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August 5, 2016

TRAVERTINE COLORS AND TILE SIZES THAT ARE AVAILABLE HERE IN AUSTRALIA

Travertine colors, finishes, and more

The natural shades of travertine ranges from soft ivory and pale creamy white to rich golden shades of walnut and honey, silvery greens, rustic reds, and deep mocha coffee shades. Since travertine is a natural stone and the colors depend on local mineral and organic materials, the tiles are never a single solid color, although some travertine varieties are more consistent in color. Colors in each tile will vary with mottling and veins or bands of contrasting color throughout the stone. Each stone has unique character and style, although stones quarried from the same area will have enough overall similarity to create a beautiful floor.

 

Travertine Colors

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Beige Travertine Tile

  • Walnut – a variety of mid range browns from dark tan to milk chocolate
  • Noce – shades of walnut that range from medium gold to dark coffee
  • Chocolate – deep, rich dark brown
  • Silver – light ivory tiles with a hint of gray that creates a silvered appearance.
  • Philadelphia – earthy, medium range tan colors with a high degree of natural striation
  • Gold – rich shades of golden honey
  • Light – pale cream or ivory
  • Navona – very light beige (almost white) with a rustic, antique appearance
  • Emerald – pale shades with a greenish tinge
  • Emerald Light –  Pale green veins on white background
  • Onyx Light – Honey yellow onyx veins on white background
  • Mina Rustic  – Blend of beige and walnut and has some yellow and black veins. Has more variation comparing the other colors
  • Mina Dark- One tone darker than Beige, it can be described as “Light Walnut”
  • Scabos – a highly variegated degree of colors ranging from light honey to dark rust
  • Durango – cloudy ivory and light khaki tile speckled with tiny black dendrites
  • Red – travertine that contains a high rust content can range from a pale rust to a vibrant scarlet
  • Rosa – a deep rose pink mottled with cream
  • Gray – a heavily striated dark gray travertine
  • Classico – a uniform color and patterning that resembles natural cork
  • Beige – ranging in color from lightest ivory to pale fawn

Travertine Finishes

Tumbled Travertine Tile

Tumbled and Unfilled Travertine

  • Polished – The travertine is smoothed and polished to a shiny, reflective surface similar to marble. This finish is most common in commercial applications.
  • Honed – A honed finish is flat and satiny smooth with a low-shine matte finish. Honed travertine is the most popular choice for home use.
  • Brushed – Brushed travertine has slightly rough texture and a matte finish. More antique and is less slippery compared to honed or polished finish
  • Saw Cut  – A flat, very matte finish with no honing or polish. No further finishing after being cut with the wet saw.
  • Tumbled – Tumbled travertine is the most natural finish, resulting in a highly textured finish with no shine and edges that are rounded with a worn appearance that resembles ancient stone. Tumbled travertine is most often found in outdoor installations.

Travertine Filling

  • Unfilled – Travertine in its naturally porous state with naturally occurring holes.
  • Filled – Most commonly, the porous holes in travertine are filled with a mixture of a hardener like cement and dust byproducts from the cutting and honing process for a perfect color match.

Travertine Tile Thickness

Standard travertine tile thicknesses are 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ for tiles and 1 1/4″ for pavers the recommended thickness varies depending on the type of travertine and the intended purpose.

Custom thickness can be cut to exact measurements, bearing in mind that the thinner travertine is cut, the more its tensile strength diminishes.

Travertine Tile Sizes

Travertine comes in many different sizes ranging from small pieces suitable for mosaic tiles to large-scale tiles suitable for installation in commercial building lobbies. Since travertine is a natural stone and color depends on the influences of local nature and minerals, not every color will be available in every size. It is more difficult to mine large, consistent pieces from some areas.

Some of the more common sizes are:

12″x12″x3/8″
16″x16″x1/2″
16″x16″x3/8″
16″x24″x1/2″
18″x18″x1/2″
24″x24″x1/2″
24″x24″x5/8″
3″x6″x3/8″
4″x4″x3/8″
4″x8″x3/8″
6″x6″x3/8″
8″x16″x1/2″
8″x8″x1/2″
8″x8″x3/8″
12″x12″x1/2″
12″x24″x1/2″
Antique Pattern
French/Villa Pattern
Small Pattern

Patterns are mixes of different sized tiles designed to be used together.

