Achieving The Look You Want For Your TravertineTravertine is a unique and versatile stone, suitable to a wide range of decorative styles, from rugged and rustic to welcoming old world charm to stunning high-polished elegance. However, your travertine can become dirty or dull-looking, scratched, etched, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged with time and use. If this is true of your travertine, don't replace it! Diamond Stone and Tile Care South can restore your travertine, not just making it look better, but making it look brand new again.
To Fill Or Not To FillTravertine in its original state has naturally occurring holes throughout. Part of travertine's unique appeal is that it is available in two distinct forms — filled and unfilled. In "filled" travertine, a color-matched material is used at the factory to fill the holes, giving the stone a smooth finish. In "unfilled" travertine the natural holes remain exposed for a rustic, earthy finish. Both filled and unfilled travertine are beautiful in their own right, and both offer their own particular look and feel. If you have unfilled travertine, or the holes in your filled travertine have become exposed, and you want the holes to be filled, we can perform this service for you.
Filling Holes in Travertine: FloatingWhile this term may bring to mind inflatable lounge chairs or rubber duckies, travertine floating really has nothing to do with bodies of water. It is the process used to either change unfilled travertine surfaces to the smooth appearance of filled travertine or to repair filled travertine surfaces whose holes have become exposed due to time and wear. For repairs, we use filler tinted to match the rest of the surface, blending the repair site with the surrounding area, then honing and polishing to achieve a uniform finish. Changing a completely unfilled surface to a filled one is basically the same process, but offers a broader array of design choices, since you are not limited to a color that matches an existing filler.
RefinishingRefinishing is similar to floating, in that you can restore a finish that is uneven or has become dulled by wear, scratches or other surface damage, or alter the finish entirely if you're looking for a change of pace. Diamond Stone and Tile Care South is well versed in the types of finishes possible, as well as experienced in the techniques required to achieve them.
Grinding / Lippage RemovalWhether you want a floor that is flush with its grout lines for easier cleaning, or need to remedy uneven tiles that can be hazardous as well as unattractive, Diamond Stone and Tile Care South can take care of that for you. Using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology, we can remove excess stone to create a flat, level surface . Once the uneven tiles are leveled (this is called lippage removal), the travertine is honed and polished to your desired finish.
Deep Cleaning Soiled TravertineWhile any travertine surface can become dirty and grimy with use, unfilled travertine with its naturally varying surface texture and inherent holes can be particularly challenging once dirt has had time to accumulate in the hollows and low points. Not to worry, though, Diamond Stone and Tile Care South can remove deeply imbedded soiling, strip away years of buildup of unsightly topical treatments, remove soap film in showers, get rid of soot on fireplaces, and resolve a host of other travertine cleaning problems, leaving your stone as pristine as the day it was installed.
Sealing or Color EnhancingOnce your travertine floors, showers, tub surrounds, walls, and other travertine surfaces are restored, we highly recommend you have your travertine sealed to help inhibit staining. Like all natural stone, travertine is naturally porous and quick to absorb staining agents. It's true most stains can be resolved, but who wants to go to all that trouble, expense and frustration when it can easily be avoided. A thorough professional sealing is a good, inexpensive way to head stains off at the pass.
Color EnhancingTravertine is characterized by its neutral earthtone colors. For certain types of travertine, our skilled technicians can apply an enhancing sealer to intensify the color and enrich its natural beauty.
Stain RemovalSometimes, in spite of your best efforts, stains happen. That's the time to call Diamond Stone and Tile Care South. Whether you're looking for DIY advice or want to hand the mess off to us, we're happy to tell you that most stains and discolorations can be resolved.
Travertine RepairsBefore you replace your chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged travertine, talk to us about our expert travertine repair services. Diamond Stone and Tile Care South can fill holes and fix travertine cracks and chips, blending the repair site with the surrounding area, then honing and polishing it to match the overall finish of the rest of your travertine floor, countertop or other travertine surface.
Tile ReplacementIt's rare to find travertine that is damaged so severely it cannot be repaired, but every so often we encounter a tile that just has to be replaced. Don't worry, we can handle it. Diamond Stone and Tile Care South can replace your tile, using extra care to avoid damaging neighboring tiles, then level the replacement tile with its neighbors, and match the surrounding finish as closely as possible. Do be aware though — unless you have extra tiles on hand from the original batch, replacement tiles may be noticeably different. Because travertine is a natural stone, even tiles from the same quarry and with the same designation can vary in color and appearance as time passes and the quarry line shifts.
Scheduled MaintenanceFor travertine surfaces with high traffic and use, routinely scheduled maintenance services are highly recommended to keep your travertine looking its best. Diamond Stone and Tile Care South is happy to provide these services for you.
For a free estimate on any of our travertine restoration services throughout the Hilton Head/Savannah/Bluffton area, send us a message or give us a call at (843) 540-1445.