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How to Repair Travertine Floor Tile in a Kitchen

Updated July 20, 2017

Repairing travertine floor tiles in your kitchen can be done quickly. Inevitably, your kitchen floor will become damaged over time. Pets, furniture and general use will take its toll on the floors of your home, especially in the kitchen since this is probably this is probably the most used room in the home. Using travertine tiles on for your kitchen floor is a good choice, because you do not need to be an expert to repair these tiles.

Find the damaged spot on the travertine tiles. Mix the travertine fill powder with water to create a paste.

Use the putty knife to fill the damaged spot with fill. Allow the travertine fill to dry and set fully. The instructions which come with the travertine fill will clearly state the time which is needed for the fill to set properly.

Sand the area which was repaired using an orbital sander on low speed, or with a fine grit sandpaper by hand. Sand the area until the surface of the repair patch is even with the surface of the tile.

Using a rag, apply the sealer to the area. Continue to apply the sealer to the area until the shine of the patch matches the shine of the rest of the floor.

Tip

Travertine is soft and will sand down quickly, so make sure to use an orbital sander with a low speed option. If you don't have one available, sand by hand. When sanding the floor do not use any sandpaper with a grit more coarse than 220-grit. Floor strippers are available if you choose to strip the sealer off of your entire floor and reseal everything after the repairs are completed.

Things You'll Need

  • Travertine fill
  • Orbital sander
  • Putty knife
  • Cup
  • Sealer
  • Rag
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Travis Martinson has recently turned his writing from hobby to career and is working hard to make that career flourish. He has written articles through eLance.com for various clients. He graduated from Whitworth College in 1998 and since then has worked as a social worker and as a finish carpenter on remodeling projects, working on everything from plumbing and electricity to cabinetry and drywall.