Travertine Flooring - Charismatic and Stable
Qualities and maintenance of travertine
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Travertine flooring is very much related to limestone (think of them as cousins!) and is one of the most popular stone surface finishes around at the moment.
A large majority of this popularity stems from the remarkable shades and colors that travertine floors are available in - the colors range from sandy coffee hues to a lighter oatmeal color. The colors are rarely uniform and often contain flecks and spatters of other shades.
Travertine Flooring - Pits and Falls
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Travertine floors have another interesting characteristic which has helped bring them to the forefront of many designer creations. During the stone's formation sulfur gas beads and steam pushed there way through the sediment layers to produce a series of craters and depressions. This effect is now prized by professionals and is quite unique to travertine. There is one drawback to this attribute though - these pits become the perfect places for dirt to collect so floors will require regular intensive maintenance. However, for those who still love the look of this stone but are not quite keen on cleaning there is the option of filling the pits with clear epoxy resins and cements.
Travertine floors can also have a honed or polished finish applied to them, with the honed finish producing a more matte look and the polished surface having a more glassy appearance. By opting for large rectified edged tiles a homeowner is able to attain a uniform and seamless finish which projects a feeling of space and radiance.
Travertine Flooring Care and Cleaning
Special attention needs to be placed on care and maintenance - this is a consideration that cannot be ignored. Being a stone, travertine is more hard-wearing than most floor materials but it still susceptible to damage if not treated correctly. Running a vacuum cleaner or broom over the floor will minimize the build up of sand particles and grit, which when combined with people walking on the surface can damage and scrape the pits. Most people believe that running a damp mop over their travertine floor is ok, but in actual fact this can tend to leave residues on the surface. The mop needs to be cleaned and dried before use to avoid this, and ideally it should be used in conjunction with a neutral (non-oil based) detergent. Rinse the mop out frequently and when finished rinse the surface with clean water. In the event that water marks develop; buff the floor with a dry tea towel.
Acid based liquids such as wine and fruit juices rich in vitamin C can score the travertine's surface if left to stand after spilling. In such an instance rub the area with fine grade emery paper and then have it resealed. This stone is also a favorite for fireplaces, table tops and counters - combing these with the flooring creates a beautiful elegant environment.