First of all, travertine is warm and beautiful with unique pattern and color characteristics that complements almost any design. But in a way, it is delicate.... Travertine is a natural stone, of course, but not nearly as dense or hard as granite.Travertine will wear well and last forever, however it is sensitive to acidic substances (juice, wine, coffee) so it can etch (dull the polish) rather easily... just like marble and limestone. In fact, travertine, marble and limestone are so similar in composition, chemical and physical characteristics that cleaning procedures and maintenance requirements are essentially the same for all three types of stone scottsdale. That's why you see a link to download our new comprehensive ebook on cleaning marble (and travertine too) at the top of this page. This book details every technique, method and solution along with all the information and answers you'll ever want or need about protecting, maintaining, repairing, restoring and cleaning travertine, marble or limestone. So.... travertine will etch easily, but sealing has nothing to do with and won't prevent etching. Polishing natural stone will give your floor better protection phoenix az.Sealing is to guard against staining. Travertine can stain when honed or tumbled, but polishing travertine is nearly stain-proof and usually doesn't need sealing. You just need to test it to know for sure.
Because of the "etching" issue, travertine is not recommended for you kitchen countertop or heavily used bathroom. Travertine floor tile, however, will be just fine in any room.
Best use of travertine is for powder baths, table tops, tub surrounds, showers, floor tile and stone fireplace surrounds.
Use the following Do's and Don'ts to help you avoid bad habits and establish a safe method for cleaning travertine phoenix.
Also check out the General Care & Cleaning Guide for the best tips on maintaining all types of countertop surfaces and floor tile.
Do: Blot up spills immediately.Travertine is much more sensitive than granite to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletry products and cleaning products that can etch (dull) the polish (shine) or stain the surface.
Do: Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.The only cleaning agents you should use on a regular basis are hot water and a specially formulated stone cleaner/sealer. I recommend STONE PLUS Cleaner. Buff dry with a cotton cloth or chamois. Using a mild soap occasionally (3-4 times a year) for cleaning travertine won’t harm the stone, but consistent use will dull the surface.
Do: Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans. Bottles, cans and glasses with acidic drinks may etch the polish or damage the surface leaving a "glass ring."
So make cleaning & sealing travertine easy and avoid expensive marble polishing and marble restoration by treating your travertine surfaces like fine wood furniture. Always use coasters ...no matter what.
Do: Use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom. A decorative tray can look very nice and it will protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.
Do: Dust mop your travertine floor tile regularly. Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust-mop. Be careful using a vacuum cleaner. Worn parts or grit jammed by the wheels may scratch the surface. Also, mop regularly using a specialized stone cleaner.
Tip: Travertine polishing on floor tile makes a very slick surface, so go with a "honed," "tumbled" or "flamed" floor tile. It will look warm and inviting and hide dust and dirt much better. Also, travertine's distinctive voids and holes can easily be filled upon installation to keep dirt from accumulating. Free Cleaning & honing demo call now Scottsdale az.
Do: Use door mats inside and out along with runners and area rugs.Grit, dirt and sand carried in by our shoes are abrasive and will wear and scratchtravertine floor tile.