Tile flooring is gorgeous and sturdy, and you can’t go wrong with a travertine tile floor. Travertine, while perhaps not a household name, has a long history as a building material that dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. To help you become more familiar with travertine, our Floor Coverings International Bloomington experts have put together this introductory guide. With these tips, you’ll be able to determine if travertine tile is a good choice for your Bloomington home.
Travertine is a form of limestone made by the compression of sediment, and it is a relatively common stone that can be found around the world. It is made from rocks that have been squished together by pressure and heat over the ages, and it is incredibly durable. The soft hues of white, mother of pearl, gold, and tan are speckled and mottled throughout the structure of the stone – evidence of the different minerals that were compressed together when it was formed. With travertine tile, you can choose from several finishes: honed, brushed, tumbled, and polished. Despite being naturally porous, travertine can become slippery when wet, so be careful about using it in spaces with lots of water.
Travertine tile is more expensive than porcelain or ceramic tile, but it is also one of the most affordable styles of natural stone tile. The installation process is the same as installing other forms of tile, including the need for an underlay and mortaring the gaps between each tile.
To keep your travertine floor clean, sweep up any dirt on the surface and then give the floor a thorough scrubbing with a mop and a stone-friendly cleaning solution. Give the grout special attention with a hand scrubbing since mopping can have a difficult time getting into the depression and removing the grime that collects there.
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