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    5 Tips for Travertine in the Kitchen

    5 Tips for Travertine in the Kitchen

    Common things to know about Travertine in the Kitchen

    1.Cleaning and care

    There is more pollution on the floor in the kitchen than in other rooms. Fats and oils that get onto the natural stone floor and then cause permanent stains are particularly feared. Travertine in the kitchen is optimally protected against contamination if it is impregnated after installation. Most natural stone dealers offer natural stone impregnation directly with the delivery of the goods. The impregnation forms a thin, invisible film in the capillaries of the natural stone surface. This prevents impurities from penetrating the stone and causing permanent stains. Instead, the contaminants can be wiped off the surface and removed. This leads to extensive protection – also against stains caused by fats and oils.

    In the case of travertine as a kitchen floor, end consumers also wonder whether it is easy to clean since the travertine is known to have pores – or colloquially, “holes” on its surface. First of all, it must be said that when the travertine floor is laid, grout is also drawn into the pores. As a result, they are largely closed without losing the rustic look typical of travertine. Travertines are also commercially available, the pores of which are completely closed at the factory. This type of travertine not only looks comparatively modern but is also particularly easy to clean.

    Whether dirt is easily visible on the travertine floor depends on the sorting of the travertine tiles. We’ll go into that in more detail below.

    2.Format selection

    When choosing a tile format in the kitchen, there are three considerations (these apply to travertine as for other stones): First, large formats usually appear calmer than small tile formats. Second, rectangular tiles also look quieter compared to special shapes. Thirdly, the waste must be considered as a cost thing. Large tiles naturally cause significantly more waste leftovers than small tiles.

    3.Color selection

    The choice of color is ultimately a matter of taste and is strongly based on the style of furnishing. The choice of color is also based on practical suitability. Because, as already mentioned, different grades make dirt visible to varying degrees: Very lively grades with a clear color mix are available on the market (we then call them “rustic”). You can hardly see any dirt on it. In contrast, finely selected varieties (for example travertine light) are also sold, which have little difference in brightness and texture fluctuations. You can see dirt a little easier on it.

    Also, keep in mind that the decision for a floor is permanent! If the choice of color is too conspicuous, there is a risk that you will be satiated

    4.Design ideas

    Travertine with tumbled edges is a wonderful basis for furnishing a country-style kitchen. Because hardly any other natural stone floor looks more lively and original. The combination creates a cozy, homely feeling. In general: kitchen furniture made of wood and in different shades of brown harmonize well with travertine.

    But it doesn’t always have to be rustic and brown! This kitchen photo shows that even light and modern fits wonderfully with travertine tiles. With its beige shades, the travertine light creates a connection between wooden elements and white kitchen furniture and rounds off the overall picture.

    5.Prices

    Many customers like to combine travertine flooring in the kitchen and other flooring materials in the other rooms. In this case, the amount of natural stone for the kitchen is small and the price is only partially attractive as a result. Because the dealers make discounts on the square meter price only for large quantities and surcharges for very small quantities. The problem also has a clear impact on freight costs, which also skyrocket with the smallest quantities based on square meters. Only the selection of a dealer with low basic prices helps here. The price ranges for travertine tiles on the market are considerable and fluctuate for formats in common sizes (no oversizes) in a range from 30 euros to over 100 euros per square meter. However, cheaper does not always mean worse. The affordable prices are often available for the livelier color grades. In addition, direct importers offer cheaper than small local dealers. Another tip: ask your natural stone dealer about commercial qualities. There are often grades with higher color fluctuations, which by no means have poor material quality, but are nevertheless significantly cheaper!