What is the best way to fill holes in travertine tiles?
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Q. What is the best way to fill holes in travertine tiles?
A. One quick and effective way of filling holes in honed travertine is to squeeze some almond-colored caulking material in them. Fill in excess, push the filler in as deep as possible with a slightly wet putty knife, and then, after 30 seconds or so, "shave" the excess with a razor blade to flush the filler with the surface of the stone. Wrap you index finger with a damp piece of terry cloth and clean any filler residue around the filled hole, making sure not to touch the filler. Let it cure for 24 hours and... enjoy!
Of course, this is not the best solution for polishedtravertine. There are epoxies and polyesters that can be used to fill the holes. However it is generally not a do it yourself project and will require the services of a professional restoration company to fill the holes and polish the stone. These materials should last a very long time compared to just grout as well.
COURSE A continuous horizontal band of stone of constant height
FILLING A trade expression used in the fabrication of marble to indicate the filling of natural voids with color-blended cements, shellac or synthetic resins and similar materials
GROUT A mixture of cement material and aggregate to which sufficient water is added to produce pouring consistency without segregation of the constituents
POLISHED The finest and smoothest finish available in stone, generally only possible on hard, dense materials. Or, a glossy finish which brings out the full color and character of the stone
RESTORATION Work performed, including cleaning, repair, and finishing, returning the stone to its original character, finish, and condition
TRAVERTINE A variety of limestone that is a precipitate from hot springs. Some varieties of travertine take a polish and are known commercially as marble. ASTM C119-03 classifies travertine in both the limestone and the marble groupings
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