Get Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About Travertine Sealing
At Fuller Stone Care we have learned over the years that there are many questions about travertine sealing. You can always call us at 310-944-9099 with any questions or to set up your free quote.
Does Travertine Have to Be Sealed?
YES. Travertine is a soft, porous stone that absolutely needs the protection of a sealant. While sealing your travertine will not make it immune to staining or etching, it will help reduce the risk of this kind of damage—provided of course that you clean up any spills from the stone promptly. If your travertine is used as flooring, then adding a slip-resistant sealant will also help reduce the chance of injury.
How Often Is Travertine Sealing Needed?
Travertine sealing is recommended at least once per year. You may want to reseal twice per year if you have a light-colored stone or if your stone gets a lot of use.
What Type of Travertine Sealant Is Best?
You definitely want to look for a penetrating or impregnating travertine sealant as opposed to a topical sealant. Topical sealants just sit on top of the stone, preventing the stone from breathing and potentially creating an unsightly cloudy or hazy film on the stone. Penetrating sealers enter the pores of the stone for better protection without changing the appearance of the stone.
At Fuller Stone Care, we have a favorite travertine sealer that we recommend to all our clients. This sealer is highly resistant to peeling and flaking, and because it can bond with itself there is no need for stripping when you need to reseal the stone.
Be Sure to Ask about Slip-Resistant Travertine Options
Some sealants offer all the protection you want for your stone but they do nothing to keep your stone safe for those walking on it. If you use your travertine as flooring, be sure to talk to us about your slip-resistant options.
What’s the Difference Between Natural Travertine and Filled Travertine?
Travertine is a type of limestone naturally deposited at mineral springs. This process has left lots of small holes in the stone. In natural travertine, these holes are left as is. In filled travertine, the holes have been filled in at the factory. While natural travertine tends to be harder to clean, filled travertine does add to your maintenance because the holes will need to be refilled and repaired occasionally.
How Do I Start the Process of Having My Travertine Sealed?
It’s simple: Contact us Fuller Stone Care at 310-944-9099 for a free quote. We will go over your surface, understand your needs, and provide our recommendations for sealing and other services.