How to Install Tavertine Floor Tiles

What You'll Need
Travertine tiles

Travertine floor tiles can look very attractive in a room and give it a lovely kind of coolness. They generally come in colors ranging from ivory to rust and in natural textures that resemble marble. It’s not difficult to lay Travertine floor tiles. The important thing is not to rush the process to ensure you achieve the best possible look.

Step 1 - Cleaning

Before laying the Travertine floor tiles the floor needs to be completely clean. Remove any old tile with a chisel and hammer, using the chisel on the grout area then under the tile. Chisel away all the old grout and adhesive. Once this has been finished, sweep the floor clean before thoroughly vacuuming it, paying special attention to the corner and by the walls.

Step 2 - Tiles

You should have a layout plan for the tiles. On a sheet of graph paper draw the room to scale and quarter it with the lines meeting in the center. Make a plan of how the tiles will go working outward from the center to the walls.

With a tape measure and pencil quarter the room, marking the lines on the floor. Lay out the tiles on the dry floor, following your plan to make sure it can work on the real floor as well as it does on paper. It’s possible that some of the tiles might need to be cut to fit by the wall. If so, rent a tile cutter but don’t cut until you’re ready to lay those particular tiles.

Step 3 - Laying Tiles

When laying the Travertine floor tiles work section by section, moving from the center of the room toward the walls. You should only work in a section that’s 4-feet by 4-feet and complete that before moving on.

Start by putting a thinset adhesive on the floor in a section. Buy an adhesive that’s meant purely for Travertine floor tile. It will be available either as a liquid or as a powder that has to be mixed.

Put the tiles into the thinset according to your plan, keeping to the correct space (you might want to use spacers to be exact). Use a level to be certain each tile is even and straight on the floor. Continue section by section until the tile has been laid on the whole floor, cutting tiles when necessary. Leave the tiles to dry.

Step 4 - Grout

A sanded grout works best with Travertine floor tile, but any grout will do the job. It can be bought pre-mixed or ready to mix yourself. If mixing, achieve the right consistency then apply it between the tiles up to the level of the tiles themselves. It’s important, too, go get into corners and up along the wall.

There will be excess grout. Wipe this off with a towel and use a damp cloth after to remove any small drops of grout from the tiles. Allow to dry for a full week then apply sealant to protect the Travertine floor tiles.