How to Enhance Honed Travertine Tile


Honed travertine tile is an attractive addition to any home. Like other natural stones, travertine is porous and should be sealed against staining and etching with an impregnating sealer. This sealer will protect your stone, without changing its color or characteristics. If you think your stone is too light in color, does not have enough variation, or looks better when it is wet, enhance your stone with a secondary sealer. This will deepen the colors and variation of your stone, while adding to stain protection. Choose a matte sealer to ensure that the honed appearance of your stone does not change.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam paintbrush
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Seal the tiles with a clear, impregnating sealer. Paint the tiles with the sealer, using a foam paintbrush, allow the sealer to penetrate for one hour and then wipe up the excess with a lint-free cloth.

  • Test a small area of the travertine with the enhancing sealer. The enhancer should darken the color of the stone, brightening any undertones and enhancing variation. Test to make sure you like this enhancement before applying the sealer to the rest of the stones.

  • Apply the enhancing sealer to the honed travertine tiles by painting the surface of the tiles with sealer, using a foam paintbrush. Take care not to get the sealer on the grout. Impregnating sealers will help protect the grout, but enhancing sealers will give your grout an uneven sheen, so apply the sealer to the travertine carefully.

  • Buff off the enhancing sealer with a lint-free cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • When your stone needs to be resealed, you will only need to apply the second, enhancing sealer to the stone.

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