Your first question might be what exactly is Travertine? It is a type of limestone that is all natural, usually found near mineral springs, especially hot springs. The colors that are most common for Travertine are usually a tan or beige, though it can be found in white, cream, and even a burnt sienna. Due to its beauty and durability, it is a popular source of building material with indoor flooring, throughout patios, and even within landscaping. It is very common, and popular choice to be used outdoors of homes throughout the patio and other landscaping needs. Besides being used indoors for flooring, another use for it is within accent walls or fireplaces. Though Travertine is a stone, and a popular one at that, it does have care needs to have full advantage of its beauty and longevity, so having it cleaned frequently is a necessity.
There are many things to consider and be aware of if choosing to use Travertine within your home. Being aware of what can harm as well as take care of it is up most important. Travertine is one of the more tricky natural stone to take care of, as it is sensitive to any type of acidic liquids ranging from soft drinks to chemical cleaners. If you have thoughts of using it outdoors, especially around bodies of water such as a small pond or fountain or even a pool, it is best to know the precise care that is needed. If there is a lack or maintenance or leaving travertine unfinished cause leave it open to becoming scratched from heavy furniture and eventually deteriorating the stone itself.
Even though travertine has its own vulnerabilities, this shouldn’t prevent you from being open to using it where you desire. There are many ways to help protect and give longevity to travertine. To ensure that your travertine retains its natural beauty, coating it with a sealant is essential. Doing this will help prevent a harm coming to the stone such as a harmful chemical, natural elements, spills, scratches, and more. Sealant must be greatly required if you wish to use travertine in an area where daily wear and tear can happen. There are a couple different types of finishes that can be in sealant, one where it gives a natural finish that is almost a matte type look to it, or one that gives it natural shine or glossy to the surface. Make sure to ask on how long the finish of your choice is guaranteed for before making your decision.
Besides making sure to have a sealant applied to your travertine, another necessity needed is to have travertine cleaned. The process of cleaning travertine is one that needs to be handled delicately due to it being sensitive to chemicals. Using chemicals to clean the stone could cause not only decoration, but also for it to age prematurely. If you wish to clean travertine yourself, all you would need is either a soft sponge or cloth, and possibly a mild stone cleaner. It is important that you sweep and mop travertine regularly as well as to make sure if anything spills, that it is cleaned up immediately. If for some reason there are stains or spots on the travertine that using a soft cloth or sponge and mild stone cleaner will not remove, it is best to reach out to professional natural stone cleaner to come out and if they can eliminate or possibly reduce the appearance of the stain.
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Floor ReNew Houston
Natural Stone Restoration
4530 W. 34th Street Suite C
Houston, TX 77092