Natural stone is an extremely durable substance which has been used in stone flooring for hundreds of years; nevertheless, an occasional crack might appear after a certain amount of wear and tear. This doesn't mean that your beautiful stone tiles are ruined, however: stone flooring can be restored to its former glory in a few simple steps – and what's more, it doesn't require an expert to carry out the job, either.
As with any DIY job, preparation is key. Firstly, if you're repairing just a single crack, check the whole of the stone flooring for other chips and cracks; these might as well be repaired while you're at it. Repairing smaller cracks discourages them from widening further and will make their repair work less noticeable.
Next, thoroughly clean the cracks using a scrubbing brush, as large cracks will naturally harbour dirt, being careful not to scrub too hard as you could damage the finish of any undamaged stone tiles. After scrubbing the tiles, either sweep or hoover the room to remove any excess dust particles.
Once the stone flooring is prepared, it's time to fill any cracks using a suitable filling agent such as grout, epoxy or tile caulk. The key to creating a really professional repair is choosing a colour which as closely matches your natural stone tiles as is possible; for example, Travertine is an excellent tile for stone flooring due to its durability and aesthetic appeal, and has the advantage of being available in many colours, so when it comes to repairing such stone tiles, it's important to use a filling medium which is of a similar colour.
Popular colours of Travertine tiles, and other natural stone tiles, include beiges and ivories through to golds and walnuts. Once the colour has been chosen, make up the mixture as per the instructions on the pack, and then press it into the crack; do not overfill the gap as this will create a bump - it should sit flush with the top of the tile. Use a sponge or wet cloth to clean off any excess mixture. Make sure that no one steps on the repair until it has hardened – you don't want a footprint in your newly restored floor!
Stone tiles come in a range of finishes, such as polished, matt, textured or brushed. If possible, try to add the same look to your filling you've used; you may need to use a specialist polish or sealant to do so, but this will really add the finishing touch to your stone flooring restoration.
At The Stone Gallery, it's not just the tiles that we can supply you with: we can also help you to find the right sealant and fillers to make the necessary repairs to any unsightly cracks. From specialist Travertine tile fillers through to crackle glaze sealant, and even a big helping of friendly advice, you will find it on hand at The Stone Gallery. What's more, if you have any additional tile needs, you'll be able to browse the one million in-stock tiles at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, also part of the Art of Living group on the Sampson Business Park - everything you need for DIY projects in the one place.