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Travertine Cleaning Melbourne



Experts Floor Care are your travertine stone tile & grout cleaning, stripping & sealing specialists, as well providing comprehensive restoration services including grinding, honing, polishing, repairs and regrouting. If you need advice on how to restore your old travertine stone floor and tile grout to their best possible condition, and how best to reseal it so it keeps looking new, or you need a professional to do it for you, then you have come to the right place.

What is Travertine?
Travertine flooring is a very stylish material that is functional and aesthetically attractive while bringing a very appealing, old-world character to any home or business. Travertine pavers are especially attractive around the swimming pool and surrounds with no two tiles looking the same. Travertine will often appear fibrous or concentric and can come in a white, tan or a cream like colour.

Travertine is formed in mineral springs, especially around hot springs, underground rivers and in limestone caves. Travertine is different to limestone(sedimentary) and marble(metamorphic), with the main characteristic of travertine being the holes within the stone created as a result of gases escaping as the travertine is formed. The resulting stone is a smooth and very hard substance further characterised by its porous surface. These pores are the result of gases escaping as the travertine is formed.

By the time it is quarried, travertine is naturally beautiful - a smooth, dense stone that exhibits a notable creamy colour that evokes a certain old-world refinement.

 

Where can you use Travertine?
Travertine tiles are a stunningly stylish and long-lasting building product and can be both functional and aesthetically striking. The durability and attraction of travertine as a natural stone is unmatchable. Travertine is one of the strongest natural stone tiles available and is a beautiful building material for both flooring and walls, whether indoors or outdoors. Travertine is a very popular choice as pavers and swimming pool surrounds. Travertine tiles create a natural look for any area as no two tiles are the same. Travertine tiles ensure a unique and exciting look for your entire home along with being enduring for several generations.

Common Surface Finishes for Travertine
Honed : The surface of the tile is sanded to create a matte finish.
Tumbled: Travertine is tumbled with gravel and bearings, giving it a rough, aged appearance.
Brushed: A wire brush is used to give the surface of the travertine tile a worn, textured surface.
Filled: The pores in the travertine are filled with coloured resin or cement to produce a solid surface.

Polished: The travertine is sanded and polished, producing a shiny look

Cleaning Travertine Tiles
Different cleaning and maintenance methods should be used on travertine depending on its finish and whether it's sealed or left in its natural state. In general, Travertine tiles should be cleaned and maintained with non acidic products, and it is recommended to have travertine professionally cleaned every few years to maintain their appearance and restore the fresh look once the tiles start to apper tired following daily use.

Stripping Travertine Tiles
When your travertine tiles begin to appear dull and start to stain easily, that means your previous sealer is wearing off and your travertine tiles are in danger of permanent damage. Experts Floor Care strip/remove all necessary old sealer from your travertine tiles, bringing back their natural fresh look using our state of the art cleaning machinery; we then seal your travertine tiles with one of our top quality water based products. Experts Floor Care are proud to be accredited applicators of Deepshield™, a new high quality advanced deep penetrating sealer based on nano-technology. Sealant technology has recently taken a giant step forward ensuring unmatched protection and reliability for all natural surfaces. Deepshield™ offers long term benefits and peace of mind. Whether you decide to seal your natural travertine tiles using a Clear Impregnating Penetrating Sealer, a Colour Enhancing Penetrating Sealer that enriches the colour and texture of your stone or a high quality Topical Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish Sealer, with Experts Floor Care you can rest assured your travertine tiles are receiving the best possible protection and care.

As Travertine tiles tiles can be sealed, this sealer may need to be removed and re-applied after it starts to wear off, this usually depends on type of sealer used, method used to apply it and the amount of traffic or use. This process is called stripping and sealing, and is usually required every 2-10 years depending on the type of sealer, area(indoor or outdoor), and amount of foot traffic or use.
We provide specialised cleaning & sealing solutions for stone tiles, including Travertine stone floor & wall tiles

Sealing Travertine Floors

Two main sealing options exist for travertine tiles
• Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer
(Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)
• Topical Sealer
(Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

A deep penetrating impregnating sealer protects travertine and grout from water and oil based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores using nano-technology to create a breathable protective barrier. An impregnating sealer protects the travertine surface and grout from absorbing stains while also resulting in cleaning and maintenance becoming much easier. Australia's Deepshield™ range of impregnating water based sealer's, offer long term benefits lasting for up to 10 years while Deepshield™ Gold, based on the latest fluoro-bond technology lasts for up to 15 years. A penetrating impregnating transparent sealer enters the pores of your stone and, once cured will not change the look of the tile or stone. A penetrating colour enhancing sealer is designed to enhance and enrich the natural look of stone surfaces.

