Surface Master

Travertine Restoration

Surface Master Pty Ltd specializes in restoring Travertine stone tiles, reviving grout, sealing, and resealing. Whether you seek guidance on rejuvenating your worn Travertine tiles or require professional assistance with cleaning and sealing, you’ve come to the right destination

What is Travertine?

Travertine, a type of limestone, is located between marble and limestone in terms of its formation over time. It is produced by mineral springs, hot springs, subterranean rivers, and other water sources. Known for its utilization in the Roman Empire, Travertine is composed of crystallized minerals and limestone, providing a classic and polished look to any space. Whether it’s Italian Roman Travertine or Turkish Ivory Travertine for your floors, or Mexican Durango Travertine for versatile home furnishings, this building material brings both functionality and beauty

Travertine tiles have a unique, fibrous or circular appearance, and can be found in white, tan, and cream shades. This type of tile is created through the rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, which takes place near hot springs or in limestone caves. The stone is durable and has a smooth texture, but is also porous due to gases that escape during its formation. Travertine is widely used for building purposes, particularly in Italy

Travertine is a naturally elegant stone with a smooth, dense texture and a creamy color that gives a sophisticated, old-world charm. It is quarried from extensive deposits found near Rome in Tivoli, Italy, from which it gets its name. The ancient Romans called it lapis tiburtinus, meaning ‘Tibur stone,’ which has been shortened to travertine

Where can you use Travertine?

Travertine tiles are a stunning and durable building material that combines both functionality and beauty. With unmatched strength as a natural stone, Travertine is an excellent choice for flooring and walls, both indoors and outdoors. Its popularity as pavers and around swimming pools attests to its visual appeal. Travertine’s unique, natural look comes from the fact that no two tiles are alike, providing a one-of-a-kind and captivating appearance for your home that will last for generations to come.

Travertine Restoration

Common Surface Finishes for Travertine

Honed Travertine: The tile has a matte finish achieved through sanding.

Tumbled Travertine: The tile is given a rough, aged appearance through tumbling with gravel and bearings. Brushed Travertine: A wire brush is used to give the surface of the tile a textured, worn appearance.

Filled Travertine: The pores in the tile are filled with resin or cement, resulting in a solid surface.

Polished Travertine: The tile is sanded and polished to create a glossy appearance.

Cleaning Travertine Stone

The maintenance and restoration of Travertine tiles should vary based on its finish and sealing status. As a general rule, non-acidic cleaning products should be used and professional cleaning every few years is recommended to enhance their longevity and rejuvenate the appearance after daily use has made them appear worn

Sealing Travertine Tiles

Travertine can be left unpolished, with visible etches and porous holes, some of which may be filled with epoxy. Polishing unfilled Travertine can be challenging as polishing powders can get trapped in the holes and make cleaning difficult. It is important to avoid cleaning it with pressure above 800 PSI and only if the grout is in good condition, due to its softness and filled holes

Protective coatings, known as sealants, form a glossy (or natural) barrier over the surface. These coatings need to be reapplied periodically as they wear off over time. Different types of sealants are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and they vary in their durability, ability to prevent stains, and slip-resistance.

It’s important to note that Travertine, like other calcium-rich stones, is sensitive to acid. Acid can dissolve calcium-rich stones, so it’s crucial to avoid using acidic products on Travertine tiles.

Stripping Travertine Tiles

The sealing on Travertine tiles may need to be stripped and reapplied after a certain amount of time has passed. The frequency of this process depends on the type of sealer used, how it was applied, and how much the tiles are being used or exposed to traffic. This process, called stripping and sealing, typically needs to be done every 2-10 years, depending on various factors such as the sealer type, location of use (indoors or outdoors), and usage intensity.

Acid Etching

Travertine tiles are delicate to certain acidic substances that are commonly found in kitchens such as carbonated drinks, fruit juices, vinegar, and sauces. To preserve their appearance and prevent damage, it is important to promptly clean up any spills and make sure the tiles are properly sealed.

Our Services

Surface Master Pty Ltd provides restoration, sealing, and stripping and sealing services for both residential and commercial properties. Our team is highly skilled, experienced and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of top-quality products.