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Travertine and more specifically travertine flooring is a natural stone and is a type of limestone that has been formed in a natural mineral spring, particularly a hot spring.
Travertine tiles are formed due to rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate due to the intense heat and movement. Travertine is a rough surface that is easily distinguishable by its pitted holes and troughs.
The word travertine comes from the Italian word ‘Travertino’ and is linked to a district near Rome called Tivoli, which is where a lot of travertine is naturally formed.
Travertine has been used in architecture for centuries. Ancient temples using travertine wall tiles, monuments and courtyards are often made from travertine. The Colosseum in Rome is arguably the world’s most famous structure made from travertine stone.
What is Travertine Tile?
Travertine flooring is more commonly found in tile form. Travertine tiles come in a beautiful range of earthy tones.
Travertine, just like all forms of limestone, is a highly porous material, which means it will need regular treatment with a high-quality stone sealer to ensure it stays resistant to liquid penetration and staining. This is particularly important for flooring.
Why Choose a Travertine Floor?
Travertine has been used in architecture for centuries and adds a sense of prestige and history to any room especially when used as flooring. Its natural, earthy tones and textures are serene and relaxing which is why travertine was often used in the creation of bath complexes.
The natural colours and textures in the stone ensure that every tile is unique and gives any room a natural look.
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Travertine, despite its porosity, is actually very durable when cared for properly, which means, like porcelain or marble, it won’t chip or scratch easily and is more hardwearing than most people give it credit for. You will often find travertine tiles used in outdoor scenarios due to its durability and wonderful colour.
However, if you do happen to damage your floor tiles then the tiles themselves are really very easy to replace. We would advise to always order more tiles that you need when you are having natural stone flooring fitted so that they can be replaced from the same batch with similar hues.
Travertine also retains its heat really well, which makes it a popular choice with underfloor heating systems. This is because travertine is a natural heat conductor. This does, however, mean that without underfloor heating travertine flooring will be cold to the touch in winter.
Travertine floors come in a range of different finishes but the four most popular product finishes are
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Caring For Your Travertine Floor…
Travertine floors, like limestone floors, will react with anything acidic, so it is important to use an alkaline or pH neutral floor cleaner such as Deepclean or Detagon R3. You want to use a cleaner that is free from anything acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice.
A KleanSTONE Natural Stone Floor Cleaning Machine is the perfect choice for a travertine floor as its rotary scrubbing brushes will ensure to clean and scrub deep into the natural rivets of the stone to loosen dirt and grime, while its fantastic suction power will completely remove the debris and dirt, instead of moving it around.
A Kleanstone machine will not only leave your floor looking as clean as the day it was laid, but it will also leave it beautifully polished.
A penetrating impregnator stone sealer will into all of the stones tiny pours to protect it one from stains and two from liquids that may damage the stone.
FAQ’s about Travertine Tiles
Q. Are travertine floors expensive?
A. As with other natural stone floors on the market, travertine tiles can be on the expensive side. The total cost will depend on how large an area you are looking to have the travertine installed in. Typically, travertine tiles are less expensive than their marble or granite counterparts.
Q. Is travertine good for flooring?
A. Travertine is excellent for flooring. Its high durability and beautiful appearance make it ideal for the kitchen of any home. The Romans used travertine to craft the breathtaking Colosseum, imagine what it will look like in your home!
Q. How durable are travertine tiles?
A. Travertine tiles are both water and moisture resistant. They are an extremely durable tile and tend not to track unless under extreme pressure.
Q. Are travertine tiles hard to maintain?
A. Not with a Kleanstone machine! Travertine tiles are easy to maintain as long as you keep on top of things. By sweeping or vacuuming your floors regularly, you will keep dust and dirt from dulling the tiles natural beauty. Follow this up with a regular clean with your machine and your floors will make even the most critical of Romans smile.
Q. Can you use vinegar on travertine tiles?
A. Like with any natural stone, we would not recommend using acidic based cleaners on your floor. Avoid any Vinegar, lemon or ammonia-based cleaner and opt for an alkaline or pH neutral floor cleaner.
Effortlessly Clean Travertine Flooring with KleanSTONE
Gleaming floors inspire confidence and style in any setting, whether domestic or commercial. Here at KleanSTONE, we supply advanced floor cleaning solutions to help you achieve a spotlessly clean, perfectly finished travertine tiles.
Our stone floor cleaners tackle spills, stains and everyday grime with ease for a healthier, happier home or work environment. Contact us for more information on how our machines can save your travertine tiles.
Our products extend the lifespan of your flooring with powerful, effective cleaning that is gentle enough to use every day and perfect for floors in your home or business, inside and out.
Aside from offering a range of products for stone floor cleaning, we love to share our knowledge and experience from our years helping customers succeed at extending the lifespan of their travertine tiles.
Read more on the KleanSTONE Blog, explore our Help & Guides or download our range of Cleaning Guides and learn more about how to care for your natural and engineered stone floors so that they last a lifetime!
Further Reading on the KleanSTONE Blog:
- A KleanSTONE Guide To Stone Flooring
- Which Floor Sealer Is Right For Me?
- Should I Seal My Outside Patio?
- Floor Sealing: The Most Important Thing You Are Not Doing
- How To Seal Your Stone Floors
- Cleaning Quarry Tile Floors
- Is My Mop And Bucket Damaging My Stone Floor?
- How Do I Clean My Natural Stone Floor?
- KleanSTONE, The Pet Safe Floor Cleaner