Travertine Honing

A wet-sanding process used on Travertine

What is Travertine honing (also called diamond honing)?    Travertine honing is a sanding process to remove a thin layer of the stone.  The thin layer may be equivalent to the thickness of a fingernail.  All natural stone is mined from the earth and put through a diamond honing process to create a type of hone or polish look.  Over time, the stone will wear down much like wood floors.  We repeat this same process with the diamonds to restore your floors.



What are the advantages of Travertine honing? Travertine honing will remove light scratches and wear, stains, and smells impregnated into the surface of the stone.  Travertine floors become discolored over time.  This discoloration will hide the natural colors and movement within the stone.  Additionally, light scratches or wear can cause a floor to look dull and dirty.   However, these scratches and wear cannot be removed without diamond honing (sanding) past the scratches.  Note that deep scratches can be removed with a diamond grinding process.

Will the Travertine honing create dust?   No, the travertine honing process is done with water to eliminate dust.

Do all companies use the same method for honing travertine?   No, most companies do not invest in diamond pads because they are very exspensive.  The use of these diamond abrasive honing pads is what sets us apart from our competition. 

What are the advatages to using diamond abrasive pads?  Diamond abraisive pads cut the travertine floors flat and perfectly.  At the stone quarry, they use these same diamond abraisives to create the finish and look of Travertine.  With the process of using these pads to restore travertine to new, we can ensure that your travertine will look as good or better then new and will last as long as a new installed floor.  

What if my floor has sever lippage (uneven Travertine tiles)?    Unfortunately, we can not run diamond abrasive pads accross a floor that has too much lippage (uneven tiles).  Since diamonds pads need to cut flat and smooth to get the best look, we will need to remove the lippage first or consider other options.   

I had a company do my travertine floors and they did not look as good as those in your pictures, Why? What was the difference? (I get this question alot)  As more companies begin offering Travertine cleaning services, the quality of the finished product has dropped in recent years.  The main reason is the introduction of diamond impregnated pads, and polishing powders.   Although diamond impregnated pads and polishing powders are not bad by themselves, many companies rely on them alone to restore floors.  These pads and polishes use resins to pop shines and make a floor look good for a few months.   Since we use diamond abraisive pads designed for travertine, your floors will actually wear like a new floor.      

What is the difference of Diamond-impregnated Maintenance pads and the original diamond pads?  Diamond-impregnated maintenance pads buff the surface of your floors.  The original diamond pads remove a thin layer of the stone.  We use diamond restoration pads to ensure your floors look the best they can possibly look when we are finished.  

Will diamond honing remove my lippage?  (Lippage is the term used to describe the unevenness of the tiles.  Typically, travertine and marble tiles should not be higher than the thickness of a credit card.)  No, diamond honing will not eliminate lippage.   However, using the same process, we have more aggressive diamond pads to eliminate the lippage.   In summary, our diamond honing process will remove about a fingernail’s thickness of the stone.  Our diamond grinding process can flatten out a floor.  


  • Here we are diamond honing a marble floor to remove a thin layer of the floor in Arlington.



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