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Everything You Wanted to Know About Travertine Cleaning But Were Afraid to Ask

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Travertine cleaning is not for some people.  If you don’t have the knowledge then don’t start.

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Travertine Cleaning in Los Angeles

Travertine is a natural stone such as marble, limestone, granite, etc.   Travertine forms differently than a lot of other stones, and it appears.  Travertine is formed in either limestone caves or hot springs.   Travertine is in a way, the Swiss cheese of stones, as when it’s formed bubbles of carbon dioxide leave gaps in the formation of the stone.  When it’s cut into tiles, travertine tile is filled with a resin.  Because of this, you should only work with a professional tile cleaning service in Los Angeles to clean your travertine.

 

Travertine is quarried in large pits and are cut into large blocks which are then further cut down at factories to tiles, pavers, mosaics, etc.  After the shape’s done, then a finish is applied to the stone.  Most of the travertine found in the USA comes from Turkey.  There is a big difference between premium grade travertine, commercial grade, and A grade.   Travertine is graded by  the holes within the stone. Generally speaking, the more holes it has, the lower the quality.  Obviously there is a big difference in price. Also keep in mind that some travertine comes with a honed and filled finish. Since the filling is a uniform color, it’s  easy to tell if the stone you’re looking at is filled. The difference between premium grade and commercial grade lies in the amount of filling used. A honed and filled travertine tile with a whole lot of filling is considered of lower quality compared to a tile with minimal filling.  What does this mean where travertine cleaning is concerned?  Simple your travertine is an investment.

Travertine Cleaning: Protect Your Investment

What you don’t know about travertine can hurt you.  Even though it’s a different stone than marble or limestone, a lot of the same care instructions apply.  For one, no harsh chemicals.  So leave the bleach, ammonia, or whatever store bought solution you’re thinking of using on your travertine under the sink or back on the store shelf.  Why?  Because anything harsh can easily damage your travertine, the resin filling, or both.  For a stone as hard as it is, travertine is really easy to mess up if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Simply spilling some orange juice or coffee on the tile can immediately start to damage it. Why?  Because travertine doesn’t react well to anything acidic.  Some so called miracle travertine cleaning products can do even worse.

So remember, be smart.  Hire a professional tile cleaning service in Los Angeles to clean your travertine.

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