SUITABLE INSTALLATION LOCATIONS
- INTERNAL FLOOR TILES – Bathrooms, Kitchens, Family Room, Entry
- WALL TILES – Bathroom, Kitchen, Ensuite, Feature Walls
- EXTERNAL AREAS UNDER COVER ONLY! – Outdoor Kitchen, Pergola Area
Antique Honed & Filled Travertine Tiles & Pavers
If you wan to achieve a classical look with a touch of drama, you can’t go passed Antique travertine tiles and pavers. The colour and gradients appear darker and more enhanced from the standard Ivory Travertine. As a result, you get a bolder look with Antique.
These Antique travertine tiles have been honed and filled. This means that all the holes and voids that are charactertistic of travertine stone have been filled. As a result, this creates a completely flat, smooth surface. The surface has been sawn so it has a sheen. For this reason, we recommend these travertine tiles for indoor applications only and definitely not suitable for pool pavers. If you’d like use Antique tiles around your pool or outdoor area, we recommend tiles such as Antique Travertine French Pattern.
For indoor tiles, these are a great tiling solution. Because the surface holes have been filled, it makes it easier to sweep and mop clean (without dirt getting trapped in the little holes).
In the home, these tiles standout; evoking a feeling of luxury, class and timeless appeal.
Do I need to seal travertine?
No, you don’t need to seal travertine. However it is a good idea for extra protection and peace of mind.
Travertine stone tiles and pavers can be left in its natural state with no polishing or sealing. They are naturally durable and resistant to water, allowing them to remain impressive parts of your home decor for many years.
Clean spills straight away from your travertine and they’ll be fine. However, we recommend applying a sealer for extra protection (especially in high spill areas). You only need to apply the sealer once after you’ve laid your travertine tiles and pavers for peace of mind forever. In most cases, you only need to do it once and then your travertine tiles and pavers are set for life. Some renovators choose to seal their travertine more than once. However, this is a personal preference and in most cases not necessary.
Even though, travertine is a strong stone and very weather resistant, it’s a good idea to seal them. Always make sure that your sealer is compatible with applying on travertine stone. It’s worth buying a quality travertine tile sealer to ensure the stone is properly protected. At Travertine Tiles Warehouse, we supply a range of travertine sealers to suit your application. Browse the range of travertine tile sealers.
If you have any questions about sealing your travertine tiles or pavers, feel free to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team.
Where do I apply tile sealer?
Travertine stones can be used both inside and outside your home, which can leave you wondering in which circumstances you should seal the material. These stones are naturally strong enough to withstand heavy use, but sealant can ensure that they retain their charm down the line.
While it can make sense to protect tiles installed in your kitchen or bathroom – where water spillage could potentially damage the surface – this procedure is primarily done for exterior patios and travertine pool coping as well as driveway and walkway pavers.
Care & Maintenance of Travertine:
Travertine is porous, and easily stained and is etched by acids. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on Travertine as they leave rings. Fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove shiny surface) if allowed to remain on marble. Wipe up acid spill immediately, and wipe surface with wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.
Natural stone is very porous. The best way to prevent stains is to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away.
Dust mop interior travertine floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
We recommend that you use care and maintenance products from TASMAN CHEMICALS that are specially formulated to protect and enhance the beauty of your travertine. We recommend either STONE SHIELD ( near invisible finish) or the ENHANCE SEALER ( Deepens the natural colour shades in the stone). Once the stone is sealed, clean up is usually easy. We recommend that you use Tilekleen OR Slatekleen Cleaner. Slatekleen cleans with a gentle, pH-neutral formula that removes soils while reinforcing the original protective seal to help prevent future staining.
Although we usually think of travertine as “hard,”, it is a very porous material. Travertine has varying degrees of porosity. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. The liquid eventually evaporates but the stain is left behind.
Removal of oily stains is easily accomplished with a poultice.
The following procedure is for the installation of Natural Stone Travertine Tile for Flooring. It may be used over any wood or cement floor that is structurally sound and dry. In new home constructions where plywood is used as a sub floor, it is suggested that an underlayment or backer board needs to be attached to the sub floor to insure rigidity where travertine floors will be installed.
Clean area where travertine is to be installed. In the case of smooth painted or varnished floors, it is necessary to sand with a very coarse sand paper to assure a good mastic bond.
Lay out the travertine to understand pattern choices. For multi-color travertine, blend tile randomly to give proper blend of colors as color vary from tile to tile.
Using a notched 10mm trowel, hold at a 45° angle to be sure a full ridge is made with the notches. Spread thinset on the floor starting at a far corner so you can back out of the room as your proceed. Spread just enough area so you can reach over it to place the travertine.Spread a good amount of thinset on the floor. Adding or taking away thinset will ensure that all the tiles are evenly set
Maintain a grout space between the pieces as recommended by the travertine supplier (2mm-3mm OR if laying tumbled french pattern butt joint with expansion joints around perimeter of job and as per Australian Tiling Standards) depending on the size of the tiles. To do these accurately, use spacers. Travertine may also be laid without joints, in which case edges are then butted against one another, only if the material is honed or polished, however we recommend 2mm – 3mm joint.
Each piece of travertine should be firmly pressed into the adhesive to secure a good bond.
After all travertine is set in place – allow at least 24-36 hours depending on weather conditions, for drying before grouting joints.
Travertine tile can be easily cut with a wet saw using a diamond blade.
Grouting and Cleaning
1.Have all equipment and material clean. Clean all joints and surface of the travertine. Applying clear sealer or enhancer is recommended on travertine before grouting, so that the grout color does not penetrate the travertine tiles. Use clear sealer or enhancer as a grout release to insure a clean surface.
Using a Clear Sealer or Enhancer is a personal choice.
2. Add water slowly while mixing to get the texture of damp sand mix grout according to the manufacturer specs, and apply with a grout float to press grout deeply between the joints. Mix only enough grout to be used in about 30 minutes or difficulty will result in hardening in the pail.
3.Apply mix to joints with a grout float making certain that the joint is completely filled with mix.
4.Trowel or wipe off surplus grout from travertine with a damp sponge. Rinse several times with clean water, changing the water as often as necessary so it remains clear. It is very important to do this as you go along.
5.After grout has set hard to the touch, clean surface of travertine and along grout line by rubbing briskly with a clean piece of cloth.
6. Let joints harden for three days.
7.Wash floor completely again by freely applying fresh clean water with sponge on the entire flooring and sponging dry.
Applying clear sealer or enhancer is recommended after installation to seal the travertine tiles and the grout lines using the same sealer used as a grout release prior to grouting, wipe off all excess sealer so there is no fogging.
Using the same sealer used as grout release prior to grouting, to seal the floor, apply the 2nd coat on the tiles and grout, wipe of all excess sealer so there is no fogging.
Sealing travertine is necessary, it is a matter of choice – whether you choose to retain the natural beauty of the travertine or apply a chemical sealer that is available in a shiny or matte finish. Sealers may be purchased at retail stone dealers.
HELPFUL HINTS: Do not apply a sealer over wet, waxed or oiled travertine.
1.Apply dealer with a large clean cloth or with a paint pad. Apply in a thin coat. Sealer or enhancer will dry to the touch within two hours, however, it is advisable to stay off the floor for 24 hours.