Travertine Cleaning & Sealing
Recently I was called on to clean a bathroom that was all done in Travertine. The floors and shower walls were done in the identical stone. The client informed me that when the installers completed their work they sealed the floor and left behind a sticky residue. In addition to the sticky residue the color of the tile appeared to be darker after installation. What happened?
First the tile installers did not test the porosity of the stone. Travertine is a porous stone by design, and the pores on the stone can be altered if the stone has been polished, sanded, or honed. If you look at these make up commercials for women they talk about using make up that has been specifically designed for the type of skin that God has blessed you with. The same can be said of Travertine. You can not assume a "One Size Fits All" mentality when it comes to sealing tile floors.
Second, the installers used a type of sealer that is called an "Impregnator". This type of sealer is used when you want to alter the color of the stone to a darker tone. The only problem is the clients did not want the stone to be darker. Fortunately I was able to remove all of the sticky residue and the impregnator from the floors and walls. I was able to restore the floors back to their original lustre.
Do you have a tile need that you can not solve? Give me a call at (916) 525-2456 and maybe we can solve it together.
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