part pigmented titanium solvent epoxy/resin. It closes all the grout pores and prevents it from allowing the passage of liquids. D'Sapone® can pigment it in over 40 colors to suit your requirement.
Sealing Travertine Using a Clear Resin Sealer:
After travertine floor cleaning, you cannot guarantee that stains will not occur again. We perform traversing floor sealing with Celine – a clear topical solvent based sealer, preventing the occurrence of stains and mold. We waterproof the travertine floor by creating a hydrophobic layer on the stone, making the water sheet off the surface and not settle.
Perfectly cleaned, Sealed and polished travertine floor also gets superficial stains and dust. We recommend you to use tile and grout maintenance cleaners from pFOkUS® – Imperia Maintenance or Valore Maintenance. Both act as fresh cleaners and remove all the grime, superficial stains and dust accumulating on the surface, to reveal a sparkling, fresh and clean surface behind. These Maintenance Cleaners make your weekly maintenance jobs easier. If you want to do it yourself, you can buy products from pFOkUS® and go through their guidelines to restore your travertine floor.