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About Travertine

Overview

Travertine is a member of the limestone family. Made of calcium carbonate, travertine forms near hot springs. It is formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from pools, streams, and other surface waters.

Characteristics of Travertine

In its original state, there are naturally occurring holes throughout. Part of travertine’s unique appeal is that it is available in two distinct forms — filled and unfilled. In “filled” travertine, a color-matched or clear epoxy material is used to fill the holes, giving the stone a smooth finish. Unfilled, this allows the natural stone to reflect its natural fissures and holes, giving a rustic and earthy feel. Travertine comes in various colours, including ivory beige, walnut, red, and, sometimes, gold.

Characteristics of Travertine

In its original state, there are naturally occurring holes throughout. Part of travertine’s unique appeal is that it is available in two distinct forms — filled and unfilled. In “filled” travertine, a color-matched or clear epoxy material is used to fill the holes, giving the stone a smooth finish. Unfilled, this allows the natural stone to reflect its natural fissures and holes, giving a rustic and earthy feel. Travertine comes in various colours, including ivory beige, walnut, red, and, sometimes, gold.

Applications

Despite its appearance, Travertine is a highly popular natural stone that can be used for flooring, cladding on buildings, counter tops, and also as tiling in showers. Travertine is a natural stone that has an organic feel and is highly durable.

Care + Maintenance

Contrary to popular belief, Travertine can be easy to clean. Travertine can easily be cleaned with warm water, brush, mild dish detergent once a month. Daily sweeping or vacuuming is recommended to keep the surface looking its best. However, its finish can easily be etched by acidic substances, such as wine, tomato juice, lemon juice, vinegar and coffee.