The Travertine Patch is a mortar-based fill that can be applied to holes in tiles where it becomes loose or missing over time. This product and procedure is targeted to the do-it-yourselfer that own travertine and are missing fill that needs replacement.
When we refinish travertine, I use abrasive disks or honing powder to remove scratches and bring the tiles/counters to the proper finish the customer desires. During this process we apply the same travertine patch we mention in this article.
As travertine is formed along creek beds and springs, holes form in the stone. This is true for travertine and saturnia, the cross cut travertine. During the manufacturing process, the holes on tiles or slabs are filled with a resin or mortar. Sometimes they are left unfilled, or are filled during the installation. Some travertine have fewer holes, other have large areas of holes.
Over time, especially in kitchen and other high traffic areas, the fill becomes loose and the unsightly holes appear. These holes need to be filled for several reasons. Trip hazards, unsightly appearance and a new way for water to find its way to the back of the tile, are all reasons to refill the tile with a product that will patch the tile.
The process of filling the holes is rather easy, and within the capability of the end user. First we start with a product that is the correct color and consistency that is easy to mix. You also need a product that will set up and be easy for the “do it yourselfer” to apply.
This product should be able to withstand normal foot traffic and daily maintenance procedures. It should also not be noticeable, and should blend with the travertine.
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