Learn About Travertine
Travertine is a luxurious natural stone used in homes and businesses. Most of today’s travertine comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico. It is installed on flooring, showers, countertops, backsplashes, and other decorative surfaces.
Travertine is a form of limestone. It is a sedimentary rock formed by an accumulation of calcium carbonate and other minerals dissolving in ground water and deposited by rivers and natural springs on the earths surface. Over time, travertine transforms due to the heat in the earth’s core and water rising as the steam forms hot springs. The cooling process and minerals give travertine it’s unique variations and veining. The holes and texture in travertine are caused by sediment deposits, making it different in appearance from limestone.
Travertine is a calcium-based stone, sensitive to acidic products and can become dulled or etched by food, drink and certain cleaning products. Avoid any cleaning products that you would not use on your hands or are not specifically made for natural stone.
The hardness of travertine varies and comes in diverse finishes, from tumbled, honed, and polished to chiseled, filled and unfilled. In its natural state, travertine is porous with many visible natural holes, often filled with stone-fill material, resins, and epoxy from the factory. During this process, polishing powders tend to accumulate in the holes and pores of the stone and can make the initial clean-up difficult after installation. Because travertine is sensitive and has filled holes, this stone should be cleaned professionally in order to prevent unnecessary damage.
Whether on flooring, showers or countertops, we clean travertine tile.
Our process for cleaning travertine consists of using equipment and machinery specifically designed for natural stone, as well as hand washing the corners, edges and hard to reach areas. We use a combination of neutral pH cleaners and degreasers that are safe for your stone, your family and the environment. We ensure the most thorough and detailed cleaning possible. Improper or aggressive cleaning can cause damage by opening the pores of the stone, making it more susceptible to staining from pet accidents, dirty mop water, spills, and grime/asphalt from shoe traffic. Our 18+ years of experience with travertine and knowledge of the stone itself will avoid these issues. As with all of our work, our technicians move most furniture excluding breakable and smaller items. We pay close attention to detail and ensure there is no dust and no mess created. We are extremely careful not to cause any damage to adjacent surfaces such as walls, baseboards, cabinets, appliances and carpets.