Homeowners interested in choosing an attractive surface for their countertops should look for a material that will suit their needs, both on an aesthetic and practical level. Travertine is one of the most efficient materials available, capable of not only unifying the room's elements but also in standing up to the test of time.
What is Travertine?
Like many sedimentary rocks, travertine is shaped by constant water pressure and stress. It is formed from the calcium carbonate deposits that can be found around different types of hot springs and streams. The purest forms of travertine are white, but various impurities in the stone can give it different colors as well. These shades are highly sought after for their decorative appeal, and can include combinations of beige, tan and brown.
Travertine has a storied history, having been used in all types of construction for thousands of years. In contemporary design, it is used for all types of tiles, backsplashes and vanities. Because of its durability and natural strength, it is often used in hallways, walkways and other places that experience heavy traffic.
Does Travertine Need Sealing?
One of the most attractive features of travertine is its porous surface. However, though pleasing to the eye and touch, these holes in the surface can quickly breed mold and bacteria. Stains can seep in easily, and only a thorough sealing can protect the surface from long-term staining and seeping damage. A capable installation will always include a good seal. For more care options, please ask a Francini Representative.
How Do Owners Clean Travertine?
Travertine does not take a lot of effort to clean. Floors can be swept and vacuumed, and countertops just need to be tidied up with a damp, clean cloth. The cloth should never be very wet, as it may cause damage, and owners should be sure to have their travertine inspected every few years for potential seal damage.
To learn more about Travertine, see our Travertine by Francini Inc. Collection, or if you have additional questions, get in touch with us today. Our experts would love to talk to you!