Stone Polishing, Marble Polishing, and Travertine Polishing

A tiled surface that looks old and dingy can be attractive and looking new with a refurbished stone, marble, or travertine. If there are a few holes or gaps in a newly grouted tile job, you can simply patch in new stone, marble, or travertine. Do it as soon as possible, before moisture has a chance to work its way behind the tiles.

Stone Polishing, Marble Polishing, and Travertine Polishing

Mix a small batch of latex-reinforced stone, travertine, or marble. Use sanded stone for lines 1/8 inch and wider and undersanded marble for narrower lines. Press it into place with your finger. Wipe away the excess, allow it to dry, and clean the area with a wet sponge. If the grout is stained in spots or has a dirty color, try cleaning it.

Stone Polishing, Marble Polishing, and Travertine Polishing

If old stones, marbles, or travertine are coming loose over wide areas of the tile job or are stained beyond repair, they should be removed and the whole surface refurbished. The fastest way to remove the old stone, travertine, or marble is with a rotary cutter load with a masonry bit.

Using the Sealer

Stone Polishing, Marble Polishing, and Travertine Polishing

The application process for an impregnating sealer depends on whether you’re treating the entire surface or just the stone, marble, and travertine. If you’re sealing both the materials and the tiles, you can simply mop the sealant onto the surface. A new, clean sponge mop works well for floors, while a tiling sponge works well on other surfaces. Be sure to wear rubber gloves.

Stone Polishing, Marble Polishing, and Travertine Polishing

Apply a generous amount of sealant, mop it over the surface, and then remove excess material by repeatedly wringing out the sponge or mop. Keep a supply of clan white terry cloth towels on hand to quickly wipe away any sealant that gets on a tile.

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