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Cleaning travertine sometimes opens up minor faults in the stone, more so in the lower end of the cost scale.
By this I mean that the travertine stone has filler in the weaker parts of the stone, these can appear part of the pattern but are in fact ‘hole fillers’ in the production process.
They can be filled with an epoxy repair mortar at any time.
Travertine has a milky brown/beige appearance and comes in various sizes, some stone with very square edges through to tumbled which gives a softer worn edge.
Surfaces can appear pitted or at other times very flat and smooth.
It’s one of the most popular stone for floors and walls having a very pleasing affect without being either dark or light.
Travertine is used extensively for flooring but is well suited for use in bathrooms, showers and feature walls but must be sealed and protected.
Usually your Travertine will have been sealed with a penetrating sealant, followed by a wear layer which if not maintained will deteriorate and need replenishing.
However, if it is maintained, will last a considerable time with regular cleaning.
Acrylic polishes and wax are popular choices for finishes on stone and these can be cleaned and replenished quite easily, however when they are worn considerably, the stone should be deep cleaned thoroughly.
This applies more to floors than walls and deep cleaning travertine sometimes removes the wear layer and can also penetrate the original seal, so is best replenished to protect the surface.
There as usual two types of sealant for travertine, those that penetrate and those that sit on top. The variations are clear, matt, satin and gloss.
There is no reason why a clear seal shouldn’t be applied with out any other finish, just showing the natural colour of the travertine.
This can then be maintained with neutral cleaners that are recommended by various manufacturers of travertine sealers for stone.
The alternative is to have the instant shine that can be maintained quite easily. These are acrylic polishes and wax which give a pleasing glow.
The benefits of cleaning travertine and then locking that nice clean finish with a suitable sealant is that it becomes much easier to keep clean occasionally, either by vacuuming, dusting or mopping.
As mentioned above the aftercare is quite easy to do and done on a regular basis will keep your travertine in first class condition.
Check out our cleaning solutions page for more information or contact us for more help and advice.
p.s. "If you'd just like more information on tile and stone cleaning, installation or restoring of tiles and stone please text or call me on 07889 123451 at any time".
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