Why would new honed travertine need honing to look good?
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 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 sealer. What’s the truth?