Cleaning Travertine

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  1. Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail New Member

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    I am just starting out in the hard surface business. Can I clean travertine using my turbo spinner with the brush attachment? I did a search but could not find a answer. I appreciate any help.
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    Just cleaning? yes alkaline solution and spinner.
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    Yes, just cleaning. What PSI and water temp should I use?
    Thanks
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    I would do 700 - 800 psi and 180 dg. I only use enough to get the right results

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    Awesome! Thank you both for your help.
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    I'd start out at 500 psi, then move up as needed. Travertine is soft and will etch easier than you think. If its a flat finish, you can prescrub with Nyla grit or green pad. All dirt and stains will turn into a slurry an steam away at low pressure after that. Glossy finish needs to be rehoned.
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    I don't even know where to begin with this... It sounds like you really need to see if Rob Fairfield is doing a class near you... ;)
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    If you are just starting out, i would suggest taking a class of some kind on hard surface.
    Most importantly, Travertine is calcium filled, so NO acids, unless you are trying to "etch"
    Stay with "Neutral" stone and tile cleaners, and Water only rinses.
    If you are going to be using your turbo w/ a TM, make sure you are using a brush ring with it.
    As stated travertine is soft and WILL scratch easily.
    Learning to properly "pre-Qualify" is always a good idea...Knowing what to look out for.
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    700-800 ATM should be ok.... You will need that much to turn the spinner. As far as heat... I don't think there is a limit... Using Rob Fairfield's quote "It's a rock!"
    If it is damaged, it CAN be fixed!
    I should have stated sooner that most of these rules apply to "other than acrylic finished tumbled".
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    Travertine is soft sweep floor first.. If a pebble, glass or something gets in the brush it will scratch across floor.
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    Dont think anyone mentioned that you should only use the brush ring with your spinner. the teflon ring will scratch the stone. Use a non residue alkaline cleaner and rinse between 500 and 800 psi. watch out with higher pressure not to blast out any fillers if they are present.
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    I took a class in your neighborhood with Modern Stone at the Monterrey tile store. They did a great job teaching us how to grind, hone and polish all kinds of natural stone. We used a deck brush and grout brush to clean before grinding. I just wanted advise on using my spinner to clean the floor first. I appreciate everyone's comments and help.
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    Yes with the brush ring. No with a teflon ring. NO ACID. Oh and dont sit in one place while you have the trigger pulled
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    We did this Travertine a couple of weeks ago.
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    what are you coating it with?
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    Never replies to any questions when asked. dont think I have ever seen anyone apply something to stone with a shop broom but hey we will never know because john is secretive;)
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    I gladly reply to questions when I see them.....:rolleyes:

    We applied a lithium silicate hardener to the travertine to harden it, then polished it, the only thing we applied after that was a NanoGuard to fill the holes, but we leave NO COATING on the stone at all when finished, let it breathe!
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    Maybe I am behind the times here but why would you "harden" travertine? is this the same hardner you used on that vct a few weeks back? sorry not trying to be a hardass but i did ask about the vct process several times and you never responded. I have been doing stone for years and never heard of anyone hardning it. what is the purpose of this?
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