Antique Pattern:

Also known as Meandros pattern, sets include tiles in the following proportions:

1 pcs 16″x24″, 2 pcs 16″x16″, 1 pcs 8″x16″, 2 pcs 8″x8″.

Antique Pattern Tile layout

Antique Pattern Tile Layout

French or Villa or Versailles Pattern:

Villa Pattern sets include tiles in the following proportions:

2 pcs 16″x24″, 6 pcs 16″x16″, 4 pcs 8″x16″, 4 pcs 8″x8″.

Villa Tile Pattern Sample

Villa Tile Pattern Sample

Villa Pattern Tile Layout Sample

Villa Pattern Tile Layout Sample

Small Pattern:

Small Pattern sets include tiles in the following proportions:

1 pc 12”x18”, 2 pcs 12”x12”, 1 pc 6”x12”, 2 pcs 6”x6”

Edge Detail

Brushed & Chiseled Edge Travetine Tile

Brushed & Chiseled Edge Travertine Tile

  • Chiseled Edge – Natural stone with rustic chiseling around the edges. Travertine can be hand or machine chiseled. Machine chiseling is most common because it is less expensive and very consistent. Hand chiseled cuts are more random in size and placement.
  • Tumbled Edge – Tumbling travertine produces a rough, textured finish with rounded corners for a naturally aged appearance.
  • Straight Edge – Sharp 90° corners and edges.
  • Chamfered, eased edge, or beveled – A 90° edge that has been eased by angling tiny portion of the edge to make two 45° angles that fit together.
  • Pillowed Edge – Pillowed edge refers to a rounded bullnose edge all around the tile.
August 3, 2016

Travertine and ALL natural stone, should I seal it? – “How to series”

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One of the most common questions regarding the sealing of tile, grout and natural stone is, “Do we need to seal?” The answer is that all stone and tile products –even porcelain tile –benefits from sealing. There is a broad range of elements that can penetrate or hold to the surface, including grout, dyes, polyester resins, epoxy resins, oil, water, etc.

Many products on the market have been designed to beautify and “protect” the surfaces of stone, tile and grout, including sealers, finishes, color enhancers and waxes. As the name implies, sealers actually seal the surface tight against chemicals, water and other contaminants. Normally, a finish is placed on top of a sealer. Sealers typically are not vapor permeable and can be semi-permanent and hard to repair.

Sealers can be water-based or solvent-based. Most water-based sealers cannot be used outside.

Finishes

Finishes are coatings that incorporate acrylic polymers, synthetic polymerized waxes and natural waxes. These products form a hard, transparent film. They are typically applied to a surface after it has been sealed. The solids content normally dictates cost. Finishes range from 8 to 38% solids content. The higher the solids, the more difficult to use, and the more expensive it is.

Most finishes in high-traffic areas require daily maintenance of cleaning, mopping and restoring with a high-speed buffing. Typically, finishes have a limited life span of a few weeks to one year before complete stripping and re-coating is required. Stripping of sealers and finishes can do much of the damage associated with top coating natural stone.

Finishes are normally used inside away from sun, wind and rain. Typically, finishes are hard to repair and must be stripped or re-coated. They also lack vapor permeability.

Waxes

Waxes are normally comprised of naturally occurring elements such as carnuba, montan, ozokorite and beeswax. These elements are heated and emulsified to desired solids content ranging from 8 to 40%. Waxes are soft materials and require buffing to obtain gloss. Waxes have low durability and may require multiple applications. Most waxes are vapor permeable and can be easily applied and repaired when scratched or damaged.

Color enhancers

These products are topical coatings in the truest sense of the word. Typically, these products are acrylics and modified acrylics with lower solids and lower viscosity. They tend to penetrate more deeply than a traditional topical coating. Color enhancers can also be more durable, allow vapor transmission and many can be used outside in the elements. As with most products, color enhancers are available in both solvent-based and water-based formulas.

