Travertine tiles are well-suited for Australian climate, for both commercial and residential uses. Travertine floors naturally keep the buildings cool in summer and warm in winter at a rate notably superior to synthetic materials such as ceramics, tile, plastic, or laminate. Travertine is easy to install and maintain, and matte surface minimises the risk of accidents and natural stone is durable and aesthetically pleasing.
In Australia, a wide selection of travertine in varying grades and styles are increasingly popular as the material of choice for pavement, flooring, patios, outdoor areas, stairs, swimming pools, bathrooms, garden installations and other home and office elements. Polished, brushed, honed, saw cut and tumbled travertine are all compatible with Australian weather, though we would suggest filled travertine for areas that will likely be exposed to moisture.
Australia uses the official travertine dimension stone standard specification C1527/C1527M-11 by ASTM International. A wide range of travertine pavers in various patterns costing from $24 each is available on the market, depending on the functional and aesthetic requirements and complexity of your paving product.
Travertine tiles and pavers have a rich heritage dating back to Roman times. They have always had a rich and luxurious allure attached to them. Travertine was used exclusively in building the Roman Colosseum and was the dominant stone used in building the Roman Forum. Basically if you were a noble in Roman times your house had a lot of travertine in it. Nowadays Travertine is not used as a building material but as floor and wall tiles and outdoor pavers. Up until around 2012-2013 travertine tiles and pavers were always VERY expensive and exclusive. It was around this time that Travertine quarry’s in Turkey and Iran doubled production through better mining and production techniques flooding the export market with Travertine tiles and pavers.
This glut in the travertine market lead to a decrease in prices in the Australian market in general. Slate and Stone Discounts then negotiated directly with one of the quarry owners in Turkey. Guaranteeing the purchase of very large quantities of pavers and tiles in return for heavily discounted prices. This has led us to be a market leader in Travertine Tiles and Pavers regarding value for money. We constantly sell our travertine for less than our competitors sale prices. An example of travertine prices is as follows:
Ivory Travertine Honed and Filed Tiles have been used for the bathroom above. The stone comes from Istanbul Travertine Quarries in Turkey. We have tiles and pavers in various sizes in 12mm and 30mm thickness, we can custom order sizes to suit your needs.
Ivory Travertine unfilled and tumbled honed surface pavers and bullnosed pool coping.
A lot of people seem to think all stones are stain proof, If left unsealed spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface of your Travertine.
Every once in a while you may need to clean your Travertine, especially if it’s in a high traffic area or an outside area. There are many affordable cleaners available for Travertine, when cleaning be sure to apply with a mop and if stains are persistent use a more concentrated solution. Do not use any high pressure cleaning equipment when cleaning your tile or paver as it will damage the stone.
Removing stains from your Travertine
If you have a spillage on your Travertine be sure to remove the stain straight away by blotting it up, do not rub it into the Travertine as it will only make it harder for the stain to be removed as the stone. IF the stain remains after light cleaning simply apply a poultice to draw the stain out overnight.
Do NOT clean your Travertine with cleaners that contain lemon, orange, ammonia or vinegar.
Using four different sized travertine pavers creates a french pattern, The biggest advantage when using french pattern is its versatility in design, its ability to work within almost any space, and the character and beauty.
The travertine pavers come in four different sizes to make up the french pattern, all pavers are 12mm thick.
They are the 3 different sizes used in french pattern.
If choosing travertine Pavers for any area, it is important to know the correct way to clean and look after the product as travertine pavers are susceptible to stains especially unfilled and tumbled if they are not sealed correctly, due to the stone being less dense and sensitive to acidic liquids.
1).Test and seal the tone – Travertine that has been installed in any food or drink areas need to sealed especially on bench tops and floors, Sealing your Travertine will ensure your stone is stain resistant.
2).Clean up spills immediately – Travertine is a sensitive stone for sauces, carbonated beverages, red wine and any acidic drinks or food. When cleaning spills do not use bleach, vinegar, lemon or orange cleaning agents, ammonia or any brought products that have been purchased that contain acids, alkalis or other chemicals when cleaning travertine stone.
3). Use a dry dust mop weekly – Instead of vacuuming your travertine floor you will need to use a clean dry dust mop, Vacuuming will create chips and cracks in your flooring. Once a week you can use a wet mop with hot water with a travertine tile cleaner.
4). Protecting your stone– When possible you should use door mats and carpet runners to protect your stone from dirt and elements that will damage the travertine. Countertops and baths, use coasters for all drinks and decorative trays to protect the travertine from cosmetics and bath products like colognes, perfumes, oils, soaps and other toiletries. Prevention is the best remedy when it comes to maintaining travertine.
5). Poultices for stubborn stains — If the travertine gets stained and you can’t fix the problem through the normal cleaning procedures; a poultice may be the solution. Create a paste by combining a formulated stone cleaner with baking powder. Smooth this over the stain and cove with a clear plastic wrap. Let it stand for several days and the poultice will slowly draw the stain out. Remove the poultice with warm water and buff with a cotton cloth or chamois.
6). Stubborn Stains– If you have a serious stain that has penetrated the stone and remains there after you’ve resourced all cleaning processes. You can use Alkaline cleaner, which can be purchased from any stone and tile supply store, this should be a last resource when cleaning travertine stone.
7). Ask a professional – Travertine is a great choice of stone for areas of your home and its a hot item which is a popular selling point for real estate agents. before you purchase travertine you should always ask a professional your limits and efficiency of this type of stone. A professional will also have the answers to all your questions in regards to the proper care and how to avoid and damages to your stone.