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Old 02-25-2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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Grouting Travertine Backsplash

Recently built a home for myself, need to install a tile backsplash in my Kitchen and found a 3"x6" travertine tile that I like the looks of. The tile will run from counter to underside of upper cabinets. Many of the tiles have pits in them up to 1/4" in size. Debating whether to butt the tiles tight with no grout line, or grout and fill in pits. The tiles look fine butted together, but I'm not sure about serviceability. On the other hand, not sure about the look of filling in the pits with grout. I'm a carpenter by trade, wanted to get thoughts from someone that does tile for a living. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:32 PM   #2
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Re: Grouting Travertine Backsplash

Being a backsplash not grouting it should not be an issue. You will need to seal it well.

Real question is (making an assumtion for humor)----which does your wife prefer.......



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If you think it looks fine don't grout but still needs to sealed. You can ask your partners opinion but opinions don't matter unless they're the ones paying you.

I've learned not to follow my spouses advice because she's always wrong which makes me always right. We both know I'm always right but I'll ask for her opinion just to remind her.
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Re: Grouting Travertine Backsplash

Tumbled travertine is a brutal choice for a backsplash. Been there, done that. It stains very easily so double sealing is necessary and the tiles around the stove will still be susceptible to grease or tomato stains.

You can grout it with a bag or with a refillable caulk canister but you will need to be very careful tooling the joints. It's a very slow process.

My advice is to go with filled and polished travertine or, better yet, find a porcelain that has a travertine look.
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