Travertine, a type of natural limestone, is a popular choice with homeowners. It has a varied pattern and comes in a range of colours from pale cream through to rusty tan. No two travertine tiles are the same and its distinctive grain patterns are very appealing, especially when used over a large surface area.
When wet, the myriad of colours within travertine really come to the fore. Travertine is always beautiful, but it stands out when wet. This makes travertine very appealing in a bathroom,as today’s guest post highlights. However, if you prefer a uniform look, travertine is probably not right for you!
Is Travertine Suitable for a Bathroom?
Because travertine is a natural stone material, it is porous, which might dissuade you from using it in your bathroom. After all, bathrooms are typically wet, especially in shower areas, so a porous material is a recipe for disaster, right?
Actually no, this is not the case at all and travertine is an affordable solution if you want to take advantage of the beauty of natural stone in your new bathroom. However, if you would prefer to replicate the stone effect on the walls with ceramic tiles, why not consider the Travertine effect decor. It replicates the authentic stone effect whilst retaining the robust benefits of a ceramic tile. You can also mix travertine with mosaic tiles and natural stone border tiles for a distinctive look.
Taking Care of Travertine
Travertine tiles work well in a bathroom. Use them on the floor, on the walls, or in your shower area – as long as you seal your travertine tiles after installation, you won’t have a problem with leaks. Brush or roller the sealant onto clean travertine tiles and once the first coat has set, apply a second coat. When sealing a shower or bath area, leave the sealant to dry for 24 hours before use. The sealant should be reapplied every two years, and more often in a shower area.
It is easy to take care of your travertine tiles. You can wet mop to remove spills and vacuum to remove dust. You can also use a specialist cleaning product suitable for travertine and marble, but test it in an inconspicuous location before you use it over the main area.
Benefits of Travertine Floor Tiles
Travertine is tough and durable, so it won’t chip like ceramic tiles. It is classed as a high-traffic material, so it is perfect for a busy family bathroom. Once installed, this flooring is not going to wear out easily. Honed travertine is most suitable for bathroom floors, but be aware that if you elect to use polished travertine, it can be slippery when wet.
Using Travertine on the Walls
Travertine tiles are suitable for walls. Use travertine as a splashback or tile your shower area with travertine. If you use travertine in a wet area, make sure you choose filled travertine tiles, as there are fewer holes to soak up water.
As long as you look after your travertine tiles, they will continue to look beautiful for as long as your bathroom remains functional. So, make the right choice and choose travertine for your bathroom renovation.