Jacksonville Travertine Restoration and Refinishing Services Company
Has your travertine flooring lost its once beautiful luster? With the right restoration and polishing services, you can have your lovely travertine tiles looking brand new.
Call Fabric & Tile Masters of Jacksonville for Expert Travertine Restoration — (904) 221-9550
Travertine is a natural stone formed in calcium rich springs and has characteristic holes that are formed by hot spring water bubbling through the stone. When travertine tiles are being manufactured these holes are filled when the new slab or tile is going through the production line. Many production facilities use epoxy fillers to make the holes even with the tiles.
If you are making a decision to purchase travertine you need to evaluate the stone based on the amount of fill present in the stone. Travertine comes in a matte finish (honed) and a polished finish. These finishes need to be well cared for to maintain their best appearance—they will also need honing to remove scratches and etching that occurs over time.
Travertine tile and floors are a very popular option in Jacksonville and surrounding areas! Truth be told, we see more travertine floors than we do any other natural stone. Travertine floors are more frequently installed in our area than all the other natural stone flooring combined.
Travertine is one of the “softer” stone materials available. Because of its softness, it can be easily scratched and abraded by materials that are harder—such as dirt and debris tracked in from outside, unprotected furniture legs, metal, and hard plastics. Like limestone and marble, it is also highly reactive to acids, even relatively mild ones such as orange juice.
Because of its susceptibility to damage, restoration services are crucial to maintaining the look and feel of your travertine surfaces.
With proper upkeep and maintenance from professional travertine flooring experts, your travertine stone can last you lifetime.
Our Travertine Restoration & Refinishing Process
Grinding — We start by grinding the surface of the stone with a specialized diamond abrasive pad and water to wash away the particles in order to even out gouges in the travertine.
Honing — Honing is the second step of travertine restoration. This is done by smoothing the floor with industrial diamonds, which brings up more shine to your floors. The honing process also remove scratches and stains and will give your surfaces a more uniform appearance. Depending on the level of damage to your floors, this may be all that’s needed to get them back to looking new.
Polishing — This polishing step will give a semi-shine or shining effect to your floors and tiles. Travertine polishing is done by another set of industrial diamonds—these are smaller graded than what we use for honing.
Travertine Polishing Services
In some cases your travertine surfaces may not need a full refinishing or restoration service, and polishing may be just what you need to bring back the luster and shine to your travertine. In those cases we have the ability to provide the best travertine polishing services in the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida region.
The polishing process for travertine starts with an analysis of the stone at hand.
The first thing we address is the degree of lippage in your stone installation. Lippage is the difference in tile height from tile edge to the edge of the adjacent tile. If lippage is within acceptable limits, we can polished your travertine with little or no difficulty.
Unfortunately, on some installations the tiles look like a mini-skyline—like little buildings rising in different heights compared to each other. In these cases, if there is excessive lippage, your floors will have to be ground flat.
Because of the holes in travertine tiles, the fill will be removed during the grinding process. Refinishing a travertine floor with excessive lippage is one of the most involved processes we do in the stone restoration field.
Travertine Polishing without Grinding
Travertine polishing without grinding requires honing cuts to remove scratches and etching.
Our process uses high quality, industrial diamonds to get the polishing process just right. These industrial diamonds come in a variety of forms and they each have a particular —in the hands of a skilled craftsman can polish travertine to a like new “factory” finish.
Contact us at (904) 221-9550 or schedule a consult for an estimate on Travertine Restoration Services!
Here are some easy tips to care for your travertine floors between restoration and polishing treatments:
- Clean up spills immediately. Travertine tile is much more sensitive to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletry products and cleaning products than many other stone surfaces. These acids can etch (dull) the finish or stain the surface.
- Clean travertine surfaces with a sponge or soft cloth. The only cleaning agents you should use are hot water to wipe up crumbs and small messes and a stone cleaner once per day.
- Use coasters and floor protectors to keep surfaces safe from scratches.
- Dust mop your travertine tiles regularly. Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop. Also, mop regularly using a specialized stone floor cleaner. Travertine floors do not need to be wet mopped with a string mop—they should only be damp-mopped with a sponge or microfiber mop, only.
- Use doormats inside and out along with runners and area rugs and remove shoes when entering your home. Dirt, debris and sand carried in by shoes are abrasive and will wear and scratch your travertine floor tiles.
If you need us to look at your floors and give you our thoughts, please call us at (904) 221-9550 or visit us online at www.fabricmasters.com and fill out a request form.