Patriot Stone Restoration offers travertine floor and surface restoration, protection, and maintenance services for residential and commercial properties throughout the Alameda and Contra Costa County region.
Travertine is a type of limestone, but differs from other forms in that it is formed in hot springs called karst. The water movement in these karst erodes the travertine, creating holes in the stone.
There are travertine quarries all over the world: Mexico, Italy, Turkey, Peru, Croatia, and the United States to name a few. Turkey is home to the largest travertine quarries in the world and produces over 50% of the world’s travertine.
Travertine has been used for thousands of years as a building material for some of the world’s most beautiful and important structures. The city of Hierapolis in Turkey, the Basilique du Sacre Coeur in France and the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, Il. are all built with travertine and they have all withstood the tests of time and the elements.
Travertine is versatile, beautiful, and restorable if necessary. It adds beauty and durability to all sorts of projects, ranging from commercial to residential. And, since travertine can be renewed and restored, it is a great investment that will remain beautiful for years to come.
Travertine repair, polishing, protection, and maintenance
We provide expert interior and exterior travertine services, for all kinds of properties, from homes, apartments, and condos to offices and other commercial properties, warehouses, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and more.
Whether you need minor services like having your travertine cleaned and sealed or major services like a complete travertine repair and restoration, we provide a full range of travertine care and maintenance services.
Travertine cleaning processes vary based on the surface condition and type of dirt or oil being removed. Travertine is easier to keep clean with periodic professional deep cleaning services, using non-acidic, highly-effective cleaning solutions. However, once wear sets in, creating hollows and low points for dirt to collect, your travertine can become difficult to keep clean. We can assist you in not only cleaning your travertine surfaces, but in keeping your travertine properly polished, maintained, and free of scratches to help make regular cleaning and care of your stone easier.
Patriot Stone Restoration can remove deeply imbedded soiling, strip away years of buildup of unsightly topical treatments, remove soap film in showers, and get rid of soot on fireplaces, and resolve a host of travertine cleaning problems, leaving your stone as pristine as the day it was installed.
Patriot Stone Restoration can remove travertine stains and travertine discolorations. Whether you are seeking guidance on how to do this yourself (refer to our Stain Management app) or want us to treat stains on your travertine, the good news is that most common stains can be removed and the finish of your stone restored to new again.
Most damaged tiles can be repaired, but sometimes it is necessary to replace a tile. Unfortunately, unless you have extra tiles on hand, the replacement tiles we find will be noticeably different. Patriot Stone Restoration can replace your tile, using extra care to avoid damaging neighboring tiles, and level the newly installed tile with surrounding tiles, and matching the finish as closely as possible.
Travertine comes in a honed (matte finish) and a polished finish. These finishes need to be cared for and will from time to time need honing to remove scratches and etching or it will need to be re-polished and sealed. Is your floor too dull or too shiny? Call Patriot Stone Restoration and specify the finish you need. If you have a new floor with some tiles that look more glossy than others – let us even out the finish for you. Whether you have or are seeking to acquire a gloss, or matte finish, we can deliver a beautifully restored travertine finish.
Does your travertine floor have dull areas associated with wear patterns, scratches, etches or spots? Patriot Stone Restoration can hone your travertine surfaces to eliminate these imperfections, resulting in a new travertine surface free of damage. With our travertine honing services, our expert technicians can achieve a honed or soft matte finish that is warm, inviting, and velvety smooth.
An uneven finish, dull spots or etches can diminish the elegant appearance of your travertine floors. We can polish your travertine using the appropriate diamonds or polishing powders to restore the finish you want, whether matte, or gloss finish. With our travertine polishing services, our expert technicians can achieve a beautiful, glass-like polish.
Are your tiles uneven? Patriot Stone Restoration can grind away the excess stone to create a flat, level surface using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology. Once ground flat, the travertine is honed and polished to the finish you want.
Travertine comes in what is known as filled and unfilled. Travertine naturally has holes that run throughout the stone. With unfilled travertine, the holes remain exposed for a rustic, earthy finish. With filled travertine, the holes are filled in, giving the stone a smooth finish.
Patriot Stone Restoration can fill holes in travertine (a process called travertine floating) to give unfilled travertine a smooth appearance or to repair filled travertine with holes that have become exposed. We use tinted filler and then blend the repair site with the surrounding area, honing or polishing it to match the surrounding finish.
Travertine is characterized by its neutral earth-tone colors. For certain types of travertine, our Patriot Stone Restoration skilled technicians can apply an enhancing sealer to intensify the color and enrich its natural beauty.
Travertine needs a little extra protection to inhibit stains and etching. We can treat your travertine with premium quality solutions…
Some natural stone types are more porous than others, and travertine is porous. As a porous natural stone, travertine is susceptible to staining. Your travertine will be easier to keep clean with our periodic professional deep cleaning services, using non-acidic, highly-effective cleaning solutions and proper sealing.
Once your travertine is cleaned and restored, we recommend you have us seal it to enhance its stain resistance. Sealing represents an inexpensive, preventative measure against stain damage, because it buys you time to wipe up spills before they become stains. You may also want to consider sealing your travertine with an color enhancing sealer to bring out the rich color of the stone.
We offer options to protect your travertine countertops from etching. Travertine is acid sensitive….When your travertine countertops are protected from stains and etching, you don’t have to worry about choosing travertine for your kitchens, bar tops, vanity tops or where acid etching is a concern. (Learn more.)
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The short answer is yes, travertine does require maintenance. Regular cleaning with a stone safe cleaner is a great for simple day-to-day maintenance, but over time, depending on traffic and usage, your floors may start to become dull, become scratched or show obvious traffic patterns. Countertops can become scratched, dull and etched.
If these problems develop, you become more and more dissatisfied with the appearance of your travertine until it’s time for another round of professional restoration. Ask about our regularly scheduled maintenance program which keeps your travertine surfaces looking great all the time, without the need for periodic restoration.