Methods That Keep Your Natural Stone Tile & Grout Easy To Clean
Travertine is one of the best types of natural stone design materials you can use when it comes to achieving a beautiful, authentic and inviting aesthetic to your home. However, there are certain steps you must take to ensure that your travertine tiles and travertine pavers maintain their appeal for years to come.
In particular, cleaning and sealing your travertine patio tiles will maximize your stone’s lifespan while keeping them beautiful and looking like new. Marble Polishing of Orlando’s cleaning and sealing system will enhance the appearance of your outdoor pavements and also prevent them from getting stained.
Why is it necessary to seal?
Until you consider the problems that can rear its ugly head from not doing this, like stained grout that’s virtually impossible to clean and mold and mildew within the grout and creeping under the tile. When compared to scrubbing your tile with a toothbrush like a Victorian charwoman, applying sealer doesn’t seem so hard, does it?
The reason you want to seal your travertine tile with a high quality impregnating sealer is so it will be more resistant to etching from acidic substances and increase the resilience of other damaging forces. For example, when installed on cement, the sealer actually keeps the water from getting into the stone and freezing therefore cracking the stone.
In addition, there two main parts of any tile floor are the tile & the grout. Since grout is naturally porous it does require a sealant to be applied to avoid staining. It is not uncommon to discover that a tile floor was not sealed by the installer because they did not want to wait for the grout to fully cure, which takes anywhere from 48 – 72 hours. To keep your floors looking their best, protect the tile and grout from stains and to make the grout easier to keep clean you will want to ensure an impregnating sealer is used. Sealants fight off staining and etch marks by filling the porous surfaces of the grout and tile and creating a barrier between it and anything trying to penetrate and stain your natural stone.
Outside travertine pavers are naturally durable and resistant to water, allowing them to remain impressive parts of your outdoor decor for many years. However, outdoor travertine pavers need extra protection when used near pool areas, especially salt water pools.
The reason for this is because travertine stones in general feature a surface that is naturally porous. This allows salt water to pool and become absorbed into the stone. Additionally, external sealants are effective at protecting travertine from weathering over the years. During the cold winter months, this procedure can also shield the travertine tile and grout from damage caused by ice repeatedly freezing and thawing.
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