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Unread 07-27-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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New travertine feels gritty and dusty

I have had a 650 sf project of new travertine (honed) installed (not sealed yet).
There is a lot of dust and a gritty feeling to it. I have microfibered, and washed with a water only mop, however the gritty feeling remains and is dusty to the touch. I would like to clean this up more before having it sealed. Will this go away once sealed- or is this normal?
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Unread 07-28-2013, 05:12 AM   #2
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Before sealing travertine i use my buffer,some stone cleaner and either a red or brown pad to knock down filler residue and bring out some shine.

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You can also try the 'swish and suck' method;

1- Using fresh water, mop the surface with a lot of water. You might want to add just a drop or two of Dawn dishwashing liquid to a 5 gallon bucket. More is NOT better. The mop is there to mechanically remove the dirt. The water dissolves. The soap keeps the dirt in suspension until it can be vacuumed away.

2- Have someone following right behind you with a shop vac complete with the wet attachment to suck up the water, grit, and dirt before it has a chance to set back on the tiles.

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Unread 07-28-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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Hi Kal, Welcome!

Since this is a large area floor, I strongly suggest you follow Dave's recommendation with a floor machine, hogs hair/brown/green pad (or a honing brush), tile & stone specific neutral pH cleaner, and a wet vac.

Yes, this will go away after it's properly cleaned. The sealing itself won't make it go away. Proper cleaning prior to sealing is critical.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 03:31 PM   #5
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I agree with john just wanted to add a diamond impregnated pad (400g) and or some honing powder not necessarily in that order will smooth the stone like a babies behind.
Then clean it well dry and seal.
Keep in mind most travertine aren't all that porous.
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