Do I need to seal travertine?
No, you don’t need to seal travertine. However it is a good idea for extra protection and peace of mind.
Travertine stone tiles and pavers can be left in its natural state with no polishing or sealing. They are naturally durable and resistant to water, allowing them to remain impressive parts of your home decor for many years.
Clean spills straight away from your travertine and they’ll be fine. However, we recommend applying a sealer for extra protection (especially in high spill areas). You only need to apply the sealer once after you’ve laid your travertine tiles and pavers for peace of mind forever. In most cases, you only need to do it once and then your travertine tiles and pavers are set for life. Some renovators choose to seal their travertine more than once. However, this is a personal preference and in most cases not necessary.
Even though, travertine is a strong stone and very weather resistant, it’s a good idea to seal them. Always make sure that your sealer is compatible with applying on travertine stone. It’s worth buying a quality travertine tile sealer to ensure the stone is properly protected. At Travertine Tiles Warehouse, we supply a range of travertine sealers to suit your application. Browse the range of travertine tile sealers.
If you have any questions about sealing your travertine tiles or pavers, feel free to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team.
Where do I apply tile sealer?
Travertine stones can be used both inside and outside your home, which can leave you wondering in which circumstances you should seal the material. These stones are naturally strong enough to withstand heavy use, but sealant can ensure that they retain their charm down the line.
While it can make sense to protect tiles installed in your kitchen or bathroom – where water spillage could potentially damage the surface – this procedure is primarily done for exterior patios and travertine pool coping as well as driveway and walkway pavers.
Care & Maintenance of Travertine:
Travertine is porous, and easily stained and is etched by acids. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on Travertine as they leave rings. Fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove shiny surface) if allowed to remain on marble. Wipe up acid spill immediately, and wipe surface with wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.
Natural stone is very porous. The best way to prevent stains is to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away.
Dust mop interior travertine floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
We recommend that you use care and maintenance products from TASMAN CHEMICALS that are specially formulated to protect and enhance the beauty of your travertine. We recommend either STONE SHIELD ( near invisible finish) or the ENHANCE SEALER ( Deepens the natural colour shades in the stone). Once the stone is sealed, clean up is usually easy. We recommend that you use Tilekleen OR Slatekleen Cleaner. Slatekleen cleans with a gentle, pH-neutral formula that removes soils while reinforcing the original protective seal to help prevent future staining.
Although we usually think of travertine as “hard,”, it is a very porous material. Travertine has varying degrees of porosity. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. The liquid eventually evaporates but the stain is left behind.
Removal of oily stains is easily accomplished with a poultice.