How to care for travertine tile

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How to care for travertine tile
Use travertine stone tiles on walls or floors. (John Kelly/iStock/Getty Images)

Travertine is a beautiful choice for kitchen and bathroom tiles, and it can be used anywhere else in your house. Travertine is a natural stone available in a wide range of patterns and colours, so you'll find a style that goes with almost any indoor colour scheme. Travertine does require special care to prevent damage and keep the tiles looking smart.

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Things you need

  • Tile sealant
  • Epoxy resin or grout

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  1. 1

    Ask the tile installer if he routinely seals the tiles as part of installation. Seal your travertine as soon as it is installed if the installer does not. Buy any commercially available tile sealant and follow the manufacturer's directions.

  2. 2

    Reseal the tile any time a tile begins to show wear. Once a year will usually suffice, unless the travertine is in a high-traffic area.

  3. 3

    Notice any swirls that appear in the surface of the tile. Reseal uneven tile sealer, if this is what is causing the swirls. Have the surface of swirled tiles honed if poorly cut areas are causing the problem.

  4. 4

    Coat tiles affected with swirls with a pigmented epoxy that matches the tile colour. Use a pigmented tile filler if the swirls are harder to fix.

  5. 5

    Watch for holes appearing in your travertine, since all travertine tiles start with holes that are filled in before they are delivered. Refill each hole as it appears. Fill each hole with an epoxy resin, a tile filler or grout before it gets larger, which will make the hole more difficult to fix. Match the colour of the filler to make the holes less obvious.

  6. 6

    Seal the filled areas. Polish the tile surface regularly with a microfibre cloth.

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