Travertine and Saturnia

MarbleKare USA offers travertine and saturnia floor and surface care and maintenance services for residential and commercial properties throughout South Florida. 

Travertine and Saturnia Insights

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. Saturnia is basically just travertine that is cut differently. Travertine is cut along the grain of the stone, whereas saturnia is cut across the grain. 

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 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 Care Services

We provide expert interior and exterior travertine care and maintenance 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 or are looking to completely revive your travertine with honing and polishing, we provide a full range of travertine care and maintenance services.

Deep Cleaning Travertine

MarbleKare USA 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.

Travertine Stain Removal

MarbleKare USA 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 without a trace left behind.

Travertine Holes Filled

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.

We 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 Honing and Polishing

Does your travertine floor have dull areas associated with wear patterns, scratches, etches or spots? We can hone your travertine surfaces to eliminate these imperfections, resulting in a new travertine surface free of damage. We can polish your travertine using the appropriate diamonds or polishing powders to achieve the finish you want, whether matte, or gloss finish.

Travertine Grinding (Lippage Removal)

Are your tiles uneven? We can grind away the excess stone to create a flat, level surface using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology. Once ground flat, your travertine is honed and polished to the finish you want.

Sealing & Protecting

We may recommend you have us seal your travertine 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. 

Color Enhancing Sealer

You may also want to consider sealing your travertine with an color enhancing sealer to bring out the rich color of the stone. Travertine is characterized by its neutral earth-tone colors. For certain types of travertine, our skilled technicians can apply an enhancing sealer to intensify the color and enrich its natural beauty.

Ongoing Maintenance

Does Travertine Need Maintenance?

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.

Travertine Cleaning & Care Tips

Keeping it Beautiful

The best way to ensure your travertine retains its natural beauty is to have it professionally serviced every one to two years or as needed. For routine maintenance, we can instruct you on the proper care you should use in cleaning, including recommending stone-safe care products that help you maintain the optimal appearance of your terrazzo.

If you have questions about the care and cleaning of your travertine, please CONTACT US. 

How Can We Help You

Reach out to us for a free estimate on travertine or saturnia polishing, repair, sealing and protecting, or any other natural stone services throughout South Florida.