Travertine the Durable and Elegant Natural Stone

When it comes to designing or renovating your living space, it is our strong recommendation to opt for materials that are both durable and sophisticated.

Natural stones, such as the elegant travertine, perfectly embody these qualities. Interior designers & contractors are well aware that incorporating stone surfaces into your property is a wise investment, capable of increasing its overall value.

The versatility of natural stone knows no bounds in terms of types, applications, and finishes. You have a myriad of options at your disposal, tailored to factors such as anticipated daily usage, design preferences, maintenance considerations, and budgetary constraints. Among the impressive array of choices including slate, granite, marble, and other alluring stones, travertine stands out as a perennial favorite. However, it is important to note that even this resilient material can exhibit signs of wear over time.

Discovering the Marvel of Travertine

Travertine, a luxurious sedimentary stone primarily comprised of calcium carbonates, forms in the magnificent geothermal environments of hot springs, geysers, and limestone caves. Its color spectrum stretches from tranquil neutrals such as white, beige, and chestnut to lively tones of pink and red, the latter showcasing an elevated iron content.

Travertine emerges as an excellent choice for both residential and commercial spaces, boasting exceptional durability, low density, and a porous structure conducive to effective thermal and sound insulation. It is equally at home indoors, gracing living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, floors, walls, backsplashes, and counters, as well as outdoors, adorning entryways, pool areas, and more. Unquestionably, travertine stands as a symbol of luxury in the realm of natural materials, offering superb value for your investment. It stands up admirably to high traffic areas, requires relatively straightforward maintenance, and comes in an array of exquisite finishes.

A Journey Through Travertine Finishes

Natural travertine, characterized by its distinctive holes and pits, endows surfaces with an engaging rugged texture, ensuring that no two tiles are identical. The classification of travertine hinges on whether these pits have been filled. After quarrying, the stone undergoes various finishes, yielding four primary ready-to-install options:

Tumbled: This finish boasts the most rugged texture, resulting in a non-reflective surface. It exudes an aged, weathered appearance, achieved by tumbling the tiles in a rubber drum filled with water, sand, and rocks. This process softens the tile’s surface and gently rounds the edges.

Brushed: Akin to tumbled travertine, the brushed finish offers a highly textured appearance, achieved through the use of a wire brush. It tends to exhibit muted colors and a subdued sheen.

Honed: The most prevalent finish, honed travertine presents a dulled, almost matte luster. Achieved by polishing the stone flat, it exudes a rustic yet refined charm.

Polished: This finish is characterized by its smooth, flat surface and high-gloss shine. Polished travertine typically showcases richer colors and remarkable stain resistance, though it can be somewhat slippery.

Understanding Travertine’s Vulnerabilities

Despite its resilience, travertine is not impervious to the ravages of wear and tear or inadvertent damage. Several types of harm can befall travertine surfaces:

Etching: Occurring when acidic substances penetrate the stone, etching corrodes the surface. Acids found in substances like wine, vinegar, coffee, or acidic cleaners can cause whitish stains or spots.

Staining: Stains result when a substance permeates the stone, leaving behind a darker mark.

Scratching: Sharp or heavy objects dragged across travertine surfaces pose a substantial risk of scratching or denting.

Mold and Mildew: Consistent exposure to moisture can foster the growth of mold and mildew on travertine surfaces.

Grime Buildup: Particularly evident on pitted travertine, small cracks and pits on the surface can accumulate grime even with proper maintenance.

Mineral Deposits: White, scaly-looking stains often form in areas with hard tap water, where soap residue combines with minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Fortunately, all these forms of damage can be effectively remedied through professional restoration, including travertine honing and polishing. At Statewide Stone Care in NYC, we specialize in these procedures and are eager to share our expertise with you.

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Essential Travertine Care Tips

Maintaining travertine surfaces requires a consistent care routine. Here are some straightforward yet highly effective tips to keep your travertine in pristine condition:

For flooring, employ a soft broom or a dry dust mop for sweeping. Alternatively, use a handheld canister vacuum cleaner, avoiding tough brooms that might scratch the surface. Daily dry cleaning is recommended for optimal maintenance.

When cleaning any travertine surface, use a high-quality neutral cleaner explicitly labeled as safe for natural stone. Refrain from using over-the-counter cleaning products containing acidic substances, as they can lead to etching and damage.

For routine maintenance, a combination of warm water, mild cleaners, and a microfiber rag or mop suffices. Wipe the surface with this mixture, followed by drying it with a dry microfiber rag or mop. A weekly mop is generally adequate.

In the event of a spill, promptly wipe it up to prevent staining or etching.

Safeguard your floors with carpets and rugs, and invest in rubber protectors for furniture. Employ placemats, coasters, caddies, and trivets on kitchen counters, while using vanity trays for bathroom surfaces and protecting mantlepieces with placemats.

