What is Travertine?

Travertine is a limestone, or calcium carbonate, that forms in layers around mineral-laden natural hot springs. It is often incorrectly labeled marble, which is a different type of limestone.. It comes in several different colors including ivory, beige, walnut, and gold. It is one of the most versatile natural stones on earth and can have four major finishes: polished (shiny), honed (matte) brushed and tumbled (textured surfaces). The type of finish given to the travertine will determine how shiny the surface will be. The most common finish for travertine is honed. Travertine is most commonly used in facades, showers and floors. It can also be used for countertops but it's not recommended since some food and drinks are acidic that may etch the stone’s surface.

Travertine will add a lifetime of elegance to your home - if it’s properly cared for. So before deciding that travertine stone is the best option for your home, it’s important to understand what’s involved in the cleaning, sealing and maintenance course. It is imperative to know that travertine is porous and is easily stained and etched by acids. The best way to prevent stains is to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away. Use a non-treated dry dust pop to wipe off dust and dirt. Sand, dirt and grit can do the most harm to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor.

In cases of heavily stained and etched travertine surfaces, it is best to contact Marble Doctors. We install, restore, repair and maintain travertine showers, floors, counters, travertine paver pool patios, travertine facades, travertine fire places, we provide services like cutting and installing new travertine, honing, deep cleaning, polishing and sealing, lippage removal, sealing. We also offer travertine maintenance programs. Call us today for a free consultation!