Maintaining Natural Stone

Rinse

  • Remove all traces of the cleaner by rinsing thoroughly with water. Make sure to rinse both the tile and the grout.

Grout

  • Use a soft bristled brush to clean inside the grout joints. Rinse away the debris that has been loosened. Be careful of not scrubbing too hard.

Beware of Acidic Cleaners

  • Acidic cleaners can destroy the polished surface of alkaline stone, such as travertine and marble. They also will destroy the grout, eroding it to the point that you'll have to replace it. If you have colored grout, it will damage the color.

Intense Cleaning

  • If you need something more than just a gentle cleanser and a soft brush, you can find heavy-duty cleaners at home improvement stores or through manufacturers. Large areas of tile can be buffed with a commercial floor buffer or a heavy-duty cleaning machine.

  • and marble. They also will destroy the grout, eroding it to the point that you'll have to replace it. If you have colored grout, it will damage the color.


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Travertine Tile Installation

Travertine is a sedimentary stone that comes in varied shades of ivory to cinnamon brown. It has been used for architectural applications since the time of the ancient Romans. Uniformly cut tile in a variety of interlocking shapes makes travertine usable for flooring, patios and walkways. While installing travertine tile is within reach of skilled do-it-yourselfers, it requires extra attention to ensure that the stones are level, flush, and well-sealed to provide a safe, professional-looking finish.

  • Open all pallets of travertine tile and ensure that the product delivered is uniform enough in color and size to serve your flooring purposes, and that any breakage incurred during shipping is minimal.

  • Apply a thin layer of penetrating water-based sealer to all travertine tiles, using clean rags. Allow the sealer to dry on one side before flipping the stones over and sealing the other side. Repeat with a second thin coat of sealer and allow to dry before installing the stones.

  • Remove old flooring, if any. Inspect the subfloor, making any necessary repairs, and using a level to ensure that it is flat.

  • Install anti-fracture membrane, following the manufacturer's directions.

  • Lay out the travertine tile over the membrane exactly as you would like it installed. Rearrange the tiles if desired to provide the most attractive presentation. Locate chipped or odd-colored tiles where they will be covered with furniture in the finished room. Use a tape measure, snap line and marking crayon to mark tiles that must be cut to fit around doorways, appliances and other objects.

  • Cut tiles to shape where marked, using the wet saw. Lay the cut tiles in place to ensure accurate fitting.

  • Mix white thinset with water according to manufacturer's directions, using a stiff putty knife. Take up one course of your stones at a time. Apply thinset mortar to the back of each tile with a mortar trowel and set the tile firmly into place. Use clean rags to remove any thinset mortar that gets on the tile surface. Allow the thinset to cure for at least 24 hours, or as long as recommended in the manufacturer's directions.

  • Apply grout between the tiles with mortar trowel or putty knife, using rags to wipe off any excess on the surface of the tiles. Allow the grout to dry before walking on the floor.


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How to clean Onyx Tile

Onyx tile is a soft, calcareous stone tile. Composed primarily of calcium carbonate, cleaning onyx tiles with an acidic-based cleanser can damage them. Because of this, cleansers and methods used for other tile types are unsuitable for cleaning onyx tiles. Using a pH-neutral cleanser, along with frequent cleaning, can keep your tile looking fresh and extends the life of the tiled surface by years. 

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Clean the surface of the onyx tiles using a clean, lint-free dry cloth or dust mop. Wipe any loose dirt or debris from the surface of the tiles, working in a single direction.

2) Dilute a pH-neutral cleanser in a bucket of warm water, combining the mixture according to the manufacturer's instructions. Use a cleanser made specifically for use with calcareous stone tiles. Use a damp sponge or rope mop to go over the surface of the onyx tiles, cleaning the tiles briskly, but not allowing the water to puddle. Use a light pressure on the tiles, as firm pressure applied to ingrained dirt may scratch the onyx.

3) Rinse the surface of the cleaned tiles with clean water to remove any residue from the pH-neutral cleanser. Wipe away the cleanser in a single direction to avoid displacing cleanser over areas already rinsed off.

4) Dry the surface of the tiles with a cloth to prevent streaks from developing due to air-drying. Pat the tiles dry with the cloth rather than pushing the cloth during the drying process.

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