Twice a year, consider deep-cleaning your floors and other surfaces using an automatic scrubber or a vapor steam cleaner.

After each use, squeegee your travertine shower and ensure proper bathroom ventilation to prevent moisture-related issues.

Periodically inspect your tiles and grout for cracks, discoloration, or chipping every six months. Should you encounter any issues, seek professional assistance.

Extend the longevity of your travertine surfaces by applying a sealant to the stone.

Importance of Professional Travertine Cleaning

Ensuring the longevity and luster of your travertine surfaces hinges on the critical importance of professional cleaning. Over time, travertine can fall victim to a myriad of issues, including etching, staining, and grime buildup, which can diminish its aesthetic appeal. Professional cleaning not only removes these imperfections effectively but also helps to preserve the stone’s natural beauty and durability. Experts possess the knowledge, tools, and techniques necessary to tackle stubborn stains, restore faded finishes, and rejuvenate the overall appearance of travertine surfaces. Furthermore, professional cleaning safeguards against potential damage that may occur during DIY cleaning attempts, ensuring that your investment in travertine remains a source of pride and value for years to come.

Can Anti-Etch Prevent Etching and Staining of Your Countertops?

Why do we love marble, travertine, or other types of natural stone countertops in our homes and businesses? The simple answer is that we love the beauty and elegance these surfaces add to the space, plus their durability over time. But at the same time, these stone surfaces can be costly to restore if they are stained, etched, or damaged–so we tend to worry constantly about using them! MORE™ Anti-Etch™ is a product that’s supposed to eliminate this worry by preventing etching and staining of your countertops–but does it really work?

Depending on the type of counters you have, the answer is a clear YES. Let’s discuss this question further.

What is Anti-Etch?

MORE Anti-Etch is a product that, when applied to natural limestone-based surfaces, provides a crystal clear, ultra-thin protective barrier that prevents etching and staining from acidic substances like wine, tomato sauce, vinegar, etc. It also makes the surface more resistant to dirt and other wear-and-tear damage. Anti-Etch can be applied on marble, travertine, limestone, onyx, and even concrete, and it’s available for honed, polished, and leathered surfaces. It is an environmentally friendly compound (no VOCs), and it’s safe for all food-grade surfaces. Best of all, it’s long-lasting. Just one application and your counters are protected for up to 10 years!

What Is Etching?

Etching is a type of damage caused by acidic substances that seep into the stone surface and eat away at it. Limestone-based surfaces are particularly vulnerable to acids and bases because they react with the calcium carbonate in the stone, forever changing it. Etches leave behind microscopic “pits” in the surface, which create an uneven discoloration to the countertop that may look like staining, but is actually permanent damage. Once etching occurs, the only way to remove it is by refinishing or restoring the countertop–grinding down the stone to remove the damage and honing it back to the desired sheen.

What makes MORE Anti-Etch so powerful is that it follows the maxim, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By applying Anti-Etch, you stop etching before it ever starts.

How Anti-Etch Protects Your Countertops

MORE Anti-Etch is more than just a sealant. It forms an invisible barrier on the surface of your counters that prevents acids, bases, and other corrosive substances from coming into contact with the stone. This makes it impossible for etching to occur, even with repeated spills or everyday use. If the acid can’t touch the stone, it can’t react with it. The barrier is so strong that you can leave spills sitting indefinitely without fear or worry! (Not that you would.)

But this invisible barrier does even more to protect your counters than just protect from etching. It also provides protection on the microscopic level from dirt and grime, making the stone surface more resistant to scratching. It also makes your counters hygienically safer because Anti-Etch is completely non-porous–meaning bacteria and germs have nowhere to take hold!

How Long Does Anti-Etch Last?

MORE Anti-Etch is designed to last for up to 10 years with proper application and with normal use. That means that once your stone service professional has applied it to your counters, you can use your marble and other stone surfaces worry-free for up to a decade! And Anti-Etch is easy to reapply; all it takes is a light buffing and a fresh coat of the product, and your counters are set for the next 10 years.

Want to Protect Your Counters?

You installed your stone counters so that you could enjoy them for many years to come: why be afraid to use them? With MORE Anti-Etch, that worry becomes a thing of the past.

For best results, MORE Anti-Etch should only be applied by a trained stone restoration contractor. At Statewide Stone Care, our technicians are highly experienced in all aspects of stone and tile care, restoration, refinishing, and protection in New York and New Jersey–including proper application of MORE Anti-Etch. And if your stone surfaces have already sustained damage, we can perform a complete restoration and refinishing on them to make them as good as new, then apply MORE Anti-Etch to make sure they stay that way. For a free estimate, contact us today.