Stripping coatings

In most instances, solvent-based coatings are not compatible with water-based coatings. In addition,

it typically takes a solvent-based stripper to remove a solvent-based coating and a water-based stripper to remove a water-based coating. It is important to keep similar chemicals applied to the same surface. Should a mix occur, an adhesion challenge may take place and although it may look and feel correct, the end result will cause the coatings to separate.

Impregnators/penetrating sealers

These products are surface treatments that will not change the natural look of the substrate. Impregnators will not show scratching or scuffing and do not require constant attention to maintain the quality of finish. Re-application of an impregnator can range from six months to 20 years, depending on the manufacturer, substrate and surface location.

Impregnators are typically low molecular weight polymers formulated to penetrate below the surface. To accomplish this feat, monomers are simply hydrolyzed in the presence of solvent or water. The low viscosity allows complete wetting of the particles or fibers within the given substrate. When the carrier of solvent or water evaporates, the impregnator reacts to leave a long-lasting, invisible barrier of protection from the elements.

There are three basic ways the impregnator works. With water-based impregnators, the water evaporates and leaves behind a film. This film changes the angle of contact between liquid and the solid surface that has been treated. The greater the angle of contact between the liquid and the solid, the more difficult it is to penetrate the solid.

The impregnator film also reduces surface tension, making it more difficult for most liquids to penetrate the solid surface. This change in surface tension also creates the “beading” action that customers are so fond of.

With solvent-based impregnators, there is an added benefit of a cross-link phenomenon that creates a “barrier.” This added barrier virtually eliminates any penetration of liquids.

For these three reasons, products that best protect stone and tile against water and oil stains contain complex and unique polymers and co-polymers.

Solvent-based impregnators vs. water-based impregnators

The only way to protect the substrate is to penetrate it with something that will carry the protection into it. The protection can come from silicones, silanes, siloxanes and various polymers and co-polymers. Nevertheless, it has to be carried into the substrate, and it will typically use one of two carriers: solvent or water.

Typically, solvents will allow varied and deeper penetration into the substrate than water. The curing process, which is a result of evaporation, can be adjusted by using different solvents. Solvent-based impregnators can be cross-linked, allow a wider temperature window for application, have better durability, and are typically unaffected by exposure to cold during application, storage and shipment.

Water is hydroscopic and will hold out on the surface. The protection cannot penetrate any deeper than the water will. The protection can only be in place when the water evaporates. For many dense surfaces, like porcelain tile and polished granite, water will not penetrate very deeply (if at all) and the protection is left at the surface with poorer durability over the long term. Any polymer can be emulsified, but unlike solvent-based products, water-based products cannot be cross-linked to give best performance.

Water-based products are typically lower in toxicity and have little or no smell as compared to similar solvent-based products. Contrary to some beliefs, water-based products are no easier to use or apply than comparable solvent-based products. In some instances, they can present difficult challenges when removal is necessary.

Different protection sources

The most common protection sources of an impregnator come from the silicone family and the fluropolymer family. Silicones are any group of semi-organic polymers containing chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, characterized by wide-range thermal stability and used in adhesives, lubricants, protective coatings and synthetic rubber. Silicones can actually last longer that the substrate they have been applied to. Unaffected by outside elements, they can only be damaged by temperatures of +900 to +1,200 degrees F or by exposing them to a very strong caustic solution.

Co-polymers and fluropolymers are relatively new to the tile and stone industry. Usually, these products consist of long-chained molecules that contain fluorine and carbon. Because fluorine is electronegative, it is not found occurring naturally in the earth. Rather, it is always combined with something else. By extracting fluorine and then combining it with carbon, one can achieve many desired properties when such a material is applied to a substrate. These raw materials have been utilized in the fabric and textile industry for many years.

As a rule, silicone-type products repel water very well and are weaker at oil repellency, and fluropolymer-type products are weak at repelling water but good for repelling oil. It is difficult to achieve both, and most products on the market sacrifice in one area or the other. Research will find that just a few products that actually work well at repelling both elements over the long term.

