Maintaining Honed & Filled Travertine Tiles

Due to its popularity, honed & filled travertine tiles are quite common in the market. Its smooth surface and straight cut edges are mainly preferred by customers who are looking for something modern and minimalistic. However, problems with this type of travertine are also quite common. This is mainly due to the fact that many people are unaware of how to install or maintain honed & filled travertine tiles.

Travertine is a material which has many air particles (holes) and in order to make the surface smooth and shiny, the holes on the tiles are filled with a special compound similar to tile grouts. Afterwards either these filled holes are polished or honed using the polishing machines at the final stage of the production.

First of all, travertine tiles should be laid properly in order to avoid any problems. There should not be any movements on the floor if the tiles are being laid on a timber floor. Ply boards must be used and they need to be screwed 6 inches apart.

Travertine tiles are not suitable for heavy traffic areas unless they are at least 3cm thick. If honed travertine tiles are laid in a commercial property, the holes may reappear and fixing the floor may be difficult.

Always use sealer and maintenance products suitable for natural stone tiles. Using Flash cleaners and any other acidic chemicals will damage the sealer as well as the tiles. If there is a floor warranty by the supplier, it will be voided when using these chemicals.

Sharp materials have also negative effect on the tile. If you need to wear high heel shoes, do not walk on the tile for long periods of time. The tiles will be scratched and also fillers will pop out after some time. Pets might create a great risk when they urinate on the tile as the acid will affect the sealer as well as the material itself.

If you believe that you have been following all these guidelines above and still have fillers coming out, do not worry. This is a natural process as when the tile settles on the floor, new holes might appear. However, a small pack of original travertine filler is enough to fill these new holes and you do not even need to bother your builder for this job. Just add some water and mix the filler, apply a thin paste and fill the hole. Let it dry out. When it dries, apply another coat of sealant and your floor will be brand new again. You should find your filler packs available from your tile supplier, normally they give away free of charge.

Why Do You Have to Go to Tile Shops?

Tile shops have found many ways to become better, more inclusive, and more effective than before with some extra services that they have started to deliver. From wall tiling, floor tiling to even the occasional roof tiling, professional tile stores have a way of making their customers feel both welcome and in full control. It is not possible to talk about all the ways they accomplish this, but here are some of the astounding ones.

Installation

Many tile suppliers not only deliver tiles in their myriad of services, but also the chance to pick a tile design based on a certain scheme without them even needing to spend money on it. These come in the form of samples which one can either match to their existing tiles if they want them to stay similar or match to other parts of the area if they want a modification that still works effectively. Also, most stores come with the extra option of aided installation which they can do and complete while one watches, or aided self-installation, which is when they provide individuals with videos and guidelines on how to place the tiles on their own.

Style inspiration

Basically every house owner who has had the opportunity to see their property get built from the beginning or was fortunate enough to experience the space get designed from the walls to the roof has had some idea of what they want the property to look like in the end, but typically, the idea is loose and rooted on imagination. Even though imagination is fantastic and everything must ideally start in one’s head, having a physical representation of what one wants the end result to be inspired by is more than helpful. A lot of proficient designers and eve architects do not get their end product by just drawing all that’s in their head, but rather find some small type of illustration that they can reference on their route to the end. It may seem like a notably silly and remedial thing to do, but initiating the conception of one’s space’s decor from a specific tile they like is a quick and effective way to achieve fantastic results. One only has to select a tile off the various, although this in itself could be an entirely different task, and they need to start by picking colour designs that match the tile design. Then they need to select wall colours, ceiling style, lights that could compliment, even furniture, and soon they will realize that without even trying to, they have decorated a space that comes together delightfully.

Variety

Most importantly, tile shops provide the clients with a range in terms of design. No two individuals are ever the same, and even though often character traits and likes coincide with each other, everyone is still significant from everyone else, which is provision of a single thing without at least permitting some form of customisable features or aspects. Due to this, lots of tile stores pride themselves on each being better than the others when it comes to the sheer amount of styles it has. From plain single coloured ones with basic almost seamless patterns that make one forget it is even a floor to bespoke complex styles that have one looking down continuously and even to tiles that look like other materials, normally wood or concrete, there is always something that the online or physical tile shops can help with to tie the look of one’s space together. Walls, flooring and whatever is in between, people can always find the right tile to cover and compliment.

Adhesives For Tiling

Ceramic tiles should be fixed to the wall with special ceramic tile adhesive, which can be bought ready-mixed in tubs or as a powder for mixing with water. An adhesive spreader usually comes with each tub. To estimate how much adhesive you need, allow roughly one litre of the ready-mixed types for every one to one and a half square metres of tile.

Old tiled surfaces provide a flat firm surface and can be tiled over with few problems. Make sure that the old surface is completely free from grease and dirt and replace any tiles that are loose or have fallen out.

Old plaster must be firm. New plaster should be left for a month to dry out. Apply tiles to finishing plaster only, never to undercoats. (Finishing plasters have a fine texture; undercoats are generally much coarser.) Old brickwork and rendering are also good surfaces for tiling provided they are dry, sound and flat. Leave new brickwork and rendering for at least two weeks before tiling.

Gloss-painted surfaces will take tiles, provided they are sound and clean. Check the adhesion of the gloss paint to the surface beneath by putting strips of self-adhesive tape firmly on it and then ripping them off quickly. If any paint comes off, the surface is not sound. Strip off old wallcoverings and distempered surfaces before tiling.

Blockboard, chipboard, MDF, plasterboard and plywood can be tiled over as long as the surface is rigid and does not flex. The boards should be backed by a rigid framework. Natural wood expands and contracts as its moisture content changes. Ordinary tile adhesives may not be able to cope with this movement – use a flexible tile adhesive.

Most ceramic tile adhesives will work on quite hot surfaces, but around a fireplace it might be better to use a heat-resistant adhesive. Where tiles are likely to be splashed or be in contact with water – around baths, basins, sinks and showers – a waterproof adhesive should be used.

Combined adhesive/grouts are available in both standard and waterproof form. These are difficult to remove from the face of the tile if allowed to set, so should be wiped off immediately.

If the surface to be tiled is lumpy or uneven, a thick-bed adhesive can be used toiron it out but using one is not particularly easy.

Once ceramic tiles are on the wall, the gaps between them should be filled with grout a thick paste which dries hard. It is available either ready-mixed or in powder form; once again the tub or packet should give expected coverage -roughly 0.5kg of powdered grout to every two square metres of tiles. Mosaics need more. Some grouts have fungicides added to prevent mould growth. To apply grout, you need either a rubber squeegee or a sponge.

Cork tiles can be stuck in place with contact adhesive, which must be applied to both wall surface and the back of the tiles, or with a cork tile adhesive applied only to the wall.

Metallic and mirror tiles can be fixed in place either with small double-sided self-adhesive pads, which are sold with the tiles allow four or five pads per tile or with an adhesive. Contact adhesives can be used but some tile manufacturers produce special adhesives for their own tiles.

Imitation brick and stone tiles made from fired or pressed material can be stuck to the wall with ceramic tile adhesive or with mortar. Mortar or special grouting powder (available from the tile supplier) should be used to point the gaps between the tiles. Imitation tiles of this type made from plastic can be stuck in place with plastic tile adhesive -the type used for fixing expanded polystyrene ceiling tiles.