What Is Travertine And How To Care For It

People often ask our stone experts at Tru-Clean Surface Care: Is Travertine a natural stone? Yes, it is!

Travertine is a type of limestone formed on the earth’s surface around mineral hot springs. The minerals suspended in hot water give the stone its rich, warm color and marble-like patterns.

History of this Natural Stone

Travertine was of great importance to ancient Greece and Rome architects and builders and has been a staple in design and construction for hundreds of years.

This versatile stone was used to build temples, aqueducts, baths, roads, and amphitheaters.

In the United States, interior designers, upscale builders, and craftspeople find Travertine very useful for countertops, coffee tables, backsplashes, bathroom showers, and natural stone flooring both inside and outside the home.

Fun Fact:  The most extensive known construction made entirely out of Travertine, a testament to its durability, is the Colosseum in Rome.

Properties of Travertine

The beautifully soft and broad color palette makes Travertine sought after by commercial and residential builders and interior designers. Subdued, mild tones of beige, tan, grey, and off-white elegantly set the background without overwhelming dramatic effects. Also, the placement and size of travertine stone eliminate the grout lines often seen in manufactured ceramic and porcelain tiles.

Warmth and Elegance

Travertine’s hallmark is the sense of age and prestige. Even though the stone is considered a relatively soft material, its durability is unquestionable. The stoneʼs very aesthetic evokes a sense of luxury and quality, and its look by distinctive scratches, little cracks, and small holes throughout its surface. The natural finish regales the eye with the traditionally charming small blemishes and chips.

Travertine is used indoors and outdoors on flooring, walls, bathrooms, pool decks, patios, driveways, countertops, and backsplashes. Its porosity offers a unique advantage: it is the only natural stone that is not slippery when wet, making it an excellent solution for pool areas, bathrooms, and outdoor patios.

Travertine Care

Travertine is considered relatively soft and thus prone to gradual etching and staining as a sedimentary stone. The same applies to Travertine as it does for marble; it is best to wipe off the spills and only use a natural stone cleaner such as Pro-Clean to keep your travertine floors looking their very best.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a Stone PRO Expert, and a surpHaces Certified PRO Partner. We are experts in Travertine, marble, and other natural stone cleanings, polishing, repair, and sealing.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. Our cleaning solutions are allergen-free and safe for pets and infants.

Tor all of your travertine cleaning, polishing, repair, or sealing needs, give us a call any time at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.  Tru-Clean Surface Care services all of Lee, Collier, and Charlotte County and we offer FREE quotes.

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