Travertine tile is one of the hottest design trends of 2020. If you are not familiar with this natural stone, keep reading and we will have you educated on this type of flooring in no time, including the pros and cons of travertine tile, and how to clean this tile effectively.

What is Travertine Flooring?
Travertine is a natural stone, just like granite on your countertops or marble in your bathroom. However, travertine only develops around certain types of mineral spring deposits, which gives this limestone a unique and distinctive appearance.

Travertine is commonly used for flooring and backsplash and is available in four basic styles or textures:
1. Brushed Travertine – Has a matte or non-reflective finish due to a wire brush treatment.
2. Honed Travertine – Halfway between matte and glossy, which creates a balanced, polished look.
3. Polished Travertine – Shiny and glossy, it has an eye catching, more sophisticated style.
4. Tumbled Travertine – Treated to create an aged and rustic look.

Pros and Cons of Travertine Tile
Like all flooring types, travertine tile has a blend of qualities that make it ideal for some settings, but unsuitable for others. If you are currently considering new floors or backsplash for your home, here are a few pros and cons to consider when deciding if travertine is a good fit for you.

Benefits to Travertine
• Beauty – No one can deny the lavish, classical beauty of travertine flooring or backsplash.
• Durability – With the proper treatment and maintenance, travertine is extremely durable against scratching and cracking, which makes it a great choice for homes with small children or large pets.
• Value – The installation of travertine floors or backsplash can increase the value of your property, something to consider if you plan on selling your home one day.

Cons of Travertine
• Maintenance – Travertine floors and backsplash must be sealed during installation and re-sealed every three to five years to protect it against moisture, staining and other damage.
• Hardness – Travertine is a type of stone; it feels firmer than other flooring materials.
• Temperature – Travertine tends to stay cool. While this may be ideal in hot climates, a cool floor may be a drawback in cold weather homes.

Cleaning Travertine
Like other stone floors, travertine floors and backsplash have tiny, porous openings. While these openings are nearly invisible to the naked eye, they are large enough to absorb moisture and hold harmful particles of debris. This can damage the floor over time, making it more susceptible to discoloration, chipping, or cracking. To reduce the risk of any damage, it’s important to treat travertine with sealers when the floors are installed. Sealant must be reapplied every three to five years to ensure long lasting protection against damage. Once sealant has been applied, cleaning and maintenance are simple. To get the best results, simply wipe down or mop the tiles with a gentle, non-abrasive cleaning solution recommended by the manufacturer.

Finding Travertine for Flooring and Backsplash
Look no further than Flowers Flooring, located in Cornelius, NC, for gorgeous travertine samples. Schedule a FREE in-home estimate and Flowers Flooring will bring the travertine samples directly to you. Or stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom to view hundreds of samples and to learn more about this timeless flooring. Call today to learn more and to inquire about our current promotion and finance offer (704) 445-7750.

Flowers Flooring is a flooring sales and installation provider located in Cornelius, NC. We service the entire Charlotte, NC metro area including Huntersville, Ballantyne, Denver, Kannapolis, Rock Hill and more. Read our hundreds of Google reviews to learn what customers love so much about our flooring and our installation practices.