Travertine, a type of stone similar to limestone, is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to embellish one’s home. These travertine pavers come in a wide variety of colors, from white and tan to brown and gold, meaning the possibilities are truly endless.
However, this unique type of stone requires equally unique care in order to keep its appearance looking as beautiful as it should.
With the proper care and maintenance, your beautiful new travertine pavers can look as amazing as it does now for decades to come. Here are three of the best ways to care for your travertine tile installation:
Seal the stone as soon as it’s installed
Typically, it’s recommended that you seal your travertine if it is installed in the kitchen or bathroom — but you really should have any travertine surface sealed, even if it’s in a part of the home that doesn’t regularly see much moisture. Sealing travertine helps prevent spills from seeping into the rock and keeps your travertine in good condition.
Clean with gentle products and cloths
Because travertine is a soft, porous rock, you should always clean your surfaces with clean non-treated dust mops and the proper cleaning products. It’s best to use a specially-formulated stone cleaning agent that will complement the pH levels of your travertine. Avoid vacuuming or sweeping travertine floors, as this can cause unsightly chips, cracks and scratches.
Protect travertine from heavy traffic
If you have a travertine floor, be sure to place door mats, area rugs and runners in areas that see heavy foot traffic. This will help protect your floor from dirt, dust and other particles that can cause permanent scratches. For countertops, always be sure to use coasters and trays to keep water and other cosmetic and bath products from touching your travertine.
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