Tile & Stone Cleaners

Travertine Stone Cleaning

Tile and Stone Cleaners® are experts in cleaning, stripping, and sealing travertine stone tile and grout. They also offer complete restoration services including grinding, honing, polishing, repairs, and regrouting. Whether you need guidance on restoring your old travertine floor and tile grout to its best condition or want a professional to handle the job, they have the expertise to help.

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a stylish and functional material that adds a unique, old-world charm to any home or business. Travertine pavers are particularly attractive around pools and in outdoor spaces, as each tile has its own unique appearance. It typically has a fibrous or concentric pattern and comes in shades of white, tan, and cream. Formed in mineral springs, such as hot springs and limestone caves, travertine is different from limestone and marble as it has holes within the stone which is a result of gases escaping during its formation. This porous surface gives travertine its smooth and hard texture. Travertine is naturally beautiful with a smooth, dense surface and a notable creamy color that exudes a refined elegance.

Where can you use Travertine?

Travertine tiles are a durable and visually appealing building material that can be used for both functional and decorative purposes. Its natural strength and beauty make it an unmatched choice for flooring and walls, both indoors and outdoors. Travertine is particularly popular for use as pavers and in swimming pool surrounds. The unique appearance of each tile creates a natural and individual look for any area. Travertine tiles offer a unique and exciting aesthetic for your home that will last for generations.

Common Surface Finishes for Travertine

Honed: The tile surface is smoothed to create a matte finish.

Tumbled: Travertine is tumbled with gravel and bearings, giving it a rough and weathered look.

Brushed: A wire brush is used to create a textured and worn surface on the travertine tile.

Filled: The pores in the travertine are filled with colored resin or cement to achieve a smooth surface.

Polished: The travertine is sanded and polished to give it a shiny appearance.

Cleaning Travertine Tiles

The method of cleaning and maintaining travertine tiles varies based on its finish and sealing status. In general, it is recommended to use non-acidic products for cleaning and maintenance of travertine tiles. It is also recommended to have travertine professionally cleaned every few years to preserve its appearance and restore its fresh look after regular use.

Stripping Travertine Tiles

When your travertine tiles appear dull and are easily stained, it means that the previous sealer has worn off and your travertine tiles are at risk of permanent damage. Tile and Stone Cleaners® remove the old sealer from your travertine tiles to restore their natural appearance using advanced cleaning machinery. we then seal your travertine tiles with one of our high-quality water-based sealers. We  are proud to provide professional and specialized cleaning and sealing solutions for all types of stone tiles, including travertine floor and wall tiles.

The sealer on travertine tiles may need to be removed and reapplied after it starts to wear off, which depends on the type of sealer used, the method of application, and the amount of foot traffic or use. This process is known as stripping and sealing, and is typically required every 2-10 years, depending on the type of sealer, the area of use, and the amount of foot traffic. We offer specialized cleaning and sealing solutions for all types of stone tiles, including travertine floor and wall tiles.

Sealing Travertine Floors

Two main sealing options exist for travertine tiles:

Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer

(Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)

Topical Sealer

(Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

A deep penetrating impregnating sealer protects travertine and grout from water and oil-based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores to create a breathable protective barrier. This type of sealer makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. These sealers offer long-term benefits and last for up to 10 years. A penetrating impregnating transparent sealer enters the pores of the stone and once cured will not change the look of the tile or stone, A penetrating color enhancing sealer is designed to enhance and enrich the natural look of stone surfaces.

Tile and Stone  Cleaners® are experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your travertine looks its absolute best. Our experienced technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealer is also helpful in situations where the old solvent-based sealer cannot be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealers have a life expectancy of around 3 years.

You can easily test how porous your natural travertine is by applying a drop of water to the surface and watching how the water is absorbed by the travertine. You can then see how any type of water-based stain can be absorbed by the travertine tile surface and grout.

Our team of professionals specializes in providing stripping, sealing, and restoration solutions for Travertine tiles. By letting us handle the job, you can save time, effort, and money, while ensuring that your Travertine tiles are restored to their best possible condition.

 

Types of sealer’s used on travertine tiles

Water-based sealers and solvent-based sealers can both be used on travertine, however, unless there is a specific reason, we always recommend using a water-based sealer that does not produce harmful fumes during application and removal. Water-based sealers are easier to apply and remove and also require less drying time. We recommend using a premium quality impregnating water-based sealer that takes advantage of the recent advancements in nano-technology to provide long-term stain resistance and reliability.

When sealing travertine tiles, it is important to choose the appropriate water-based sealer based on whether the tiles are used indoors or outdoors. Most sealers are not suitable for outdoor use as they are designed for indoor use only. If your travertine tiles are located outdoors, it is crucial to use a water-based sealer specifically designed for outdoor travertine.

 

There are two types of impregnating clear sealer: water-based sealer and solvent-based sealer. In the past, solvent-based sealers were more widely used as they would absorb deeper into the travertine and grout, and would also last longer. However, thanks to new technological advancements, it is now recommended to use water-based sealers that last much longer and cause less potential damage to health and property. Solvent-based products are more difficult to apply and can create major problems when applied incorrectly, as they are very hard to remove.

We recommend using a premium quality long-lasting water-based sealer for travertine tiles and grout. Topical sealers, which are glossy plastic coatings applied over the top of the travertine, are still used, but these older style sealers can trap moisture in the stone and make the surface slippery when wet. When a topical sealer wears in high traffic areas, the entire surface usually needs to be stripped and resealed.

It is essential to ensure that the tiles are in the cleanest possible condition prior to being sealed. This will protect the appearance of the tile and ensure that there won’t be any dirt, stains or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

 

To ensure the best protection against oil and water-based stains, maintain the appearance and slip resistance of your travertine, and prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to use a high-quality, invisible, and fully breathable impregnating sealer to seal your travertine.

 

We specialize in providing specialized stripping, sealing, and restoration solutions for Travertine tiles.

 

Tile and Stone Cleaners® Travertine Services

Travertine Tile Stripping and Sealing

Tile and Stone Cleaners® will provide professional stripping, cleaning, and resealing services for your travertine tiles no matter where they are located. This includes in the kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the swimming pool, backyard, outdoors, or any other difficult to reach indoor areas.

Travertine Cleaning and Sealing

If your travertine surfaces have lost their shine and are not displaying their true color, or if you have recently installed travertine or your previous sealer is wearing off, Tile and Stone  Cleaners® is the best choice for effectively and efficiently cleaning your tiles and protecting them against future staining and deterioration.

Travertine Tile and Grout Cleaning

To properly clean tile and grout, it requires a combination of specialized industrial equipment and strong cleaning products. We use specialized cleaning solutions and high-pressure van-mounted equipment to clean your tiles and grout to the highest standards.

Travertine Tile Sealing

Sealing all porous tiles is important as it helps prevent and reduce staining. Sealing your travertine will create a barrier that keeps most stains on the surface, providing protection against chemical damage, deterioration, and contamination. It is the initial step in protecting your surfaces against stains.

Travertine Stripping

Our technicians are equipped with the necessary equipment and have the skills and experience to provide an extensive floor stripping service for your travertine tiles, which includes removing old sealant and its residue, restoring the original appearance of the floor. We offer stripping and resealing services for any hard surface flooring as well as wall tiles.

Efflorescence Treatment

Efflorescence is the formation of salt deposits on or near the surface of tiles and grout. Tile and Stone Cleaners® technicians have access to a range of equipment to effectively remove efflorescence. We also have the necessary treatments, tools, and chemical solutions to safely and effectively remove efflorescence deposits both internally and externally.