Travertine Cleaning Auburn
For those who love natural stone, a popular choice is travertine floors. Travertine is a calcium based stone which can have many different looks. Sometimes we see more rugged and rustic with welcoming old world charm but we also see it with an elegant high polish. Most often, we see travertine from the factory come with a “semi polish” meaning it’s not highly polished but also not honed (matte finish). Over time travertine can become dull-looking, etched, chipped, or have an accumulation of cleaner residue built up on the surface giving it a false sheen. If any of these are the case don’t replace it! SacSurfacePro specializes in travertine cleaning in Auburn and can restore your floor to make it look like new again.
Filling Holes in Travertine
Out of all the calcium stones, travertine is the most likely to develop holes in the tile surface. There are two types of travertine- filled and unfilled. Unfilled is made to look this way and is more of the rugged, old world look we mentioned above. Even filled travertine will have the factory fill pop out as travertine has naturally occurring holes throughout. The more holes that are present, the harder it is to keep your floor looking clean as these holes will get filled with dirt and it’s almost impossible to remove this without the proper equipment. We can take care of these holes with traverfill which is a concrete based filler made specifically for this type of stone.
Often when travertine cleaning in Auburn we are asked to clean 10 year old travertine floors which have never been professionally cleaned. Most of the time we find residue from cleaner build up creating a false sheen on the surface of the travertine. Once cleaned the look is somewhat changed because the stone has gradually changed to its current state. We can add a little more sheen or make it more honed (soft matte look) depending on your preference.
Another thing we encounter with older travertine which has not been professionally cleaned regularly is surface inconsistency even after we clean the tile and grout. Cleaning will remove the dirt and soil but will not take care of these inconsistencies. We always recommend our clients buff travertine if it has been many years since it has been cleaned. The buffing will remove the inconsistencies (not the the natural occurring mineral changes) and leave you with a more uniform look.
Note: Buffing can remove light etching but will not remove deep etches in the stone. We can remove these but it will require more focused work in these areas.