How to remove scratches from travertine

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Travertine is a stone often used for floors. Some prefer using the stone in a natural form with a tumbled look; others like a polished look to the stone. Like any flooring material, travertine becomes scratched from everyday use. Shoe and boot heels, children's toys, vacuum cleaners, dustbins and other objects can put scratches on your travertine. You can remove scratches from travertine with medium- to fine-grit diamond polishing pads and a little effort.

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Things you need

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • Towel
  • 120-grit diamond polishing pad
  • 200-grit diamond polishing pad
  • 300-grit diamond polishing pad
  • 400-grit diamond polishing pad

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  1. 1

    Mix one-eighth cup dishwashing soap and warm water in a bucket. Scrub the scratch and the area around it with a sponge. Make sure to remove all traces of dirt and debris from the scratch. Dry the scratch with a towel.

  2. 2

    Test the 120-grit diamond polishing pad on an inconspicuous area of the travertine. According to Kevin Hayes of Imperial Flooring in Imperial, Missouri, make sure it will work to remove the scratches without damaging the floor.

  3. 3

    Feel the scratched area. According to Hayes, if you can feel the scratch, you should start sanding it with a 120-grit diamond polishing pad. If it is a surface scratch that you can see but not feel, begin with the 200-grit pad.

  4. 4

    Sand around the scratch and especially inside its edges in a back-and-forth motion. According to Hayes, you should smooth it until it is even with the rest of the floor.

  5. 5

    Switch to the 300-grit diamond polishing pad, and continue to sand. According to Hayes, you should use a circular motion to blend what remains of the scratch with the rest of the Travertine. Change to the 400-grit pad and then to the 800-grit diamond polishing pad to finish buffing and smoothing the scratch.

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