Do not be misled by the unit cost of the product you are considering. There is a wide range of prices on the products available. We suggest using the cost-per-square-meter to determine which product is more expensive. Expect to pay between $60 per litre and covers 10m2 per litre, and another product costs $90 but covers 10m2 per litr. (depends solely on which suburb you shop in)

To ensure that a product will perform as promised, request independent backup for all claims made by any company. It is very simple for manufacturers to supply their products to independent labs for testing. If the results favor the specific needs of an application, then test the products yourself.

Which surfaces benefit?

Surfaces that will benefit include: grout, quarry tile, ceramic tile, some glazed tile, some porcelain tile, marble, granite, travertine, limestone, slate, brick, terrazzo, quartz, sandstone, flagstone, concrete, masonry, saltillo, terra-cotta, cantera and all types of natural and cast tile and stone products.

An impregnator will resist water, oils, grease, mold, mildew, algae, efflorescence, graffiti, grout dyes, epoxy grout film, cement grout film, mortar haze, acid rain, atmospheric dirt, lime deposits, soap scum and other penetrating items. In addition, many impregnators make the surface less slippery, harder, and allow 100% vapor transmission.

It is also important to note that while kitchens and restrooms represent approximately 10% of a facility, they are used by 100% of the occupants and visitors and cause more than 80% of the facility complaints. This is an important factor when considering that these areas typically utilize stone and tile.

Uses for impregnators include but are not limited to: grout release, kitchen floors and counters, showers, baths, driveways, pool areas, garages, restaurants, cafeterias, grocery and meat markets, loading dock areas, exterior walkways (to minimize damage associated with freeze/thaw) and buildings exteriors (to resist weather and acid rain). In addition to residential applications, sealers have been successfully used at hospitals, schools, government facilities, airports, train and bus stations, hotels, quarries, industrial plants, laboratories, service stations, bridge abutments, historical sites and shopping malls.

August 2, 2016

Installation of travertine tiles and pavers – “How to Series”

The following procedure is for the installation of Natural Stone Travertine Tile for Flooring. It may be used over any wood or cement floor that is structurally sound and dry. In new home constructions where plywood is used as a sub floor, it is suggested that an underlayment or backer board needs to be attached to the sub floor to insure rigidity where travertine floors will be installed.

Step 1

Clean area where travertine is to be installed. In the case of smooth painted or varnished floors, it is necessary to sand with a very coarse sand paper to assure a good mastic bond.

Step 2

Lay out the travertine to understand pattern choices. For multi-color travertine, blend tile randomly to give proper blend of colors as color vary from tile to tile.

Installation of travertine tiles

Step 3

Using a notched 10mm notch trowel, hold at a 45° angle to be sure a full ridge is made with the notches. Spread thinset on the floor starting at a far corner so you can back out of the room as your proceed. Spread just enough area so you can reach over it to place the travertine.Spread a good amount of thinset on the floor. Adding or taking away thinset will ensure that all the tiles are evenly set

Step 4

Maintain a grout space between the pieces as recommended by the travertine supplier (3-5mm) depending on the size of the tiles. To do these accurately, use spacers. Travertine may also be laid without joints, in which case edges are then butted against one another, only if the material is honed or polished, however we recommend 2-3mm joint.

Step 5

Each piece of travertine should be firmly pressed into the adhesive to secure a good bond, back buttering of the tile is also recommended.

Step 6

After all travertine is set in place – allow at least 24-36 hours depending on weather conditions, for drying before grouting joints.

Step 7

Travertine tile can be easily cut with a wet saw using a diamond blade.

Grouting and Cleaning

1.Have all equipment and material clean. Clean all joints and surface of the travertine. Applying clear sealer or enhancer is recommended on travertine before grouting, so that the grout color does not penetrate the travertine tiles. Use clear sealer or enhancer as a grout release to insure a clean surface.

Using a Clear Sealer or Enhancer is a personal choice.

2. Add water slowly while mixing to get the texture of damp sand mix grout according to the manufacturer specs, and apply with a grout float to press grout deeply between the joints. Mix only enough grout to be used in about 30 minutes or difficulty will result in hardening in the pail.

3.Apply mix to joints with a grout float making certain that the joint is completely filled with mix.

4.Trowel or wipe off surplus grout from travertine with a damp sponge. Rinse several times with clean water, changing the water as often as necessary so it remains clear. It is very important to do this as you go along.

