Travertine tiles have countless holes covering the surface. These holes were formed when hot water vapour was escaping the mud the travertine was formed from. These holes should be filled, either at the factory or during installation, to help keep the stone's integrity. When the fill comes out, or a crack between two holes opens up, the holes should be filled with an epoxy grout or epoxy resin. This will restore the travertine's strength.
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Things you need
- Absorbent cloth
- Epoxy grout or resin colour matched to the floor
- Putty knife
- Damp grout sponge
Carefully wash the hole or crack in the travertine to remove any dust or debris. Pat the area dry with an absorbent cloth so it remains slightly damp, but not wet.
Scoop a small amount of epoxy grout or colour-matched resin onto a putty knife. Use the knife to spread the epoxy into the hole or crack in the travertine. Scrape the knife across the surface of the travertine so the patch becomes flush with the surface of the stone and the edges are smooth.
Wipe the stone around the patch with a damp sponge to remove any excess epoxy. Move quickly during this step; epoxy sets up fast and will leave behind a haze on the stone if not wiped up within the first few minutes.
Tips and warnings
- Travertine fill kits are available which contain colour matched epoxy grout, putty knife and sponge to make the job easier.
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