Travertine cleaning can be a difficult process because it comes is such a variety of colors and finishes. The stone can add an elegant, finished look to floors, countertops, showers and even outdoor patios. Travertine is a low-maintenance stone that will last for years with good care. Travertine is a warm and beautiful natural surface and complements almost any design. However, the nature of this surface means that there are some special steps you must take to keep it looking at its best. Though travertine is a stone and can endure years of wear and tear, it is not as hard as granite or travertine. This means that travertine tiles can become etched over time.
Travertine is a naturally porous material, allowing liquids and other products to seep into its surface and leave behind unwanted spots and stains. Something as benign as orange juice has the potential to deteriorate your finish due to the acidity of the juice. Just imagine what vinegar or bleach could do if not handled properly.
If your travertine floor has started to look dull, has a few scratches or has just suffered from years of wear and tear it is imperative that you seek the assistance of a specialist natural stone floor cleaning and restoration professional. Your travertine surface might have little potholes appearing or may just have lost its original luster; either way, travertine is a natural stone that can effectively be restored and sealed so that it always looks great.
Travertine comes in finishes ranging from matte to highly polished. Depending on the finish you have on your tiles, you may need to seal your travertine. Keep in mind that sealing does not prevent etching; it is used to prevent stains. Failure to keep travertine properly sealed is the second-leading cause of travertine deterioration and plays even more heavily if the surfaces are wet-mopped. Proper travertine sealing keeps water, oil, and other contaminants out of the stone and helps stop fill loss, spalling microbial growth, and staining. Regular and steadfast cleanings are paramount to prolonging the life of your travertine surfaces and preventing the need to completely refurbish your stone.
At Raysco, Inc., we will take excellent care of your natural stone. Because cleaning natural stone is difficult, it is hard to give generalized pricing because it depends on the stone, color, finish, wear and tear, and square footage. On average, you can expect to pay no more than $1.50* per square foot to clean and seal your stone. You should also consider polishing your stone for an additional $1.50* per square foot.
For more information, check out our Natural Stone Cleaning Page.
(*Prices subject to change. Discounts may be available with the purchase of other services.)