5.After grout has set hard to the touch, clean surface of travertine and along grout line by rubbing briskly with a clean piece of cloth.

6. Let joints harden for three days.

7.Wash floor completely again by freely applying fresh clean water with sponge on the entire flooring and sponging dry.

Finishing

Applying clear sealer or enhancer is recommended after installation to seal the travertine tiles and the grout lines using the same sealer used as a grout release prior to grouting, wipe off all excess sealer so there is no fogging.

Using the same sealer used as grout release prior to grouting, to seal the floor, apply the 2nd coat on the tiles and grout, wipe of all excess sealer so there is no fogging.

Sealing travertine is necessary, it is a matter of choice – whether you choose to retain the natural beauty of the travertine or apply a chemical sealer that is available in a shiny or matte finish. Sealers may be purchased at retail stone dealers.

HELPFUL HINTS: Do not apply a sealer over wet, waxed or oiled travertine.

1.Apply sealer with a large clean cloth or with a paint pad. Apply in a thin coat. Sealer or enhancer will dry to the touch within two hours, however, it is advisable to stay off the floor for 24 hours.

July 7, 2016

French Pattern Travertine explained in images and writing

French Pattern Travertine

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In the world of flooring there are many choices to choose from in type, quality, and style. The style is what we will discuss here as we look at the one of the most popular styles on the planet right now in the French Pattern, Ashlar Pattern or the Four Piece Pattern. The terms of French Pattern, Ashlar Pattern or the Four Piece Pattern are used interchangeably and are just regional ways of saying the same thing. We have to recognize the identifying qualities of French or Versailles Pattern set as being a single 16×24, a single 8×16, two pieces of 16×16, and two pieces of 8×8. The total square footage of one “set” is eight square feet. The layout as you will see from the image below begins to form its own beautiful style as they are interlayed onto the chosen area.

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What makes the French Pattern so desirable is the ability to design a beautiful style regardless of the amount of space available. It’s obvious when one sees a pool deck designed with a French Pattern, what makes it so special and exotic. Natural stone suppliers, such as Stone & Slate Discounts have the French Pattern style available either in pallets of 25 set (two 8×8, one 8×16, two 16×16, and one 16×24 per set) or in their individual sizes. Your installer will know how much French Pattern will be needed to pave your home. Two sets are shown below in the layout that makes the basis of the French Pattern.

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Once your contractor orders your French Pattern pavers, it is either shipped to your home by a delivery truck or picked up by your installer. It is then delivered to your home and the installers will begin working on the process of preparing the ground to lay your flooring. Stone & Slate Discounts specializes in Natural Stone and is one of the leading national names in French Pattern sales in the industry.

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Travertine Pavers – before and after images

Why choose Travertine for your Pool Paving Tiles

Travertine Tiles Before After

Travertine is becoming the go to for building luxury pool paving. This new trend is due to the fact that Travertine is a natural stone with a great reputation for its durability since ancient times.  In fact it was the primary material used to build the Coliseum in Rome which still stands to this day.

Today Travertine is the number one choice among homeowners, builders, architects and designers.  Not only for its beauty, durability and heat resistant but the most important for having a non-slip surface.

Travertine pavers look very classy and with its distinctive vivid colors it gives you a variety of options and styles to go alongside your pool deck.  Over the years Brick pavers and other man made pavers will fade on the contrary Travertive pavers will not.

Adding Natural Stone in your pool deck will increase the value of the house giving you a great chance for a return on your investment.  Another significant advance is the durability. The stone will endure throughout the years.

Additional advantage for choosing Travertine for your pool paving is that is easy to maintain and smooth on the feet, it naturally absorbs water for a non-slip surface. Travertine is famous for not getting too hot which is perfect for those hot summer days at the pool.

So what’s not to love about Travertine for your pool? Throughout the years that beautiful stone will be the witness of joyful times by your gorgeous pool paving tiles.

travertine tiles for outdoor use

Outdoor Tiles – The Bigger The Better OR French Pattern Rules?

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The oversized rectangular shape provides the perfect paver to create a patio that is modern and sophisticated while blending beautifully with the natural environment.  It is ideal to use bigger stones like 610×406 our biggest size in Travertine in pool decks, patios, walkways and stepping stones. OR if you are looking for something a little more sophisticated FRNCH PATTERN is the answer.

