Travertine is a beautiful natural stone that can be used in many areas in the home or a business. Travertine stone is used for floors, siding, countertops and more. Like most natural stone, Travertine is expensive and requires a lot of care to ensure it lasts. When Travertine develops cracks and holes or begins to look a little worn down, it can be restored. Today, Silver State Floor Restoration will share how you can restore Travertine stone and how to properly maintain this beautiful investment.
Is Travertine a Good Stone?
Travertine is a type of natural stone that is commonly used for homes and other commercial buildings. Travertine stone is formed by the accumulation of minerals, mainly calcium carbonate, which comes from hot springs or limestone caves, over a long period of time. Travertine is usually a light colored stone and has a porous texture with tiny cavities and holes. It is commonly used for flooring, countertops, wall tiles, and outdoor paving due to its durability and resistance to extreme temperatures. Travertine can also come in a variety of finishes, such as honed, polished, brushed, or tumbled. Each finish offers a different look and feel to the stone. Travertine stone’s unique texture and appearance makes it a popular choice for interior and exterior surfaces. Even though travertine stone is fairly durable, it’s porous nature allows for erosion or cracks to form. When Travertine stone begins to look a little misused, it has a chance to be restored.
How Do You Bring Travertine Back to Life?
When you have Travertine with holes, cracks and other flaws, they can be repaired and the stone can be restored. However, you will want to consider seeking a professional when restoring your travertine. When hiring a professional they will follow the proper steps when restoring your Travertine stone.
• Clean the Travertine: Before starting any restoration work, you will need to clean the Travertine’s surface with a proper stone-safe cleaner. This will remove any dirt or debris on the surface and will also prepare the tile for restoration.
• Fill in Cracks or Holes: If there are any cracks or holes in the stone, they can be filled in with a color-matching epoxy or resin. You will use a putty knife to spread the filler evenly and once it dries, the cracks and holes will vanish completely.
• Polish the Stone: A professional will then use a stone polishing agent and a soft cloth to polish the stone. The polishing agent will buff the stone using circular motion until the Travertine stone shines.
• Seal the Travertine Stone: It is very important to apply a sealer to the stone as it will protect it from future damage. There are different types of sealers available. A professional will be able to choose one that is best for your specific type of Travertine stone.
• Maintain the Stone: To keep your Travertine stone looking its best, clean it regularly with a stone-safe cleaner and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the surface. Make sure to maintain the sealer on the stone’s surface.