Travertine is the best and favoured building material since the dawn of civilisation and was also opt by the Romans to construct the Coliseum. Modern business practices have made the production of travertine easier and thriftier, and nowadays it easily available for the flooring options.
Acid products are very harmful to Travertine
As we, all know travertine is made from water; it performs great in wet environment, so travertine is ideal for bathroom and wet rooms. The main characteristics of travertine is that it is full of holes. Due to calcium carbonate properties in it, travertine is very sensitive to acid, similar to marbles. It gives travertine the ability to bring up shine, but on the other hand makes it more exposed to staining.
As soon as any acidic substance comes in contact with travertine it will etch. The reason could be your household cleaner. The more amount of acidic liquid, the faster etching takes place. However, do not worry we have a solution to remove etch marks. Only polishing can help you to remove etch marks.
Travertine can be ‘filled’ or ‘unfilled’
1. Unfilled Travertine
Unfilled travertine creates a wonderful rustic look feel to any environment. Tiles are laid in an aperiodic design and you will find grout-joints are larger than normal, portraying a natural stone look. Due to the holes and large grout-joints, dirt will get settled into it. Unfilled travertine is high-maintenance option and if you want your floor to be in top condition, you need to re-seal it 1-2 times a year.
Pro maintenance tip: We recommend, take the dust from tiles and epoxy resin and fill the holes. Holes can get bigger in coming time-period if not treated. You can seal it using tropical seal. You might be thinking it will ruin the look of flooring. Did I read your mind? Don’t worry penetrating seal will not alter the appearance of your tile, leaving the natural stone look?
Topical seal will give glazed finish to your floor but will help prevent dirt getting collected in the grout-lines and holes. Five star carpet & tile care experts recommend topical seal in high traffic areas.
2. Filled Travertine
In filled travertine, the holes have been filled at industry. They are made with more variable forms with much thin grout lines. It can be polished up to a high shine and is estimated easier to maintain. Travertine which are filled should only be sealed with penetrating seals which gives you time to clean the spill before it seeps into the stone.
Best tips on caring for your filled or unfilled Travertine tile floor
- Dust daily with a dry mop or vacuum. Mainly on high trafficked areas.
- Wet mop with a pH neutral stone cleaner diluted in warm water once a week.
- Rinse with a separate mop until all remnants of the soap is removed.
- Buff dry with a white cloth
Test to see if your travertine floor needs to re-seal by pouring a small amount of water on it. If the water disappears this is a good indication the seal has broken down. You can also call the best tile and grout cleaning company in Palm Desert to help you out in tile and grout cleaning services. As they have better techniques and tools to deal with.
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