What is Travertine and How Should I Care for It?

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If your Denver home is in need of tile repair or you are completing a home renovation project, you may already be experiencing the overwhelming feeling of choosing between the numerous tile options. Travertine is one material that should not be overlooked.

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a type of limestone. It is created in limestone caves that are affected by the heat from the earth’s crust. Once dug up, this stone is polished and smoothed to create the beautiful tiles that you will see in various places all around a home.

While many people mistake travertine for marble, there are some distinct differences. For example, you can find small holes or pores all over the stone. It can also come in a variety of colors and patterns, which makes it an excellent option for kitchens and walkways in many Denver homes.

How to Maintain and Care for Travertine

While travertine is a type of stone and it is durable, there are several things you must take into consideration when you clean and care for this substance. For example, the small holes that are located all over the stone can soak up cleaners and bleach, which can cause discoloration and even mold growth. This means that when you use travertine tiles in your home, it is vital that you seal the tiles to block the holes.

When regularly cleaning the tiles, warm water is ideal. You may want to add a small amount of a mild soap but then you must rinse the floor a second time to ensure there is no soap lingering on the tile surface.

Over time, these small pores can crack and your tiles need to be restored to achieve that classic look that you enjoyed when it was first installed. While this project can be completed by yourself, to do it right and to ensure it has that beautiful, polished look that you desire, you need to hire a professional. Call The Grout Specialists today at (720)517-8041 today and schedule an appointment. They can help you repair and restore the beauty in your Denver home.

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