Your Travertine Cleaning, Sealing, and Restoration Specialist
Travertine has been used for centuries to add beauty and elegance to homes, businesses and public landmarks. It was the Romans who first began to use travertine because of its durability in such wonders as the Roman Coliseum. Travertine is commonly used to build walls, floors, countertops, showers, and other interesting structures. The Getty Center, located in Los Angeles, California is another notable structure that features travertine. Today when someone adds travertine to their home or business it instantly increases the value of their property. Go to any shopping mall or casino and you are bound to see these travertine tiles being presented in all their glory. It can be found on both indoor and outdoor surfaces. The eternal qualities of artistic craftsmanship, warmth and permanence are displayed with the use of this unique and beautiful stone.
Why You Need To Hire A Specialist For Cleaning, Sealing, And Restoration
If you are considering hiring a professional company to clean, seal, restore, and protect your travertine floors then you want to make sure you are hiring someone who knows what he is doing and someone who is an expert in travertine cleaning and sealing. There are four principal variations present in the finishes of this natural stone, which are, honed (matte), tumbled, brushed (textured), and last but not least, polished (shiny). Your professional tile cleaner should be able to successfully identify which type of travertine that you have and is its 'porosity', or how porous is the stone. Travertine, like marble, comes from the 'limestone family'. Its color, durability, porosity, and density will vary from quarry to quarry. As a side note the highest grade of travertine comes from Italy. A "one-size-fits-all' mentality is a recipe for disaster when cleaning, sealing, and restoring travertine. When handled correctly travertine can last for decades in your home or office.
Two Of The Biggest Travertine Cleaning Mistakes We See
Cleaning travertine requires special tools, chemicals, sealers, and protectants to prevent scratching, etching, and permanent staining. If your professional DOES NOT have the right tools, chemicals, and expertise he could permanently damage your travertine stone. CAUTION: Never clean travertine (or any stone from the limestone family) with cleaning products containing lemon, bleach, vinegar, or any other type of acidic product. Also never use scouring creams or powders. These types of products will etch or scratch travertine floors and cause permanent damage to your grout lines as well. Also NEVER clean with a high alkaline cleaner as they will break down the sealer leaving your floors vulnerable to water stains, etch marks, and other stains. It has come to our attention that most, if not all, of our competitors will attempt to clean your travertine stone with a high alkaline cleaning solution. Cleaning solutions above a pH level of 8.0 can and will dull your stone.
Here at Liberty Floor Solutions we only use Collodial Micelles Cleaners when cleaning natural stone. Our revolutionary cleaning products are fornulated from 100% bio-based ingredients and do not contain volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.), harmful acids, acetone, butyl, hydrocarbons, or any other hazardous chemical or solvent compound. They have a pH level of 7.4 and will NOT damage your natural stone or remove the shine from your stone.
We also NEVER recommend using OxiClean or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser as a cleaner on any type of natural stone. OxiClean and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser have many beneficial uses but using it to clean your travertine is NOT one of them. Check out our blogs for detailed information on these topics.
The second biggest mistake we see people make is that either the home owner or their 'professional cleaner' will use a generic sealer from the local hardware store and now the floor has a sticky residue. Because travertine is a porous stone, and because the porosity will vary based on the type of travertine it is, you will need a sealer that correctly matches the type of stone you have. You will be glad to know that Liberty Floor Solutions is factory trained and factory certified to clean, seal, and restore Travertine, Limestone, Marble, Granite, Flagstone, and Slate. We are currently the only factory trained, factory certified cleaners in the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Yolo County areas. Cleaning your travertine floors is our passion.
Are You Ready?
Are you ready to get your travertine looking new again? Are you ready to clean, restore, and protect your travertine floors, countertops, and/or showers? If you are ready then give us a call at (916) 525-2456 to set up an appointment for a FREE estimate. We promise no high pressure sales tactics, no gimmicks, and no 'bait and switch'. Why not call us right now while it is still on your mind. Don't Delay - Call TODAY!
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