You’re probably familiar with marble, granite, and other natural stones that are popular choices in homes around Los Angeles. Travertine is less common and less popular than marble and granite, but it can make a beautiful addition to a home or business. In today’s post, we’ll explain what travertine is and how to care for travertine surfaces.

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What Is Travertine?

Travertine is often marketed as limestone or marble, but it’s actually a distinct substance. While it is closely related to limestone, it undergoes a distinct formation process that creates its unique texture and hue. We won’t get too deep into the weeds, but travertine is basically limestone that has been exposed to additional heat and pressure. Travertine is harvested from hot springs and caves before being sent to specialists for polishing, brushing, and cutting. While travertine is generally a shade of gold or tan, you can find some forms of travertine that are ivory or dark brown.

How Can I Protect and Maintain Travertine?

As we’ve noted in several other blogs, investing in stone sealing is the best way to protect travertine from spills and scratches. In addition to providing you with an extra layer of protection between your travertine and the world, they can also enhance the natural beauty of the stone with a glossy or matte finish. Contacting a restoration company is the best way to ensure that the sealant is applied evenly and thoroughly, and it will also provide the stone restoration expert with the opportunity to point out any areas that need to be repaired.

As you surely saw in our recent blog about marble etching, natural stones in the limestone family are highly susceptible to damage from acidic substances, including coffee, citrus fruits, and alcohol. Always use caution when handling these substances around travertine surfaces, especially if your kitchen or main entertainment space is furnished with travertine.

Whenever you decide to clean your travertine, start by sweeping with a specialty broom that won’t scratch and dull the surface. We don’t recommend mopping often, but if you do, make sure that the surface is only dampened, as you don’t want the surface to be inundated and discolored by water. Use travertine-approved cleaners whenever possible, and if you’re not sure about what you should be using to clean your travertine, just call our restoration company for advice!

We hope that this post has been informative and will help you protect the travertine in your home or business. If your travertine could use a touch-up, then get in touch with the stone restoration experts at Concrete & Marble Transformerz! Our restoration company has helped hundreds of Los Angeles residents maintain their natural stone surfaces, and we would love to help you, too. We offer free estimates, so reach out to us today to get started!