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Close-up photo below of a Travertine tiled floor installed in a house in the former mill town of Blackburn where simply put the polished appearance had worn off and was now looking dull and unappealing. I popped round to the house to take a look and could see that the tiles would need to be

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Close-up photo below of a Travertine tiled floor installed in a house in the former mill town of Blackburn where simply put the polished appearance had worn off and was now looking dull and unappealing.

Travertine Tiled Floor Before Polishing Blackburn

I popped round to the house to take a look and could see that the tiles would need to be burnished to restore the polished appearance. To demonstrate the difference this would make I polished one of the tiles using the Tile Doctor burnishing pad system which consists of the application of four 17 inch diamond encrusted pads applied in sequence from coarse to very fine with a rotary buffer. The customer was amazed at the difference and we agreed a date to come in and complete the whole floor in time for the Christmas holidays.

Stripping and Re-Polishing Travertine

On my return I repeated the burnishing process across the entire floor starting with the 400 Grit Coarse Red No.1 Burnishing Pad which strips off old sealers and dirt from the tile. You use a little water to help lubricate and once complete it’s necessary to rinse the area with water to remove the soil that is generated. The next step is to start building back the polish with the 800 and then 1500 grit pads which are applied in the same manner.

Travertine Tiled Floor During Polishing Blackburn

The floor was then rinsed again with water and I turned my attention to the grout which was scrubbed by hand using Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and a stiff brush. The floor was given another rinse and then inspected to ensure I hadn’t missed anything. Before leaving for the day I used the wet vacuum to extract as much moisture from the floor as possible.

At this point the customer commented that the floor looked amazing and that the floor never looked this good, even after it was first installed.

Sealing Travertine Floor Tiles

On the second days we used the 4th burnishing pad which is a 3000 grit pad to burnish and polish the surface until it came up looking gorgeous and glossy. With this pad you simply spray a little water on the floor during the polishing process, something we call a spray burnish.

The last step was to seal the tiles using a single coat of Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal which was applied and then buffed in with a white pad to remove any excess. Ultra-Seal is a premium, no-sheen, natural-look, penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection.

Travertine Tiled Floor After Polishing Blackburn

The customer was really pleased with the difference we had made to the floor and before leaving we advised the customer of the best way to maintain the floor using neutral PH cleaners and to avoid strong cleaning products which can erode the life of the sealer prematurely.
Source: Travertine Tile Cleaning and Polishing Service in South Lancashire

Most stone and tile benefit from the protection that a sealer provides to stop dirt becoming ingrained into its pores. However, the act of walking on the tile causes wear and this over time will lead to the sealer wearing off and dirt reaching the pores; the worse thing is you rarely notice it happening because it takes a long time to wear down a sealer. Most of my customers have this problem and call on me to clean and reseal the floors every few years when it becomes difficult to clean

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A good flooring underlayment will help to deaden the sound of the room and will also serve as a water barrier. This added protection will help guard against the floor warping in the future. Installing an underlayment for your floor is a very easy process that can be done as a precursor to your final flooring.

Materials Needed

  • Underlayment material
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet tape
  • Measuring Tape

Step One – Measure Room
Before you head off to the hardware store, measure your room to find the square footage. You will need this when you purchase the underlayment. Typical underlayment comes in 100 sq. ft. roles, but this can vary according to the type of underlayment you choose. Some manufacturers have their own underlayment that they recommend for their laminate flooring. However, there are several different kinds to choose from with different thicknesses. Ask the hardware store clerk which type of underlayment you will need.

Step Two – Prepare Area
Take some extra time to clean the floor of the room you are going to lay the underlayment in. Completely clean off the subfloor of any debris, dirt, rocks, or anything else that can move around and cause tears in the underlayment. If there are any scratches, or holes in the subfloor, now is a good time to fill them with leveling compound or putty. Sweep the floor and give it a good scrubbing. Let the floor dry completely.

Step Three – Lay Down First Row
Start in the corner of the room where you are going to start laying down your laminate flooring. Unroll the first line of underlayment. Use a utility knife to cut it near the opposite wall. Begin laying down your first row of laminate flooring. If your underlayment is thin it will tend to shift and slide while you are laying down the actual flooring. This will cause problems with bumps and areas of the subfloor that are left uncovered. Once the first few rows of flooring has been installed, then you can continue with the underlayment.

Step Four – Cover Subfloor
As each new row of flooring is put down, you can continue rolling out the underlayment for the next row. Connect each new row of flooring underlayment to the next by covering the seams with carpet tape. If you do not have enough in one roll to finish a complete row, then simply roll out another where that one leaves off and connect with the carpet tape.

Once the entire floor is completed you will notice that the floor has a certain spring to it instead of being hard and rigid. If you notice that the flooring is bulging in some spots, or starting to pull apart, then it might be the flooring underlayment. It might have shifted as you were laying that row and didn’t notice it. You will have to pick up the flooring into order to fix it.

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