Blue Travertine Kitchen in Sandwich, Kent
Blue travertine is not as common as its 'yellow' cousin. It certainly is more interesting to look at but can mask dirt until one day you look down and think, 'How did that happen?!'
After cleaning the grout lines with a strong alkaline, industrial cleaner, we opted to use a 5 pad system to clean and prepare the tiles for sealing.
The first of the 5 diamond pads is considered 'very coarse' and together with the same alkaline cleaner, it makes short work of the dirty tiles.
The result is a very clean but matt and lifeless floor, and that's where the honing comes in.
The next 3 pads were used, each one less aggressive that the last, thereby closing the pores and starting to put the natural sheen back of the stone.
This now complete, it was as much as we could do for the day and we left, allowing the tiles to dry overnight.
The next morning, we came back and used a meter to ensure the tiles were dry enough.
Satisfied that they were, the final and finest of the diamond pads were used with a small amount of sprayed water, known as a spray burnish.
This really finishes off the honing and already the floor had a good sheen.
The sealer of choice was a Natural Look, impregnator sealer that leaves the stones protected and looking as they should in their natural honed condition. Two coats were applied and a final buff with a lambs wool pads left the kitchen floor looking like you could eat your dinner off it!
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