How to Repair Travertine Floor Etching

  • 8-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 60-140
What You'll Need
Polishing Powder (for travertine)
Etch Removal Product
Buff Cloth
Warm Water
Spray Bottle

It is not a very hard task to repair travertine floor etching. This can be done using a polishing powder or a sealer. Travertine, contrary to popular belief, is quite dense and can withstand heavy traffic. However, it is still susceptible to etching, stains and other types of damage if it is not properly protected. Like limestone, granite or marble, the material needs to be cleaned, polished and repaired in times of need. This is especially true when it is used as a flooring material. In order to repair travertine floor etching, follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Clean the Travertine Floor

Before removing the etching using a trusted product, make sure to clean the floor first. Sweep it with a broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and debris. Soak a mop in warm water, squeeze the excess water and mop the entire floor. Allow the floor to dry completely.

Step 2 – Use a Polishing Powder

A polishing powder designed for travertine can easily remove the etch marks from the floor easily. Apply the recommended amount of powder on the etched areas. Spray water on top of the powder to make it moist, but do not spray too much water. Just a small amount will do. Rub the moist powder with a rag in a circular motion until the etching is concealed. Do not rub with too much pressure in order not to damage the floor surface. When the floor is dry and free from etching marks, buff the floor with a soft cloth.

Step 3 – Use an Alternative Etch Removal Product

Shop around for etch removal products in brick and mortar stores or online stores. Make sure to read product descriptions and reviews to get as much information and come up with the best product in the market. Ask friends, relatives, or online forums for recommendations. Some products come in a spray form that can provide ease of use. Simply spray the product, rub it a bit and buff afterward. Some products may have different instructions so make sure to read the product instructions carefully before application.

Step 4 – Seal the Floor

Sealers are important because they provide the floor with extra protection for years. Since the floor usually receives a lot of traffic, do make sure to reapply the sealer after two years at least. If the floor has not been previously sealed, then determine first if it can be sealed or not. When it comes to sealing, the floor can be categorized into two groups – honed and polished. Polished travertine should not be sealed. Instead, regularly polish it with polishing products to repair etching and other damages. If the travertine is honed, then it can be sealed to protect it from stains and damage. In order to avoid having to repair travertine often, seal the floor yourself or hire a professional to do the job.