TRAVERTINE HONING

The term honing is often used in a variety of ways. Travertine honing is simply the finishing of your newly installed travertine tile. Hire the Travertine experts to care for your Travertine tile.

TRAVERTINE FLOOR TILE IS USUALLY SOLD AS:

  • honed and filled
  • honed and unfilled
  • tumbled
  • tumbled, brushed and polished

Honed and filled travertine tile has the natural holes on the surface of the tile filled with a material that is very dense and has the ability to shine. Honing refers to an abrasiveA substance used to sand, scour, scrub, smooth or polish by removal of the original material. The amount of material removed is determined by the size of the abrasive particles used (ie: grit) Sandpaper, scouring powders & steel wool are examples of abrasives. process used during the milling of the tile.

Dictionaries typically assign two definitions to the term:

  • Main Entry: 2hone
  • Function: transitive verb
  • Inflected Form(s): honed; hon – ing
  • Date: 1798

#1: to sharpen or smooth with a whetstone
#2: to make more acute, intense, or effective: whet honeWebster says that Hone or Honing is “the process of sharpening something”, such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry, honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our ” Custom Abrasive Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure for stone. Our different finishes offered have their own categories to aptly describe the resulting shine of the stone…. More her comic timing

New stone is very non-uniform, dull, chalky and dusty looking. A honed stone does not look very sharp or smooth in appearance as the term would suggest. It tends more to a dirty look, which most homeowners consider unattractive rather than practical.

Here’s a typical comment/question from a homeowner:

I’ve just recently purchased a honed travertine floor. The travertine tiles are installed very nicely but the surface of the stones is very rough, very patchy and not at all shiny. It’s kind of chalky almost. When I asked the contractor about this, I was told the floor needed to be honed and sealed.

What I don’t understand: if I just bought a new honed floor why would I need to have someone hone
Webster says that HoneWebster says: "the process of sharpening something", such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry,honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our ” Custom Abrasive Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure fo... or HoningWebster says: "the process of sharpening something", such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry, honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our “Custom Abrasive Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure fo... is “the process of sharpening something”, such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry, honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our ” Custom AbrasiveA substance used to sand, scour, scrub, smooth or polish by removal of the original material. The amount of material removed is determined by the size of the abrasive particles used (ie: grit) Sandpaper, scouring powders and steel wool are examples of abrasives. Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure for stone. Our different finishes offered have their own categories to aptly describe the resulting shine of the stone…. More
it to make it look right? When I asked about a sealer changing the appearance of the travertine they said a penetrating sealer was the correct way to seal the stone, because any change in the look of the stone is a sign of an improper coating
Any sort of topcoat sealer, including enhancers that are over-applied, causing a buildup on the surface.
sealer. What’s the truth?

Answer. So, if honing
Webster says that HoneWebster says: "the process of sharpening something", such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry,honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our ” Custom Abrasive Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure fo... or HoningWebster says: "the process of sharpening something", such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry, honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our “Custom Abrasive Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure fo... is “the process of sharpening something”, such as a tool or skills. In the stone finishing industry, honing has as many different meanings as there are stone finishers honing stone. The finisher may refer to it as a procedure, the tile retailer may refer to it as a look or shine of the stone. The term has become too diluted and over-used to provide and accurate description. We don’t like the term and believe our ” Custom AbrasiveA substance used to sand, scour, scrub, smooth or polish by removal of the original material. The amount of material removed is determined by the size of the abrasive particles used (ie: grit) Sandpaper, scouring powders and steel wool are examples of abrasives. Process” is far more descriptive as a procedure for stone. Our different finishes offered have their own categories to aptly describe the resulting shine of the stone…. More
is a finishing process, why is unfinished stone sold as honed? At Bakers Travertine Power Clean , we prefer to stay away from the term honed to avoid confusion. We prefer to call new travertine unfinished. We’ve developed and defined finishing travertine tile by using custom finishes, polished to different levels of shine to suit customer preferences.

THE THREE LEVELS OF SHINE ARE:

  • Satin
  • Medium Shine
  • Glossy

satin finishA low luster glow for Travertine or Limestone. Reflections from overhead lighting and outside light sources are a soft glow. This finish provides a clean even sheen. results when we utilize abrasiveA substance used to sand, scour, scrub, smooth or polish by removal of the original material. The amount of material removed is determined by the size of the abrasive particles used (ie: grit) Sandpaper, scouring powders & steel wool are examples of abrasives. processes to smooth the surface of the stone. The goal is to reduce the surface area as much as possible without opening up any subsurface holes. This gives the stone a clean uniform look and enables a penetrating sealer to perform better. Satin is a low shine finish — not a polishUsing abrasives to make the stone surface so smooth that it reflects light that results in a clear shine..

Our medium polishA custom finish that is definitely a shine, but has no defined stopping point. The shine level can be adjusted to be less or more shiny depending on homeowner taste. uses abrasives as well as proprietary chemical blends to continue the smoothing of the surface. The process actually reduces porosity by reducing surface area and chemically closing some of the microscopic holes. A medium finish involves some polishing, but not as much as a glossy finish.

Glossy finish results when we continue to polishUsing abrasives to make the stone surface so smooth that it reflects light that results in a clear shine. the floor beyond the medium finish.

What is honed and unfilled travertine tile?

Honed and unfilled travertine is sold with the natural holes exposed. The holes are filled with grout during installation.

What is tumbled travertine tile?

Tumbled travertine tile is placed in a machine that agitates it. The process weathers the stone and creates a very textured and extremely porous surface. This gives the stone an aged, old-world look.

Tumbled travertine is almost always sold unfilled. It is common to have many natural holes exposed by the tumbling process.

Brushed and tumbled travertine is tumbled travertine that is finished with a chemical and abrasive
A substance used to sand, scour, scrub, smooth or polish by removal of the original material. The amount of material removed is determined by the size of the abrasive particles used (ie: grit) Sandpaper, scouring powders & steel wool are examples of abrasives.
process that produces a low polish
Using abrasives to make the stone surface so smooth that it reflects light that results in a clear shine.
surface. Brushed and tumble travertine is also almost always sold unfilled. It is a finished stone meaning that a finishing process was applied to it but the stone still needs to be filled with grout and sealed.