An Introduction to Travertine Tiles, Pros, Cons and General Maintenance Tips
Travertine mosaic tiles are known for having holes in the stone. They measure 1 inch by 1 inch, are square in shape and are available in a wide variety of colors. They usually come placed on mesh sheets. The pros are that they are easy to resize and install, very durable, very stylish, can be easily replaced and come in four very different types. However, there are cons: they need to be periodically filled because of the holes mentioned above, need periodic sealing, can stain, and are not the cheapest. Also, we recommend following some of these general maintenance tips. First, for indoor installations, use dry dust mopping for cleaning. Use appropriate cleaners for washing, and rinse afterwards with water. An automatic scrubber can be used in high-traffic areas. And, for outdoor installations, wash with water periodically, for example once a year.
Types and Ideas for Designs
There are four different types of travertine: tumbled, honed, polished, and split face. A tumbled tile type will feature edges that are worn out and a rough surface. It can be used outdoors or indoors. For maintenance purposes, the holes should be filled with grout. It can be set alongside patios or pavers. Also, the tumbled tile type can be used in the bathroom, bathtub, pool and kitchen, or even as flooring accents. Next, the honed type has edges that appear rusty and a matte finish. It has a smooth surface. It can be used in the kitchen and bathrooms. For maintenance, sealing should be applied periodically.
The polished variety appears smooth like marble stone, and also has a matte finish. For maintenance purposes, sealant should be applied in a timely manner and it should be polished often. Lastly, the split face variety looks rough and natural, and can be used on back splash or walls. Use a non-abrasive pad and an appropriate cleaner. And, for general design ideas, place on counter tops or with larger tiles. Herringbone or checkerboard patterns can be made when mixing with other tiles.