Indisputable Reasons to Seal Your Travertine
If you have been searching for an amazingly versatile, affordable, easy to clean, beautiful flooring material, travertine takes the cake. As part of the limestone family, travertine is a result of concentrated calcium carbonate and is commonly found in hot spring areas where mineralization has formed various mounds and terraces.
It has stood the test of time as one of the most popular materials to use for building structures such as the aqueducts and the Colosseum in ancient Rome. Along with its simplicity to work with, travertine comes in a variety of colors and shades, and Queen Creek natural stone cleaners will agree that it is easy to maintain and clean. However, the most important factor to remember with travertine tiles is the necessity for a high-quality sealant. Here we have laid out a few reasons for this requirement.
The biggest quality to be aware of in travertine is its highly porous nature. Compared to granite, marble, and quartzite, travertine is extremely porous, which means it will absorb essentially anything spilled on it. What this boils down to is that even with a quality seal, you will need to wipe up spills immediately, clean the floors fairly frequently (to avoid dirt and grime being crushed into it), and apply a fresh coat of sealant regularly.
Additionally, when performing regular Queen Creek tile and grout cleaning on your travertine floors, pay close attention to the cleaning products being used. Anything acidic, including the ever-trendy vinegar and lemon mixture, will break down the sealant and be absorbed into the tile. This, in turn, will cause damage and breakdown from the inside out, and will require a professional Queen Creek natural stone restoration expert to repair. The best choice would be an alkaline cleaner. If you are uncertain which ones are okay, consult with the travertine experts at Arizona Stone Care to learn more.
TESTING YOUR CURRENT SEAL
If you are uncertain about the integrity of your current travertine seal, there is a quick and simple test you can perform at home. Pour a small puddle of water onto your travertine floor in several different locations and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. If there is a dark mark or ring around each area, you can know for sure that your seal is damaged and needs to be re-applied.
Re-applying a high-quality sealant on your travertine floor requires a thorough step-by-step process that is best left to the professionals. First, a reliable Queen Creek natural stone cleaning company will come in and do a complete deep cleaning of the travertine tile. They will then apply a high-quality sealant to the travertine using an effective process and proper tools, and will restrict foot traffic in the area for at least 2 hours. Once the seal has dried and hardened, they will professionally polish your floors if desired with a special process that prevents the polish from becoming slippery.
If your travertine floors have become damaged and dingy, or you suspect the integrity of the sealant is compromised, contact Arizona Stone Care. Our experts are highly experienced and knowledgeable in travertine maintenance, installation, repair, restoration, cleaning, sealing, and polishing. We can bring any stone surface back to life, and are extremely skilled in the correct tools and processes to do so. Bring any concerns you may have about your travertine floor to Arizona Stone Care, and we will do the rest!