Caring For Your Residential Travertine

As old an option it is for a sturdy and reliable building material, travertine tile remains to be a highly diverse natural stone, suitable for all kinds of applications. Travertine was used in the ancient world, but can also be found as a major component of many modern buildings such as the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, and the UCLA medical centre. Travertine tile is used as floor tile in both residential and commercial settings, as well as a decorative option for wall cladding and backsplashes. Travertine tile has both indoor and outdoor uses, being a durable stone, and can be both functional and aesthetically striking. A featured design element of which anyone would find to be a source of pride, the popularity of travertine seems to be undiminished. In fact, it’s getting more popular!

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Basic Information

Travertine tile is a durable and attractive natural stone in a class by itself. Famous structures like the Roman Coliseum stand as a tribute to the long-lasting nature of travertine as a building material. There are many installers and DIYers today who have used travertine tile as both floorings and as wall tile who will also sing its praises as a practical and unique decorative addition to their interiors and exteriors. So, travertine tile has been used and relied upon as tile for thousands of years, holding a place in the development of civilization from the Ancient Greeks, to the Roman Empire, and onto today’s modern age in equal measure. But what are some of the defining characteristics of travertine which sets it apart from other natural stone flooring and tile options?

Travertine is related to marble, actually falling somewhere between marble and limestone in terms of its development over thousands of years. Travertine is formed by subterranean springs, underground rivers, and other water sources. These water sources carry mineral elements such as calcium carbonate that build up over long periods of time in the same way stalactites and stalagmites in caves are formed. The resultant stone is a smooth and very hard substance further characterized by its porous surface. These pores are the result of gases escaping as the travertine is formed. By the time it is quarried, travertine is naturally beautiful – a smooth, dense stone that exhibits a notable creamy color that evokes a certain old-world refinement. Commonly found in Italy and Turkey, travertine remains to be a popular import for construction products all over the world, including North America.

Some Basic Issues

At Stone Masters of Idaho, we want your travertine to look its best. Learn about what makes each stone type unique and what variety will work best for you. By learning about the strengths and weaknesses of each type, you can learn how to avoid common wear and tear issues.


A dull spot on the stone. There are various causes for etching.


Loss of Shine

This is exactly as it says. You lose that luster and brilliance of the shine over time due to a myriad of issues. This is usually an easier fix than most issues though.



This can happen from simple things such as a Kool-Aid spill, all the way to a spill of ink on a countertop. Stone Masters Of Idaho is prepared in any event big or small to help you tackle these issues!


How to Care For Your Travertine

Much like marble and limestone, travertine follows suit when it comes to how to care for it. As you can see above, the issues that travertine are prone to will match both marble and limestone almost identically as far as the basics go. This means that caring for your travertine will require polishing, honing and sealing to ensure long lasting shine and that new ‘fresh” look. Nobody wants to spend a significant amount of money and then have the product look bad. That’s where Stone Masters come in and shine! With our 25 years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise for every situation. Let us worry about polishing, restoration, replacement and new installations!