Experts Floor Care are experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your travertine looks its absolute best. Experts Floor Care experienced technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealer is also helpful in situations where the old solvent based sealer can not be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years.

You can easily test how porous your natural travertine is by applying a drop of water to the surface and watching how the water is absorbed by the travertine. You can then see how any type of water based stain can be absorbed by the travertine tile surface and grout.

Types of sealer's used on travertine tiles
Water based sealer's and solvent-based sealer's can both be used on travertine, however unless absolutely required for a specific reason, we always recommend applying a water based sealer that doesn't produce harmful fumes during application and removal. Water based sealers are easier to apply and remove and also require less drying time. One of the most popular product ranges available is Australian made Deepshield™ quality impregnating water based sealer's that prolong the life of your surfaces by taking full advantage of recent advancements in nano technology, providing unmatched long-term stain resistance and reliability.

It is important to ensure the correct water based sealer is applied to your travertine tile, which will also depend on whether they are indoors or outdoors as most sealer's will not last long outside due to being designed for internal use. If your travertine is outdoors, it is important to use a water based sealer that is specifically designed for outdoor travertine.

There are two types of impregnating clear sealer, water based sealer & solvent based. In the past solvent based sealers were more widely used as they used to absorb deeper into the travertine and grout and would also last longer. Today however, thanks to new technological advancements, it is recommended only to use water based sealer's, that last much longer and cause less potential damage to health and property.

Solvent based products are more difficult to apply and can create major problems when applied incorrectly as they are very hard to remove. Experts Floor Care recommend our clients apply a long lasting water based sealer such as a quality product from Australia's Deepshield™ range of sealer's to their travertine tiles and grout. Topical sealer's (glossy plastic coating over the top of the travertine) are still used on travertine, but these older style sealer's can trap moisture in the stone and make the surface slippery when wet. When a topical sealer wears in higher traffic areas, the entire surface usually needs to be stripped and re-sealed.

It is very important to ensure that tiles achieve their cleanest possible condition prior to being sealed. This will protect the appearance of the tile, and importantly ensure that there won't be any dirt, stains or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

To provide the best possible protection from oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance of your travertine and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your travertine with a high quality, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer.

Experts Floor Care Travertine Services
Travertine Tile Stripping and Sealing
No matter where your travertine tiles are, Experts Floor Care will strip, clean and professionally reseal them for you. In your kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the swimming pool, your backyard, outdoors or any hard to reach indoor areas.

Travertine Cleaning and Sealing
If you have travertine surfaces that have become dull and not showing their true colour, or perhaps you have recently installed your travertine or your previous sealer is wearing off, Experts Floor Care Cleaning and Sealing is your best choice to clean your tiles effectively and efficiently and protect them against future staining and deterioration.

Travertine Tile and Grout Cleaning
Cleaning tile & grout requires a combination of specialised industrial equipment and heavy duty cleaning products. By using specially developed cleaning solutions & high pressure van mounted cleaning equipment we are able to clean your tiles & grout to the highest standards.

Travertine Tile Sealing
All porous tiles should be sealed, sealing your tiles helps prevent & reduce staining. Sealing your travertine will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your surfaces against stains.

Travertine Stripping
Stripping, scrubbing and cleaning to remove old sealant and its residue, restoring the original appearance of the floor. Our technicians are equipped with all necessary equipment and possess all skills and experience needed to provide your travertine tiles with an extensive floor stripping service. We can strip and reseal any hard surface flooring as well as wall tiles.

Efflorescence Treatment
Efflorescence is the formation of salt deposits on or near the surface of the tile and grout. Experts Floor Care technicians have a variety of equipment for the effective removal of efflorescence. We also carry all the required treatments, agitation tools as well as chemical solutions to safely and effectively removed efflorescence deposits internally and externally.

Minor Tile Repair
Do you have cracked tiles, chipped tiles, loose tiles or discoloured tiles in your walls, floors, stairs or around the swimming pool. Do you have spare tiles left over from installation? Experts Floor Care have professional & experienced tilers in our team that can assist you with repairing your indoor & outdoor tiles and replacing the broken/damaged tiles.

Grout Colour Sealing
Experts Floor Care technicians are able to re-colour badly stained grout or change the colour of existing and/or stained grout. Experts Floor Care Grout Colour Sealing service is specifically designed and developed to rejuvenate your dirty old grout and make it look BRAND NEW once again!


We make it a priority top offer flexible services to accommodate your need.