What is Travertine?
Travertine is a special type of limestone that is formed from calcareous remains of plants and animals. This special type of stone can be left in its natural state and does not need to be polished. Travertine varies in hardness and can be etched by acids. It is porous and features many visible holes that are often filled with epoxy to prevent damage. Polishing powders are usually avoided because they tend to accumulate in these natural holes and can make clean-up very difficult. Because travertine is a soft stone and usually has epoxy-filled holes, it should never be cleaned at pressures above 800 PSI.
Travertine is a popular natural stone that is commonly used for paving patios or garden paths. It is characterized by natural pitted holes and troughs throughout its surface and is available in a variety of colors, from coral-red to grey. Travertine is usually produced in tile sizes and used for floor installations.
What Are the Finish Options for Travertine?
The type of finishes for travertine vary, however many harder types of travertine are capable of being polished to a high gloss finish. It is important to note, however, that this type of stone will never achieve the same glossy finish as marble or granite.
Travertine finishes are typically as follows:
- Polished for a shiny finish
- Honed for a matte finish
- Tumbled for a textured finish
The type of finish the travertine receives will determine how shiny it will be. The most common finish for travertine stone is the honed, or matte, finish.
How is Travertine Properly Maintained?
Because it is very porous, travertine can be easily etched by acids like soft drinks and juice. Other products, like acid-based cleaning chemicals, can also cause etching. Travertine will also absorbs oils and other liquids and is easier to stain than even marble.
To combat against this, travertine is usually not used in a kitchen or bathroom. It should only be cleaned with a neutral cleaner made specifically for sensitive stone. Though it is not recommended, travertine can be used as a countertop surface. However, it is important to note that it is easy to scratch. It does work well as flooring in smaller and less-used spaces.
Travertine should always be sealed with a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. While a homeowner can certainly seal stone, it is something that you want to ensure is done correctly. That is why you should call the experts at Experience Janitorial Services. We can offer you a range of services including:
- Travertine Tile Cleaning
- Travertine Tile Repair
- Travertine Repair
- Travertine Restoration
- Travertine Tile Restoration
- And more!
If you have stunning travertine floors and want to ensure they are fully protected and maintained, call the experts at Experience Janitorial Services.
Why Choose Experience Janitorial Services?
Experience Janitorial Services has proudly served the Orange County area with expert stone restoration and repair services for over 40 years. If you need travertine cleaning in Orange County, turn to the experts at Experience Janitorial Services. We can offer you a range of stone services at the best price around. Call Experience Janitorial Services today and you will gain access to wide range of benefits including:
- Best Prices on Supplies
- Full Service Company
- 24 Hour Service / 7 Days a week
- Great Customer Service
- Licensed, Bonded and Insured
- Trained and Experienced Janitors
Experience Janitorial Services is proud to be known as the area’s most dependable stone service provider. We can back this claim up with a long history of satisfied and pleased clients. With just one phone call, our team can provide you with a quick estimate and tailor our services to meet your budget and needs. We promise that you will get exactly what you want at a price you like. Give us a call today and let us help you make your stone surfaces look like new!