Travertine is a form of limestone used as flooring, tiles, and sometimes more exotic uses. It comes in a wide variety of colors including white, cream, tan, and rusty brown. Travertine is a attractive option for homeowners looking for elegant stone in their house. Is Travertine right for you?
Pros and Cons
- Travertine tiles are relatively affordable.
- It has a timeless look and comes in a varied selection of colors and patterns.
- Travertine is durable and unlikely to crack even under extreme temperatures.
- The natural non-slip texture of the tiles makes them a good fit for floor surfaces.
- Tiles made of travertine are easy to cut, shape, and work with. When installed, they create a uniform look even in oddly shaped areas of the home.
- Travertine is a naturally porous material that may show signs of wear over years of use.
- This kind of stone needs regular maintenance to stay looking its best.
- The tiles may stain or etch if spills aren’t cleaned up promptly.
- Travertine reacts poorly when exposed to acids like tomato or citrus juice. This makes it a risky choice for kitchen counters.
Where Can You Use Travertine?
- Anywhere you want to make a big visual impact, for instance as the floor of the entrance hall to your home.
- Outdoors, particularly on patios, pathways, or ringing a swimming pool.
- Elegant bathrooms, particularly with walk-in showers that feature natural stone.
- As an accent wall, particularly with more unusual or striking colors and patterns.
- On staircases; the nonslip surface works well here.
How to Care for Travertine
- Use a sealant on the travertine, reapplying regularly.
- Clean the tile with gentle cleansing products.
- Use soft cloths and rubber spatulas, not harsh scrubbing brushes or steel wool pads to lift dried-on spills and dirt.
- Wipe away spills, particularly acid-based, as soon as they happen.
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