Filling Holes in Travertine Floor
I have travertine floor tile in my guest bathroom as well as the tub surround and separate shower.
It has been installed for 5 years and the floor tile now has some deep holes.
How should they be filled and what should it all be sealed with so this won't happen again?
ANSWER: Travertine floor tiles
naturally have holes of various sizes, as you may or may not know. non-sanded grout
is usually used for travertine filler because typically the holes aren't very wide or big and this type of grout won't scratch the tile surface.... very important on a polished travertine or even a honed finish.
Now, I'm assuming that for some reason these holes were never filled or the original grout has come out and they are not from damage of some sort.
Also, you didn't say if the travertine tile was polished, honed or tumbled?
I'm guessing it isn't polished... not good on a shower or bathroom floor. If honed
(flat, smooth, no shine) then use non-sanded grout to fill the travertine floor tile holes. Same if indeed polished.If tumbled
, non-sanded grout is still fine unless the holes are fairly large (greater than 1/4") and deep as you note, then you should probably use sanded grout. Sanded grout
is typically used for wider gaps and to blend better with more rustic surface finishes like tumbled travertine tiles.
I wouldn't use the
sanded grout on honed or polished even if the holes are huge... you may scratch the surface.
You can use non
-sanded grout on larger gaps/holes and on tumbled travertine too, but it may shrink some and you'll need to re-apply until you completely fill the holes and have a tight fit. Sealing Travertine
Sealing will not "prevent" whatever has caused the holes to appear. Sealing stone does only one thing... improve the stain-resistance by dramatically decreasing the rate of absorption of any stone.
The risk of stains on a bathroom floor is much less than a kitchen, but I'd suggest using these recommended marble & granite sealers
is currently the most advanced, durable and top performing product on the market.Risk of staining in a shower
or on the tub surround is very small unless you like to drink coffee and dye your hair in there, so sealing a travertine shower isn't really necessary. And sealers don't protect against etching.
And if you do have polished travertine tile, then it won't absorb a sealer anyway, so it's futile to try. Of course, it won't absorb anything else either or stain.
But if you decide to seal your honed or tumbled travertine floor tile, then a single properly applied coat of the SCP or SenGuard will be fine.
You may also consider sealing with color-enhancing sealer
, which will seal and darken the color a bit giving the travertine a 'wet look.'