Travertine is actually limestone, a natural stone that can be used for countertops without any type of polishing. The stone varies in hardness although it is softer than other types of natural stone used for counters which makes it prone to etching. Travertine is most often used for paving patios or to create garden paths, but more people are choosing the unique stone for countertops. Because the stone is very porous and soft, it is important to understand how to care for a travertine countertop.
Because the stone is soft and porous, it is easily etched by acids like soft drinks, juices or coffee. It can absorb oils more easily than other natural stone countertops as well. Because the stone is porous, polishing powders can accumulate and make it difficult to clean. Only mild dish soap and water should be used to clean a travertine countertop. It is also important to remember that travertine is not a glossy countertop like granite or marble, although it can be polished to give a slightly glossy look. The stone also comes in honed, brushed and tumbled surfaces with hones surfaces the most popular.
Do’s for Travertine Counters
If you install travertine counters, there are some things you must do to keep your counter clean, free from stains and safe from bacteria. Clean spills immediately to minimize damage and be sure to use hot pads and trivets under pans that come directly from the stove. Use placemats when using china, ceramics or silver to prevent scratching. Glasses that contain alcohol or fruit juices should always be placed on a coaster, although it is recommended that coasters be used at all times. If you install travertine in your bathrooms, be sure to use trays for makeup, toiletries and other products.
Don’ts for Travertine Counters
Never use cleaners that contain acid like vinegar, bleach or ammonia. These substances are common in bathroom, tub and grout cleaners. Do not scrub the counters with abrasive cleaners like dry cleansers. Don’t use scouring powders or steel wool to clean the counter. Don’t cut directly on the countertop but instead use cutting boards to avoid scratching.
The best way to protect your travertine counter is to use a professional sealer. The sealer fills the pores and prevents acidic substances from absorbing into the stone. You may need to have the stone resealed periodically to protect the surface.
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