It adds a unique feel and texture to almost any room or tile floor in the house.
We have it in our kitchen – along the backsplash area of our countertop.
However, I’ve learned firsthand that keeping your Travertine surfaces looking their best requires some extra attention when it comes to cleaning… and sealing.
These tips will help you keep your Travertine looking great for years Scottsdale…
Do You Really Want Travertine?
Stone countertops, shower tile, and flooring are attractive options in homes these days.
Just keep in mind — particularly when it comes to countertops — that Granite is much denser and harder than Travertine.
In terms of hardness, Travertine is about as hard as Marble, but not as hard as Granite.
Since Travertine is so much more porous than Marble or Granite, its use as countertop material isn’t nearly as common. Still, when cared for properly, Travertine countertops can, indeed, add a beautiful touch to a modern kitchen or bathroom.
I absolutely love it for our kitchen backsplash, but I’m glad that we started small and didn’t go all out with Travertine just yet. (Maybe in our next home!)
Travertine is highly susceptible to heat, scratching, staining, and acidity, and is not recommended for kitchen projects. Source
Travertine is also an extremely popular choice for walls and floors. It comes in tiles of various sizes, shapes, and colors specifically for that purpose.
The point here is to simply choose your stone materials wisely. Travertine may not be the best option in all cases.
Caring For Travertine
When you own Travertine, regular and intensive maintenance is required.
Travertine has pits, depressions, and craters — all characteristics that make the look of Travertine so appealing.
The downside is these irregularities tend to collect dirt, dust, and grime.
Since Travertine is a porous stone, it’s also sensitive to acidic products like citrus, soft drinks, coffee, and wine. Oils, juices, and even abrasive cleaners will absorb very quickly into Travertine and can leave a permanent stain. Make sure to be sealing the travertine floor after deep cleaning scottsdale az. Call for a free demo 6022149858.
To keep Travertine looking good, it’s important that you:
- Come up with a regular cleaning schedule for your Travertine surfaces… and stick to it.
- Protect the surface at all times: use placemats, coasters, and trivets to protect the surface from hot and cold items.
- Clean up all spills immediately. Blot, don’t rub, in order to prevent pushing the spill further into the pores of the material.
- Use a cleaner that is safe for Travertine — not ammonia, bleach, or other general household cleaners. Cleaners must be “safe for natural stone”.
- Make sure that the entire Travertine suface is well sealed… and repeat the process annually.
As odd as it may seem, when learning how to clean Travertine — shower or kitchen-installed — a vacuum cleaner is a major component of the process. Consider the minute and sometimes not so small pores of the stone, and it only makes sense that suctioning out debris, dust and even skin flakes is a necessary first step. Source
Best Travertine Cleaners
First, determine whether your Travertine surface is:
- Polished Travertine (shiny) – The glossiest finish with the most color choices. It’s also the most resistant to stains and usually does not need to be re-sealed.
- Honed Travertine (matte) – This is the most common Travertine finish in homes. With honed Travertine, those etch marks that you hear can be so troubling aren’t such a concern — thanks to the dull, matte texture needs sealing.
- Tumbled Travertine / Brushed Travertine (textured) – Small pieces of marble or granite are tumbled against the Travertine to create a unique texture. With textured Travertine, you typically need a color enhancer to bring out the shades and tints also needs sealing scottsdale.