Dull, Discolored, Flaking Travertine Finish
The owners of this home in Jamul, CA loved the idea of having beautiful travertine floors, but there were a few challenges to overcome along the way. During the installation process, an unqualified contractor installed the tiles improperly, resulting in lippage (or uneven tiles). In an attempt to correct the problem, this contractor ground the stone to make the floor level, but in the process, he damaged the beautiful finish.
Dissatisfied with the dull, low-sheen finish, the homeowners applied a topical sealer to create a higher gloss and shine on the stone’s surface. At first, the appearance of the floor improved, but with foot traffic and use, the coating became discolored and began flaking, leaving the appearance of this travertine in very poor condition. The homeowners decided enough was enough. They called our stone restoration experts in San Diego, Set In Stone Restoration, to resolve the problems once and for all.
Travertine Stripping, Repairing, Polishing, and Sealing
First, we removed the topical sealer using a stone-safe stripper. To correct the damage caused by the original installers, we honed the travertine using one-twenty, two-twenty, and four-hundred-grit diamond pads, which basically work on stone in the same way that sandpaper smooths wood. We filled the holes in the travertine with epoxy, stained to blend with the surrounding colors. To give the floor a natural, glass-like polish, we used a polishing compound to perform a mechanical polishing process, which achieves a high level of shine without coatings. Once the homeowners were completely satisfied with the high-gloss and clarity of their polished travertine, we finished up with a solvent-based, impregnating sealer.
As you can see, the outcome is impressive. These homeowners were glad that professional restoration gave them the results they wanted.