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What is Travertine?

By KleanSTONE | Feb 18th, 2019 | 0 Comments

Travertine is a type of limestone that has been formed in a natural mineral spring, particularly a hot spring. It is formed due to rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate due to the intense heat and movement. Travertine is a rough surface that is easily distinguishable by its pitted holes and troughs.

The word travertine comes from the Italian word ‘Travertino’ and is linked to a district near Rome called Tivoli, which is where a lot of travertine is naturally formed. Travertine has been used in architecture for centuries. Ancient temples, monuments and courtyards are often made from travertine. The Colosseum in Rome is arguably the world’s most famous structure made from travertine.


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Travertine Floors

Travertine flooring is more commonly found in tile form. Travertine tiles come in a beautiful range of earthy tones.

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Travertine, just like all forms of limestone, is a highly porous material, which means it will need regular treatment with a high-quality stone sealer to ensure it stays resistant to liquid penetration and staining.


Why Choose a Travertine Floor?

Travertine has been used in architecture for centuries and adds a sense of prestige and history to any room. Its natural, earthy tones and textures are serene and relaxing which is why travertine was often used in the creation of bath complexes. The natural colours and textures in the stone ensure that every tile is unique and gives any room a natural look.

Travertine, despite its porosity, is actually very durable when cared for properly, which means it won’t chip or scratch easily and is more hardwearing than most people give it credit for.

However, if you do happen to damage your travertine floor then the tiles themselves are really very easy to replace. We would advise to always order more tiles that you need when you are having a travertine floor fitted so that they can be replaced from the same batch with similar hues.


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Travertine also retains its heat really well, which makes it a popular choice with underfloor heating systems. This is because travertine is a natural heat conductor. This does, however, mean that without underfloor heating it will be cold to the touch in winter.

Travertine floors come in a range of different finishes but the four most popular finishes are polished, honed, tumbled and brushed.

Do you already have a travertine floor? Find the perfect clean for your natural travertine floor.


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Caring For Your Travertine Floor…

Travertine floors, like limestone floors, will react with anything acidic, so it is important to use an alkaline or pH neutral floor cleaner such as Deepclean 3000 or Detagon R3. A KleanSTONE Natural Stone Floor Cleaning Machine is the perfect choice for a travertine floor as its rotary scrubbing brushes will ensure to clean and scrub deep into the natural rivets of the stone to loosen dirt and grime, while its fantastic suction power will completely remove the debris and dirt, instead of moving it around. A penetrating impregnator stone sealer will ensure to get into all of the stones tiny pours to protect it from stains and liquids that will damage the stone.



Effortlessly Clean Travertine Floors with KleanSTONE

Gleaming floors inspire confidence and style in any setting, whether domestic or commercial. Here at KleanSTONE, we supply advanced floor cleaning solutions to help you achieve a spotlessly clean, perfectly finished floor without the elbow grease. Our stone floor cleaners tackle spills, stains and everyday grime with ease for a healthier, happier home or work environment.

Our products extend the lifespan of your flooring with powerful, effective cleaning that is gentle enough to use every day and perfect for floors in your home or business, inside and out.

Aside from offering a range of products for stone floor cleaning, we love to share our knowledge and experience from our years helping customers succeed at extending the lifespan of your floors. Read more on the KleanSTONE Blog, explore our Help & Guides or download our range of Cleaning Guides and learn more about how to care for your natural and engineered stone floors so that they last a lifetime!


Further Reading on the KleanSTONE Blog:


Understanding Stone Floor Porosity

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