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The Do’s and Don’ts Guide To Cleaning Travertine

Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by kenDfw1

Cleaning Travertine Guide

Cleaning travertine is easy… but it’s important to know what you are dealing with. Once you learn about the characteristics of travertine and apply the simple “How To” secrets detailed below your travertine will look fabulous for decades.

TIP: The information provided about etching, staining, cleaning and sealing travertine applies to countertops as well as travertine floor tiles, showers or any other site.

First of all, travertine is a warm and beautiful natural material that will complement almost any design.

Travertine is a stone, of course, but not nearly as dense or hard as granite.

It is durable, wears well and will last lifetimes.

But in a way, it is delicate….

Etching & Staining

Travertine is sensitive to acidic substances (juice, wine, coffee) so it can etch (dull the polish or finish) rather easily… just like marble and limestone.

Travertine can stain as well, but not as easily as commonly thought and stains are controlled with sealing. Note that etching is different from staining which we’ll discuss below in the “Sealing” section.

TIP: travertine, marble, and limestone are so similar in composition, chemical and physical characteristics that cleaning procedures and maintenance requirements are essentially the same for all three types of stone.

That’s why you’ll want to download our comprehensive ebook on cleaning marble (and travertine too). This book details every technique, method and solution along with all the information and answers you will ever want or need about protecting, maintaining, repairing, restoring and cleaning travertine, marble or limestone.

Because of the “etching” issue, travertine is not recommended for your kitchen countertop or a high-use bathroom. Although, a travertine backsplash over the kitchen countertop will look fantastic and won’t be problematic. And travertine flooring will be just fine in any room.

Etching can be repaired on polished (shiny) travertine using this Etch Remover – Marble Polisher, or with DIY methods on a honed or tumbled travertine finish.

Best use of travertine is for powder bathroom vanity tops, table tops, tub surrounds, showers, floor tile and stone fireplace surrounds.

Sealing Travertine

You may have read about sealing your stone and maybe that sealing travertine is a hassle, but I assure you it’s no big deal. Simple as… “wipe on – wipe off”.

The time and cost involved is really inconsequential when compared to how fabulous travertine countertops and floors look in your home — not to mention the added value when compared with other surfaces.

Travertine can stain when honed or tumbled, but polished travertine is nearly stain-proof and usually doesn’t need sealing.

Perform the water test for sealing travertine to determine if a sealer is needed.

Use a top quality penetrating sealer like SenGuard and these Impregnating Sealers to protect your investment when sealing is indicated by testing.

TIP: Sealing travertine tile will guard against “stains” but not “etch marks”. This is generally unknown by most consumers and confusing since people typically call any spot a “stain”. But there is a difference…..

Sealers are applied to protect against “stains” which are a specific type of spot that occurs when a substance absorbs into the stone.

Etching is corrosive damage from contact with acidic foods, drinks or cleaners much like a burn. Because etching is physical damage to the stone a sealer cannot prevent etching.

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