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Stone

Travertine is a sedimentary rock form by the accumulation and precipitation of calcite and carbonate minerals from springs, glaciers, oceans and rivers.  Heat and pressure compress the sediment deposits into layer beds or strata.  The succeeding layers build on the previous layers and the result is inconsistence in color and appearance.  The chemical formation also makes them quite porous and permeable.

The introduction of minerals during its formation gives travertine its many colors.  These minerals can give it anything from an ivory, cream, beige and walnut to gold color.  Red travertine tiles are due to iron compounds. 

Cement or synthetic resins will cover any pores on travertine tiles.  They may also be left unfilled to have a distinguished, unpolished appearance.

Honed (matte) is the most common finish for travertine. Others are polished, brushed and tumbled, or textured surface finish. 

Travertine is used as façade material such as claddings on:

  • Buildings
  • Kitchen Floor Tiles
  • Bathroom Tiles
  • Countertops 
  • Paving For Patios And Garden Paths.

Travertine reacts to acids such as vinegar and citrus juices so consideration must be given on their environment.  Sealers must be applied to keep it protected,

Five Steps of Good Care And Maintenance

  1. Seal after installation. Proper sealing will strengthen the travertine surface, making routine maintenance easier while protecting your stone from damage.
  2. Keep free of dirt and dust.  Both can damage the stone's surface.  Sweeping travertine floors regularly and mopping with warm water can is a must.  With other travertine surfaces use a soft, damp rag or towel.
  3. Clean with cleanser designed for natural stone.  Since travertine is an alkaline-based stone,  any acidic product causes surface damage in the form of etching.  Avoid abrasive cleaners, scouring pads and vinegar.
  4. Wipe up spills immediately, especially citrus-based products like orange juice.  Etching and staining usually occurs upon contact.  To limit the extent of the damage clean spills quickly.  Stains are generally less noticeable with the honed travertine, than the polished or semi-polished varieties.
  5. Use drink coasters, apply felt bottoms to canisters and decorative pieces, before placing them on the stone.    

Read the StoneDimensions Magazine for more applications of stone and why you should consider stone for your building material.

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