Good morning bb512,
Thanks for your concern, and thank you for visiting the city!
It appears like you have done your homework about preparing yourfor installation.
You are positively correct with regards to sealing your tile before grouting, as omitting this task (as if you stated your self) can and will bleed to the tile. Of all normal stones, travertine is an extremely great option, nonetheless it takes cautious prep work to ensure it will probably install precisely and look like a professional put it in.
Anytime you tend to be installing any natural stone tile, it is crucial you secure the tiles tops and edges before you decide to also install all of them.
Indeed, all tiles that are quarried (natural stone) require you to seal before set up. I know it may look like an extra action, but you will thank your self if you'ren't performing back-breaking cleansing and elimination of mortar/grout on them afterwards.
If mortar or grout gets into natural rock tiles, it's next-to-impossible getting them completely, causing additional time and cash invested in your backsplash.
Therefore, sealing tiles before guarantees no tile adhesive, grout, or dust will seep to the those areas of the tile. The second time you secure your tile, is following the grout is dried, as with any tile install job. And just like other tile installs, be sure to cleanse the mortar/adhesive as rapidly and effectively possible as soon as the tiles are set.
You asked about stopping grout from filling the holes inside travertine, and extremely, its up to you if you desire all of them to be filled in or otherwise not. For flooring, most professionals fill them in with a high-quality grout. Feamales in high-heeled shoes never fare perfectly with holes in a tile flooring :smileysurprised:
Since this is actually for a backsplash, you could make a decision to go out of all of them as is or have them filled in, the choice is entirely yours.
While i shall say it can look advisable that you fill the holes if you(when it is analogous), maintaining the holes undamaged will showcase the natural appearance of the tile.
Maintain the holes within the travertine, the best way to achieve this should cautiously install the grout joints with a little grout float and work with a tiny part at any given time, ensuring the holes are not becoming filled. While I'm aware you might have some holes becoming filled nearby the side of the tile, you can make a range of how much to go out of in or out. If any grout has actually accidentally filled in a hole inside tile, merely use aand heated water once the grout was used.
Have great lighting in the region you are working, assuring no grout has actually dried-up and also you discover it later on. While I've heard of individuals making use of caulks and petroleum jelly to pay for the hole temporarily, this could stain the tile. For that reason, just play it safe and grout in small parts to make sure you have got a great clean surface you desire.
If any grout haze otherwise residue remains regarding tile, and also you did not catch it with time, using a grout haze remover works ideal for sealed travertine tiles. I hope this isn't a product you'll be using, since travertine has more nooks-and-crannys than typical tile, you'll be giving added attention when removing the grout as soon as it dries.
Shown below, utilize this as long as any continuing to be excess grout is in the tiles.
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