How to repair cracked travertine tile

Written by j. cavan barry
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Travertine is a commonly used stone for tiles in areas ranging from floors to countertops. Similar to marble, travertine tile is riddled with ribbons of other material, and often may contain pits or even holes. While travertine is a generally strong and durable material, it can crack after installation just like any other tile. The positive side to a cracked travertine tile is that it can usually be effectively repaired in a generally straightforward process, using coloured caulk material that closely matches the colours of the tile.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Small scrub brush
  • Caulk gun
  • Tile caulk (colour to match tile colour)
  • Large sponge

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  1. 1

    Clean any loose dust and debris from the cracked area, using the small scrub brush and vacuum cleaner.

  2. 2

    Insert the coloured tile caulk tube into the caulk gun, this process may differ depending on caulk gun manufacturer.

  3. 3

    Apply the coloured tile caulk to the crack in the travertine tile, filling the crack completely.

  4. 4

    Wipe the excess caulk from the travertine tile surface, using the large sponge; rinse the large sponge in clean water, as necessary.

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