How to Repair Travertine Tile

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How to Repair Travertine Tile
Repair skills are necessary if you have travertine tile. (Marble texture image by Viacheslav Anyakin from

Travertine tiles are popular for home floors, because the tiles are moderately priced and are easy to work with. Travertine is a natural stone product that is very porous, making it easy to cut and to shape, but also making it prone to damage. Thus, it's good for a homeowner to know how to repair damaged tiles.

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper (coarse-grit, medium-grit and fine-grit)
  • Orbital sander
  • Travertine fill
  • Stone sealer
  • Putty knife
  • Water
  • Towels or rags

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  1. 1

    Mix travertine fill powder with water according to the mixing instructions on the container. Follow the mixing instructions on the container exactly.

  2. 2

    Overfill the chipped or damaged areas of the tile slightly, using a putty knife. The overfilling will create a slight mound over the damaged area.

  3. 3

    Sand the filled area of tile, using an orbital sander and coarse-grit sandpaper (under 100-grit). Sand the area with medium-grit sandpaper (between 100- and 200-grit) to sand the area until the grit marks from the coarse-grit sandpaper are gone. Grit marks from the medium paper will be shallower.

  4. 4

    Sand the filled area with the orbital sander and fine-grit sandpaper (above 200-grit). Sand with finer and finer grits until all grit marks have been removed.

  5. 5

    Apply stone sealer with a towel and reapply as needed until you have achieved the desired sheen.

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