What is Travertine?
Travertine is a form of naturally-occurring limestone that’s usually found near mineral springs, particularly hot springs. While the stone is most commonly found in tan and beige, it also occurs naturally in white, cream, and a burnt sienna color. Travertine is most often used a building material, and is a sedimentary and porous rock type.
The Importance of Caring for Travertine
If you have travertine in your home or on your property, taking care of it is important to its longevity. Travertine cleaning is tricky because the stone can be harmed by all acidic liquids and materials, ranging from soft drinks and juice to chemical cleaners and chlorine. For those homeowners who have chosen travertine as their patio material surrounding a pool or pond, proper care and maintenance is even more critical. Furthermore, travertine is easy to etch and scratch, meaning that heavy patio furniture – especially when not finished and/or maintained – can quickly damage travertine stone.
How to Clean Travertine Tile
Travertine is a very soft stone, and using certain cleaning methods and chemicals can cause deterioration and premature aging of the stone. Much more delicate than other types of stone, like granite, cleaning travertine requires extra care. To clean travertine use a soft sponge or cloth – never use harsh or abrasive cleaners. You can use water or a mild stone cleaner when cleaning. Additionally, make sure you sweep and mop travertine tiles frequently, and also wipe up spills on travertine immediately. If you have stains on your stone, contact one of our service professionals today!
Seal Travertine Tiles – Sealant is a Must!
Travertine is one of the most popular stones in all of Italy, and is beautiful when cared for properly. To ensure that your travertine stays as gorgeous as it should be, getting your travertine stone tiles sealed is essential. Sealing travertine protects it from the elements, spills, harsh chemicals, scratches, salt, chlorine, and more. Everyday wear and tear in high traffic areas can take its toll on travertine floors; a protective stone sealant is essential. We recommend travertine sealing with our Stone Show line of sealants for best results.
We have two travertine sealing finishes to choose from: a natural finish that appears mostly matte and an enhanced sheen stone sealer with a glossier appearance. The natural finish and enhanced sheen finish comes with a 2 year written guarantee. If for any reason the sealant on your travertine stone needs attention, we’ll come out to your home and re-seal it one time.