Silver Grey Travertine

When using Travertine Pavers to your outdoor you are not only adding value to your house but you are also bringing the beautiful elements only natural stone can offer. If you want to achieve that seamless look you can’t go wrong with this large stone. You will have cleaner lines giving you that modern and sophisticated feel.

A great way you can use this oversized stone is by incorporating with synthetic grass also known as Turf.  Synthetic grass is becoming very popular among architect, designers and trendy homeowners due to its durability, easy to maintain, and looks green all year long.  It provides the most realistic look and feel and is a great solution for shady areas, pets and water conservation.

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Travertine tiles for bathroom walls and floors

Travertine Tiles For Bathroom

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If you are looking for ideas for bathroom decoration, you are at the right place. If you are tired of the same look, it is time for a change! If you want to renovate your bathroom decor, you options are endless. You can do a complete renovation or you can take small steps that can change the atmosphere!

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You can use natural stone to change the floor and wall tiles of your bathroom. Travertines tile is mostly used for these purposes. It has a smooth finish making it very nice to step on it bare feet perfect for bathroom floor. When using travertine tiles in the bathroom many people prefer on the floor and walls. This combination offers a more luxurious and attractive look. The best decoration idea for the bathroom is when you match floor with walls. You can apply on all four walls or you can just do half section of the wall if you desire. If you are on a budget partial applications are more suitable. You don’t have to sacrifice the good looks of travertine even on a budget.

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Changing the cabinets is another great idea to transform the ambience. If you have a small bathroom, try to choose lighter tones for your cabinets, darker color tends to close up the space. This may look like a small change but when you upgrade the cabinets you will see how different your bathroom will look. Adding travertine countertops will only enhance the new cabinets. Bringing the natural elements to your bathroom will create a chic and elegant space.

Another type of travertine used in bathroom is shower tile. Travertine is proper for wet areas and that make it perfect as a shower tile. It offers you a non-slip surface. It is a very important feature for shower tiles. You can find travertine tiles with many different colors and patterns, there are many options to choose from.

If you have smaller budget but still want to change look of your bathroom you can try tile backsplash or mosaics. It is used as the border of bathtub or sink. This is a small change but very effective when decorating and upgrading your bathroom!

Travertine floor tiles for indoor use

Travertine Tiles for Indoor Use

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Travertine is used for many different purposes as you can see throughout history. Travertine Stones are used in many top buildings in Rome. They used this natural stone in walls, floorings and baths. Today this stone is used for indoor and outdoors such as floor, shower and wall tiles, pool deck, patio, driveway. Travertine comes in many colors making it easy to be used anywhere and adapts to any décor.

Travertine stones are member of the limestone family. Been from the same family it provides the same durability. Generally breaks, corrosion and cracking are major problems on flooring. This always comes to mind when choosing flooring tiles. You don’t need to worry about it anymore. Travertine Stone is very durable and you will not experience these problems. So the prices may seem higher than other materials, but it will definitely be worth it.

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This natural stones looks amazing on the outside in its natural environment. Now image bringing those elements inside of your house? You can use in different parts of your home; the natural look will create a peaceful and chic atmosphere.

Natural stone tiles are becoming popular every year. Everyday preferred by more people. Once you decorate your home with this Stones, you will see how influenced the overall atmosphere of your home will become. It can be used in flooring, bathroom, shower tile, stairs, walls or you can use as accent. If you are still undecided, you can try in smaller spaces first and then you can incorporate throughout the house.

July 5, 2016

Cleaning travertine Tiles & Pavers DO’S and DON’TS

Cleaning Travertine Tiles: Do’s & Don’ts

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Use the following Do’s and Don’ts to learn how to clean travertine, help you avoid bad habits and establish a safe method for travertine maintenance.

Transparent background tick  Blot up spills immediately. As noted above, travertine tile is much more sensitive than granite to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletry products and cleaning products that can etch (dull) the finish (on both shiny “polished” and matte “honed” finishes) or stain the surface.

