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Varieties of Travertine tiles

Travertine tiles are exceedingly popular with builders and homeowners. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this natural stone, here is some general information about it. How Travertine is formed? Most of the natural stones like travertine, marble, limestone, slate and granite are formed as a result of extreme heat and high pressure, beneath the surface of the Earth. In the course of time , these blocks are pushed from their core. Then they are quarried from the Earth’s crust, shaped and polished for specific uses.

Varieties of Travertine tiles:

There are several varieties of Travertine available in the market. Some of the most popular finishes are, Honed and filled, Unfilled and tumbled, Brushed, Chiseled and Polished Travertine.

Honed and filled:– Basically, travertine tile refinishing is full of holes. These travertine holes are filled with a particular material to give it a smooth touch. After the filling stage, a precision abrasion process is applied where the small amount of material is removed from the surface to make the tile smoother and in some cases shinier.

Unfilled and tumbled:– These tiles are tumbled with smaller abrasives that gives it a rough look. Attributing to its rustic look, there are many takers of these tiles. They look very beautiful in bathrooms, kitchens or old country cottages

Brushed:– These tiles are given a semi-polished or semi-honed look, using circular brushes in the polishing or honing stage. The surface of these tiles are textured and pitted.

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Chiseled:– These tiles are also known as chipped edged tiles. The edges are tumbled as well as chipped all along the 4 edges to give a crude finish. The tiles are also pitted.
Polished:– A beautiful glossy finished is given to these tiles with the natural reflection of the stone crystals. The shine is being accomplished by using progressively finer polishing heads during the final stages of the production.

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Cleaning Travertine Tile

We specialize in travertine and limestone floor cleaning and restoration in the Orlando and surrounding areas. We will bring your natural stone floors and surfaces back to life with our unique cleaning process. Since travertine and limestone are similar stones, they are both cleaned in the same manner using our enclosed high pressure unit in conjunction with our slow rpm rotary machine. Our cleaning process includes both the stone tiles as well as the grout, revealing the natural beauty of the flooring, often times, better than when it was installed. Travertine and Limestone are quite porous and readily attract dirt and grime, it is imperative that you have a routine cleaning and maintenance plan in place.

Maintenance of Travertine

There are generally two types of travertine stone that are most often used in interiors: honed finish and polished finish. Hone-finish stone has a satin-smooth surface with little light reflection, while polish-finished stone has a high gloss surface that reflects light and also accentuates the color and stone markings. These type of floors are very attractive and a popular choice for new homeowners. Unfortunately, most homeowners are not aware at the time they purchase a home with natural stone floors,  how easily this type of floor can become dingy and lack their original luster because of dirt build up. Normal mopping and cleaning just won’t work when they have reached this stage. With Travertine and Limestone available in many shades, often lighter in tone such as the beige and cream colors, also known as Applestone, making them further susceptible of showing dirt, etching and stains.

Sealing Travertine

One of the most often asked questions we hear is, can stains be removed? Our cleaning system and diamond honing process often removes most stains, yet deeper stains may not be removable. Furniture scratches, etching by acidic spills (wine, tomato sauce, vinegar) can also be removed as long as they are not to deep into the stone tile. Sealing your floors with our high quality penetrating sealer lasts for several years, depending on your level of care, and will help prevent future staining and etching. Kitchens or bathrooms with limestone or travertine countertops or floors are the most at risk for staining. With proper sealing, spills will bead on top of the surface and give you enough time to clean them up to avoid staining.

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How To Find A Professional Travertine Cleaning Company

Travertine is a natural stone that is popular chose in tiles for floors, walls, showers and bath surrounds, and it needs special care because it is porous and absorbs dirt and grime over time. You can perform everyday care and cleaning, but eventually, the need for professional care will arise to restore and protect your travertine’s natural beauty.

If your home has large surfaces made of travertine, you should get a professional to do the cleaning for you. There are many travertine cleaning services, but finding the right one may not be so easy. Here is what you can do:

  • Look online. You want a natural stone care cleaning service that is near you so in your search engine, you should type in “travertine cleaning service” followed by your city name. You will get a list of those close to you. Choose one at the top of the list that provides good information about travertine and travertine care and that also has good reviews.
  • Can they give you references? These help you to know the kind of results that you will get. Ask them to give you 3 or 4 names of recent clients who you can call; when you call, have your questions ready: did they do a good job, were they professional, were they honest? Did they have the right cleaning agents and equipment?

Once you have identified a good travertine cleaning company, call them and schedule your free in home consultation. If you are looking for travertine cleaning in Orlando, contact us Orlando Travertine Restoration at 407-279-3739.

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Following are the seven special tips for travertine cleaning:

1. Test and seal the stone — If your home has travertine installed in the bath, kitchen, dining room, etc., and it has a honed or tumbled finish, check with your designer to make sure the stone was sealed. This will help in the event of a spill of red wine, cranberry juice or another acidic agent, especially on countertops and floors.

2. Wipe-up spills immediately — The stone is sensitive to things like tomato sauce, ketchup and certain carbonated beverages. It is best to clean up quickly using hot water and a stone cleaning product. Do not use vinegar, lemon or orange cleaning agents, bleach, ammonia or store-bought products that contain acids, alkalis or other chemicals when cleaning travertine stone.

3. Dust mop a travertine floor — Use a clean non-treated, dry dust mop regularly and then once a week use a wet mop with hot water and a specially formulated stone cleaning agent. It is best not to vacuum stone flooring as the machine can create chips and cracks.

4. Protect and cover — Door mats and carpet runners should be used to help keep foot traffic from bringing in dirt and elements that will damage the travertine. For counter-tops and baths, use coasters for all drinks and decorative trays to protect the travertine from cosmetics and bath products like colognes, perfumes, oils, soaps and other toiletries. Prevention is the best remedy when it comes to maintaining travertine stone.

5. Poultices for stubborn stains — If the travertine gets stained and you can’t fix the problem through the normal cleaning procedures; a poultice may be the solution. Create a paste by combining a formulated stone cleaner with baking powder. Smooth this over the stain and cove with a clear plastic wrap. Let it stand for several days and the poultice will slowly draw the stain out. Remove the poultice with warm water and buff with a cotton cloth or chamois.

6. Deep stains — In the case of a serious stain that has penetrated the stone and remains evident even after every cleaning process has been attempted, an alkaline cleaner may need to be administered. This type of cleanser can be found in most tile and stone supply stores. It should be the last resort for cleaning travertine stone.

7. Ask a professional — Travertine is an excellent choice of stone for bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas and it’s luxurious appeal is a popular selling point for real estate agents. When you decide to incorporate this stone into your design plan always ask a professional the limitations and performance of this type of stone — they will also have the answers for its proper care and how to avoid damage, etching and staining.