Sealing travertine countertops is not difficult when you do it the right way. When sealing your travertine surfaces with polyurethane, you want to use a product that contains no silica. This will allow the sealer to adhere better to the surface of the travertine and will give your countertops a much cleaner look and feel.
However, if you do not clean your travertine surfaces regularly you will find that dust and dirt particles can become stuck in the pores of the travertine, leading to unsightly stains. Instead, opt for an all-natural sealer to give your travertine surfaces a much longer life.
You can use a light acid-based cleaning product on your travertine countertops, but you should only use a minimal amount. Acid-based cleaners can eat away at the granite finish and cause it to weaken over time. A good, natural sealer like Kerne n Shine will not have this effect on the granite finish and will leave your countertop looking almost like new.
Sealing travertine countertops does not have to involve the use of acid-based cleaners. Using an acid-based cleaner is fine. You will also want to check to make sure that your sealer is compatible with your household cleaning products.
Some household cleaners may react with the sealer, causing damage to your travertine countertops. To determine the compatibility issue, test a small area of your sealer by hand. If the cleaner is compatible with your household products, you can then decide whether you wish to use that specific brand when sealing your travertine countertops.
Sealing your travertine countertops yourself does save a lot of money, but you should still buy a good sealer. There are three types of sealing travertine countertops: (a) epoxy resin and (b) mastic. (c) The epoxy resin type contains additives that enable it to bond better with the underlying stone.
This type of sealing will last longer than the other two, but it is expensive. The simplest method for sealing travertine surfaces involves using an acid-based penetrating sealer. This type of product contains small beads that are filled with an acidic liquid that forms a protective barrier on contact with the surface of the stone.
This prevents avoid from development between the concrete and the stone. Once the void is filled, the sealer dries. An epoxy-resin-based sealer that contains grout is less expensive but does not provide as much protection.
A mastic-based sealer that contains crushed terracotta chips can produce a very good sealing result, but it must be applied very slowly in order to avoid stippling and leaving a thin film of hardened mud on the countertop.
The best way to clean your countertop is to use a water-based cleaner that contains either an alkaline or an acidic base. These base ingredients break down the oils that have been embedded in the surface of the travertine and remove them from the stone.
Most water-based cleaners also feature a neutralizing ingredient that removes the acidic component so that the neutralizing agent has no negative effect on the exposed areas of the countertop.
In some cases, such as with acidic cleaners, the use of a water-based cleaner can actually help to keep your countertops sealed better because the alkaline cleaner helps to restore the pH of the concrete to its original levels.
When sealing travertine it is important to remember that it is a highly porous material. Therefore, you should only use a sealer that contains an acid or alkaline base, so that it will be more effective in sealing and protecting the travertine. Moreover, graniteprotect travertine is known to be of highest quality since it is made with extra care and with the customer’s needs in mind, first and foremost.
Sealers with a mixture of minerals can provide some benefit when sealing travertine because the natural stone can absorb some of the additional moisture. If you are concerned about the appearance of the sealer on the stone, you may want to choose a sealer that will slightly darken the tone of the natural stone.
Many home improvement stores carry a variety of different sealers for sealing travertine countertops. Most of these products will contain either mineral oil or turpentine as an active ingredient.
Applying any type of cleaner to a travertine countertop is not a good idea, as the product could leave behind a hard residue that will only attract more dirt and make your project much more difficult. Instead, use a clean damp sponge dipped into a sink or small bowl of warm water to clean your countertop.
Be sure to thoroughly dry any spills or stains before applying a cleaner, and always be sure to follow all instructions carefully when using any type of cleaner to avoid damaging your tiles or grout.