About Travertines

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What is Travertine?

This stone is a member of the limestone family. Made of calcium carbonate, travertine forms near hot springs or warm springs. It is formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from pools, streams, and other surface waters. It is also formed near the opening of limestone caves or hot springs, where it later forms stalagmites, stalactites, and other formations.

 

How Travertine is used for Residential and Commercial Projects?

Travertine has been used for many construction projects for both commercial and residential customers. Travertine can be used for flooring, cladding on buildings, counter tops, and also as tiling in showers. Travertine is a natural stone that can have an organic feel and is highly durable.

 

What are the Characteristics of Travertine?

Travertine comes in various colours, including ivory beige, walnut, and, sometimes, gold. Unfilled, this allows the natural stone to reflect its natural fissures and holes.

 

What are the Different Finishes for Travertine?

Travertine can be filled or unfilled, polished, honed or brushed.

Travertine can be sanded and the holes filled for a smoother appearance.

Travertine when brushed, gives the travertine a rough looking appearance, while still preserving its natural attributes. This also makes it a versatile stone for many projects from flooring, backslashes, tiling, showers, fireplaces and more. This is why travertine is ideal for commercial, architectural design projects, and also homeowner applications.

 

Care and Cleaning of Travertine Stone

Travertine can be easy to clean. However, its finish can easily be etched by acidic substances, such as wine, tomato juice, lemon juice, vinegar and coffee. Travertine can easily be cleaned with warm water and mild dish detergent once a month.

In order to keep travertine flooring looking nice throughout a house, business, or commercial attraction, you or your cleaning staff  should dry mop it, sweep, or vacuum it daily to pick up debris. Special cleaners for the stone may also be used to keep your travertine tiles and flooring looking nice.

 

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