Transparent background tick    Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth. The only cleaning agents you should use on a regular basis are hot water to wipe up crumbs and small messes and then a stone cleaner once daily (or as needed for bigger messes). Buff dry with a cotton cloth or chamois. Using a mild soap occasionally (3-4 times a year) for cleaning travertine won’t harm the stone, but consistent use will dull the surface with a soap film.

Transparent background tick    Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans. Bottles, cans and glasses with acidic drinks may etch the polish or damage the surface leaving a “glass ring.”

So make cleaning travertine easy and avoid expensive marble polishing and marble restoration by treating your travertine surfaces like fine wood furniture. Always use coasters… no matter what.

Transparent background tick    Use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom. A decorative tray can look very nice and it will protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.

Transparent background tick    Dust mop your travertine floor tiles regularly.   Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop. Be careful using a vacuum cleaner. Worn parts or grit jammed by the wheels may scratch the surface. Also, mop regularly using a specialized stone floor cleaner.

TIP: Travertine polishing on floor tile makes a very slick surface, so go with a “honed”, “flamed” or “tumbled travertine” floor tile. It will look warm and inviting and hide dust and dirt better.

Also, travertine’s distinctive voids and holes should be filled upon installation to keep dirt from accumulating.

Transparent background tick    Use doormats inside and out along with runners and area rugs. Grit, dirt and sand carried in by our shoes are abrasive and will wear and scratch travertine floor tiles.

delete-dust-bin-erase-eraser-remove-icon-1 Use generic, store-bought cleaning products of ANY kind. Cleaning travertine with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can etch or damage the countertop or tile surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining.

It may not happen right away and trying to save money by using cheap, generic surface cleaners only ensures that you’ll spend a lot  more time and money on your travertine care in the long-run performing expensive repairs or travertine restoration.

delete-dust-bin-erase-eraser-remove-icon-1 Use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange for cleaning travertine.  As noted above, a sponge with hot water and a stone cleaner are the only agents to use.

delete-dust-bin-erase-eraser-remove-icon-1 Use a generic bathroom, tub & tile or grout cleaner. The powders and even the “soft” creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull the surface.

Use only products specially formulated for cleaning travertine like the STONE CARE products recommended.

delete-dust-bin-erase-eraser-remove-icon-1 Sit or stand on your countertops. Unlike laminate countertops, travertine countertops are not flexible and they DO NOT have a plywood backing, so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.

delete-dust-bin-erase-eraser-remove-icon-1 Place toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.  Hair products, toothpaste, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, lotions, and potions may stain or damage the surface or etch the finish leaving a dull spot or ring. Protect your countertop by placing these products on a decorative tray like they do in fancy hotels!

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June 28, 2016

The installation of Travertine tiles transform this small townhouse backyard

Natural Stone Pavers Transform this Townhouse Backyard

Townhouse Backyard Design taken to a new level with Travertine Pavers

When we think of landscape design, we often think of a large green canvas that extends for acres, assuming it´s necessary for creative inspiration. Well, here at StoneHardscapes, we´d have to respectfully disagree. Our company´s philosophy states that there is no project too big or too small, and we proudly stand by that. Everyone deserves to create a space they love, their own little escape from the real world, and you can create that space in just a few short hours, with a simple backyard design.

Recently, we had home owners come to us with a 50m² project. They had a couple who wanted to transform their townhouse backyard design to create a functional outdoor area they can call their own.

In-house design consultant, Steve Taylor (Master Stonemason), got right to work. Listening to the client´s needs and wants, Steve discussed the variety of options available to achieve their goals within their budget.

The result: Laying travertine tiles throughout the space.

The project was completed in 24 hours, allowing the family to relax and host their first Sunday bbq for a few friends and family that very weekend. Since completion, the family has made this outdoor space their main entertainment area, enjoying nightly family dinners and continuing the weekend barbecues with friends and family.

“This family transformed their small outdoor space into an extraordinary outdoor oasis, while ultimately increasing their property´s value. The outcome…an elegant and functional sanctuary to relax, read, sun, grill, and entertain family and friends.

 

Before the travertine tiles were installed in Melbourne

 

After the travertine tiles were installed in Melbourne

 

 

 

 

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