Compared to other manmade tiles like porcelain or ceramic, natural stones such as travertine can be more susceptible to damage. Whether it be from a liquid or a hard object scratching into its surface, there is number of things that can cause damage. Despite the severity of the situation, most of the time these issues can be remediated with travertine polishing services. It can worsen over time and become harder to restore the travertine back to its original state if the issue is not taken care of in a timely manner. Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to discuss how to repair etching, scratching, and stains on travertine.
What Causes Etching on Travertine?
Especially in stones like travertine whether it be on the tile floor, in the bathroom shower, or kitchen countertops, etching is more common than you would think. Even in the slightest, any fluid that is acidic can cause etching. All acidic drinks, such as orange juice, apple juice, tomato juice, lemonade, and various types of soda can cause etching in natural stone. Because it will cause etching and it is an inconvenience to remove, you should be careful to not spill any of these unforgiving liquids on your travertine floors. The only safe way to clean natural stone is if you clean your floors on your own it’s important that you use an alkaline based cleaning solution. Because the majority of cleaning solutions are not safe for stone, and they can very well cause etching, this is a big mistake.
Does Travertine Stain Easily?
Staining is less common than etching though it still happens. Any fluid or food that is dark in color such as wine or oil can cause staining. If you’ve had your travertine sealed in the past and you keep it maintained, there should not be any staining. Unsealed travertine, however, can stain.
Causes of Deep or Superficial Scratches on Travertine
Very serious scratches in your tile flooring can be caused by sliding furniture like coffee tables, couches, dining-room tables, and recliners. Small rocks and pebbles that love to stick to the bottom of your shoes and make their way into your home can also cause scratches.
DIY VS Professional Travertine Stone Restoration
Honing the travertine and bringing back up to a desired level of polish is the way to go as it is important those stains are removed, and you get back to your normal life right away. Honing the travertine and bringing back up to a desired level of polish is the way to go 99% of the time. If you don’t have the right tools or experience you risk not getting the results you may want in the end, travertine polishing can be a time-consuming task. It’s important that you or the company you choose to hire have extensive experience in the field when working with such expensive natural stones. If not done properly, serious damage can occur, and it will cost you multiples more than intended to have the floors replaced. Ultimately, it is best to hire an expert to ensure it is done properly.
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For honing, polishing, sealing, and deep cleaning manmade tiles and natural stone tiles in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas, the professionals of Silver State Floor Restoration is readily available to assist you.