When deciding on building or refurbishing a home, one thing to consider is the floor materials you want to use. Though we tend to overlook floors (literally), they are actually an essential component of any household — and not just for the look. Floors, especially in high-traffic areas, collect considerable dirt, dust, germs, and other particles. Over time, these things can accumulate, blemishing the floor and perhaps more importantly affecting the quality of the air. Soft flooring materials such as carpet and rugs generally collect more dirt than hard surface materials such as wood, marble, limestone, granite, terrazzo, travertine, etc. It’s no wonder, then, that in 2011, two-thirds of floor replacement projects used hard surfaces rather than soft ones. There are several wonderful flooring materials to use but for undeniably magnificent floors, travertine is the material to pick.
Travertine is a kind of limestone that is deposited in mineral springs all over the world, from Yellowstone National Park to the hot springs of Italy. They are known for their porous texture and robust durability. One 12″ x 12″ tile of travertine, for example, weighs up to five pounds. Limestone has been used for centuries, as far back as the Roman empire, which used travertine extensively for its construction projects, including the Colosseum. Though much has changed since gladiator days, travertine has remained the same, except maybe that it’s never been more popular. The United States alone use 0.85 tons of travertine every year!
Travertine is known for its resistance to dirty and decay but, as with every mineral, it needs to be cleaned and polished from time to time. When the time comes, travertine cleaning by professionals offers the services needed to fully restore the travertine to its former glory. Travertine polishing and travertine restoration are just a few of the services professional travertine cleaners offer to homeowners and businesses across the country. For more information about travertine polishing and other services, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.