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Care and Maintenance of Travertine in Malta

Care and Maintenance of Travertine in Malta

Travertine, a captivating stone formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate around mineral springs, is a popular choice for enhancing the beauty of homes in Malta. Its unique character is defined by the presence of cavities and imprints, lending a distinctive touch to each piece. Here, we explore essential care and maintenance tips to ensure your travertine surfaces retain their timeless allure.

Daily Cleaning

For daily upkeep, a gentle touch goes a long way. Simply use a damp, non-abrasive cloth to wipe down your travertine surfaces. Opt for neutral soaps that won’t harm the stone. Avoid the use of scouring pads, acidic detergents, or abrasive cleaning agents, as these can potentially scratch, stain, or harm the surface.

Guard Against Acids

Travertine is vulnerable to the corrosive effects of acidic substances, such as vinegar, wine, fruit juices, coffee, and tea. These liquids have the potential to leave stubborn stains on the stone. If any spills occur, act swiftly. Immediately clean the affected area with a soft damp cloth and mild neutral soap to prevent permanent damage.

Mind the Heat

While travertine can endure moderate heat for short durations, it’s wise to exercise caution. Extended exposure to high heat sources can lead to unsightly stains or cracks. Never place hot cookware directly on travertine surfaces; instead, use trivets or hot pads to safeguard against heat-induced harm.

Reduce Friction

Minimise abrasive friction on your travertine surfaces by avoiding actions like pulling, sliding, or dragging objects across them. These actions can lead to unsightly scratches, detracting from the stone’s natural beauty.

Beware of Sunlight

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can alter the color of travertine permanently. Over time, the stone may fade in response to sun and light exposure. Additionally, be mindful of surface discoloration, which can occur when objects remain stationary on the stone for extended periods.

Limestone Considerations

While limestone is renowned for its durability, its weight, texture, and moisture sensitivity make it somewhat delicate. When placing objects on travertine surfaces, consider these factors. Abrasive materials can scratch, acids and moisture can stain, sunlight can discolor, and excessive weight or impact can lead to breakage or cracks.

 

With these tips in mind, you can confidently care for and maintain your travertine surfaces, ensuring they continue to enhance the beauty of your living space in Malta. For further assistance and to explore our range of travertine products, visit SOLL today.

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