Travertine, also known as calcium carbonate, is created when minerals dissolved in ground water are moved by springs and rivers above ground.
Depending on the iron content, colors can range from ivory to reddish brown.
Travertine tile finishes can be polished, matte or brushed/tumbled. Polished travertine looks like marble whereas brushed/tumbled travertine looks antiqued. In general, it has a natural vein markings that form unique patterns.
Travertine tile is very porous, making even water-based substances problematic. Cleaning with vinegar, because of its acidity, can cause etching. Although sealant is recommended, it does not fully protect travertine. Therefore, it is advisable to wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent damage.
Travertine naturally has many holes, so it is especially vulnerable to wear and tear. Regularly filling holes is part of travertine tile maintenance.
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