Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Travertine Tile Repair A Simple Guide By Abbey Floor Care

Are you frustrated by holes appearing in your beautiful Travertine Floor?

Have you struggled to fill holes in travertine with epoxy fillers or other kinds of filler, only to find that you can’t make it smooth without damaging the surrounding tile?

dirty holes make travertine tiles look ugly

We will show you a quick and simple way to fill the holes without having to deal with diffcult epoxy and polyester fillers.

Epoxy Fillers are brilliant for filling holes in travertine but you also need to have at hand:

  • grinding equipment
  • some sharp knife blades
  • chemicals to clean epoxy off tiles


most importantly experience in using all the equipment.

Thats fine for professionals such as here at Abbey Floor Care, but if you don’t do this kind of work you can land yourself in a heap of trouble.

Simple Way To Fill Holes in Travertine

travertine looks clean when the holes are filled with grout

We filled these holes with gout – what a result

You will need the following materials and equipment:

  • stainless steel tea spoon (available at azda)
  • disposable plastic breakfast bowl (available at azda)
  • thin protective gloves (packs are available at azda – again!)
  • soft microfiber cloths (packs available from B&Q)
  • small bag of Mapei Fine Grout (to best match the colour of your grout – e.g. Jasmine)
    this is best bought from your local Tile Giant – click here for a tile giant store locator.
    Make sure you ask for FINE or SUPER-FINE Mapei grout, it is much easier work with
  • dry vacuum cleaner

If the hole is dirty, clean it out as best as you can.

Put on a pair of protective gloves

Put one to three tea spoons of grout into the breakfast bowl and mix with a small amount of water so you have a thick custard consistency.

Once the grout has been mixed, leave it for a couple of minutes and then give it a final mix.

Use the teaspoon to fill the hole as best you can and smooth it off with your fingers or use the side of a plastic ruler and tamp the surface.

Leave the hole for ten to twenty minutes for the grout on the surface of the tile to dry ready for removal.

Use one of your dry microfiber cloths and gently wipe over the area, using just enough pressure to release the dried grout from the surface of the tile, but leave the grout in the hole.

Vacuum up the dust from around the hole.

You can make the surface of the grout repair a little smoother by placing a piece of silver foil shiny side down or a clear plastic food bag onto the repair and patting it onto the surface.

Clean your mixing bowl and spoon and store away ready with your bag of grout for the next time.

On the next day remove the plastic or aluminium foil, get a damp cloth and rub the tile around the hole to remove any remaining residue.

Voila – you have made a hard wearing, long lasting repair.

If you would like your travertine tile floor restored to better than new, then call us on 0800 695 0180 or email us for a quick quote.




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