Do It Yourself Travertine Repair
The first time you see travertine, you may think to yourself, “What is eating away that stone?” This thought may spring to mind because of the physical appearance of travertine. It’s distinctive pores are a mark of its unique look. Additionally, it is excellent for home designs that have a rustic feel.
Looking at that image, you may notice that there are very distinctive pores that are clearly visible. When travertine goes from nature to your home, it undergoes processing. During this process, the pores in the stone get filled so that it looks and feels smooth. After some time, the filler in the pores can erode and leave them empty. In these cases, the surface is left with a “hole” that is no longer filled. How to correct this issue is the subject of this article.
Easily Fill Holes In Travertine
Filling holes in travertine is easily accomplished by using a product designed for this task. Travertine filler is available in four standard colors and other colors are available upon request. The three basic colors that you can get via the Lustro Italiano website include:
The image below shows a piece of travertine that has been filled with a filler that is somewhat complimentary of the stone’s color. As you can see, the filled holes continue to project the same rustic look, however, the void has been filled with a material that is very hard. As a result, the stone is strengthened so the stone will last longer than it might if it had not been filled.
You may be wondering how hard it is to fill holes in travertine. It really is not that difficult at all if you have only a ew holes that need to be filled. An entire floor would be another story, but if you are spot filling then the process is as simple as:
- Clean the area you are going to fill using denatured alcohol.
- If you have a coloring paste add it to the filler to get the color you want.
- Mix the catalyst with the glue at a ratio of 2-3:100 (2-3 parts of catalyst per 100 parts of glue) in weight.
- Stir the mixture vigorously until thoroughly combined.
- Apply to the area to be filled using a slight excess to allow for shrinkage.
- Allow the filler to dry completely.
- Cut excess filler off stone with razor blade and remove trace filler with acetone.
In reality, the last step there may not be necessary depending on the surface that you are working with.
Travertine Crack Repair
Another imperfection that some people would like to correct on their own is travertine cracks. This can occur if the stone has not been filled on the back (or under) side of the tile before it is put in place. Repairing a crack in your travertine is much the same as filling a hole. Differences include:
- Shape of the Space Being Filled
- Tool Being Used to Fill the Space
Since cracks are often times narrower than a hole and are thinner, you may need to use a razor blade to spread the travertine filler evenly inside the crack. However, for wider cracks, a standard putty knife might be sufficient.
Whether you have a hole that needs filled in your travertine or you are working on repairing a cracked tile yourself it is good too have travertine filler on hand. If you have the filler on hand, it cuts down your response time should you discover a crack, chip, or hole in your travetine floor tile.