Travertine Countertops: Advantages And How To Care For Them

Posted on: 9 November 2015

Many homeowners looking to replace their old countertops often look at travertine as a possible replacement. This natural stone has a striking resemblance to marble, but is typically softer and visibly porous, giving it a natural, textured look. 

With travertine, you can get a less expensive, yet highly sophisticated material for your flooring tiles, wall coverings, paving and countertops. This article will look at the advantages of travertine countertops and how to properly care for this material so as to retain its stunning beauty and prolong its lifespan.

Why you should consider travertine

Firstly, this natural stone is available in a wide range of warm and beautiful shades that can provide an aesthetically pleasing indoor look. You can purchase travertine in shades of walnut, gold, cream, coral red, beige and ivory just to mention a few. The stone is also good at reflecting light, allowing it to brighten up your bathrooms or kitchen while giving an elegant, antique look.

Travertine tends to be naturally rough, allowing it to provide a safe, high friction area for bathroom flooring and around pool areas. When honed and polished, travertine transforms into a smooth, slick surface that is excellent for backsplashes, fireplace panels, showers and sinks.

This smooth surface makes it easy to wipe your countertops with a damp cloth so as to keep them crisp and clean. The only other major maintenance requirement for travertine is to seal it at least twice annually so as to help retain its shine and prevent moisture absorption..

Caring for travertine

For all its advantages, travertine needs delicate care, as it is easily etched or scratched by abrasive substances.

To prevent any staining on travertine countertops, wipe up any corrosive substances such as wine, coffee, fruit juice and cooking oil as soon as possible. You should also make it a habit to place coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans to prevent any etching on the polish.

While cleaning, use a sponge/soft cloth and warm, soapy water to gently scrub your travertine surfaces so as to prevent scratching, but avoid using generic cleaning products such as bleach, glass cleaners or degreasers, as they will eventually dull the finish. Additionally, avoid using orange, tile or grout cleaners, as they often contain abrasives that may corrode the countertops and degrade the sealer, leaving the stone more vulnerable to moisture absorption and staining,

Additionally, protect your travertine countertops from staining by placing perfumes, hair and nail products, creams and lotions on protective trays.

If you have any questions about travertine, or countertops in general, consider looking into websites of local professionals, such as


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