Travertine Cleaning & Restoration
Travertine is a very common natural stone found in many homes and properties throughout the world. It is a warm and inviting material that is neutral in color (earth tones), and works with any homes’ theme. Some people prefer the more formal look of a polished travertine, but many enjoy a more natural look in a honed or matte’-finish.
Travertine natural stone is a form of Limestone.
Most often travertine is formed by mineral-rich hot springs. Gas bubbles become trapped in the core of the material and create a pitted surface on the stone. These appear in the form of holes, or pores.
These holes can be filled with different substances to give it a solid look, which is less prone to rapid soiling. A filled travertine is more commonly found inside homes, and an un-filled state is more commonly found in patios and pool-decks (for better traction).
Travertine, in general, tends to attract dirt which makes it harder to keep clean. All of those little holes and pores absorb grit, dirt and liquids. This is why regular marble polishing services are necessary to help clean, preserve, and maintain your stone. Call 5 Star Cleaning & Restoration for your free estimate – or send us an email!
Additionally, travertine is a calcareous stone. It is very reactive to acid and alcohol-based liquids, commonly found in household items such as alcohol & wine, citric acid, vinegar, and many cleaning products. These types of acids will create etch-marks (commonly referred to as “water-marks”) and will leave dull impressions, spots, and rings on the stone’s surface.
Can you remove stains?
What most people consider “stains” are usually etch marks. However sometimes you find that there are stubborn discolorations inside the stone. These are actual stains. Most stains are removed by “do it yourself” remedies commonly known as a “Poultice.” Sometimes they can be fixed with a marble polishing compound. When you have any of these issues, contact and possibly hire a professional.
Since travertine is similar to limestone, it varies in hardness, density, and porosity. Just like any natural stone, some are harder than others.
Despite being “stone,” travertine is actually a soft material. As you will find out when living with it, you will eventually create scratch and scuff marks on the surface. The majority of “normal living wear-and-tear” type scratches will hone or polish away with professional services, such as honing or diamond grinding. Other times the tiles may need to be replaced, depending on the depth of the damage.
What else is Travertine used for?
Since travertine stone is cut in all different sizes, from small mosaic squares, to 36″ long tiles, to huge slabs, it is used for many architectural items, such as: walls, kitchen back splashes, vanities, counter-tops, sinks, floors, mosaics, columns, statues, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds, and end tables.
Despite its susceptibility to etching, stains, and scratches, travertine is used for kitchen counter-tops, bars and bathroom vanities. Do your own research and consider your particular “lifestyle” before using any stone in your kitchen and bathroom-areas.
Types of Finishes
A honed-finish is the most popular type of finish for travertine. It is not shiny at all. This particular finish looks very natural and wears well for this stone. Etch marks are easily concealed with this type of finish as well. A honed-finish can also produce a slight and a natural sheen if so desired.
A polished-finish is also possible with this stone. Many hotel and condominium lobbies, as well a private residences use this finish for its reflectivity. It tends to open up a room and brighten it as well, when there is nearby natural light. The downside is that scratches and etch-marks are very visible with this sheen, and it definitely requires more professional up-keep.