If you’ve decided to make the plunge and arrange for travertine pavers installation in your backyard, you no doubt want to get the most value for your money. Whether you’re designing a new patio or pool area with these travertine pavers, you’ll want to take steps to ensure they look great and are in good condition for years to come.
Travertine pavers are durable enough to resist damage from the rain, snow, ice and wind. However, the outdoors can have a way of creeping up on your travertine pavers and negatively impacting their aesthetic in ways you might not expect.
To protect the look and feel of your backyard patio or pool area, here are some simple maintenance and care tips to keep in mind.
Protect the outdoor travertine pavers from heavy outdoor furniture
Furnishings made of heavy plastic, wood or metal may crack or chip travertine pavers if they’re dropped on the stone, so move carefully and deliberately when arranging these outdoor pieces. You don’t want your brand new patio table or barbecue grill to be the ruin of your patio’s appeal
Keep grass and weeds in check
There’s nothing worse than seeing tall grass and weeds start to peek through the cracks between brand new travertine pavers, so watch out for any parts of your patio that are adjacent to your yard. Ideally, you should be using a weed-whacker or stone edger to keep your lawn separate from your travertine patio.
Watch Out for the humid Florida weather
While the elements aren’t likely to impact the structural integrity of your stones, it is possible that mold, mildew and grime will begin to form on the surface of your pool area or patio.
Travertine Pavers Care & Maintenance
To minimize the scratches and wear patterns that can develop on natural stone, we recommend you sweep or dust surfaces regularly. Additionally, we recommend cleaning your natural stone with warm water and a sponge, mop, or non-abrasive cloth. To remove soils that usual dusting and mopping leave behind, you can use gentle, neutral cleaning agents especially made for natural stone and tile care.
Use water to clean outdoor travertine
Clean travertine installed outdoors at least once per year. Rinse the stone with water to remove excess dirt and debris. To clean travertine that is not regularly maintained, use a pressurized water hose to remove caked on dirt.
Seal your Travertine Pavers
Travertine pavers are naturally durable and resistant to water, allowing them to remain impressive parts of your home decor for many years. However, outdoor travertine pavers need extra protection when used near pool areas, especially salt water pools. Additionally, external sealants are effective at protecting travertine from weathering over the years. During the cold winter months, this procedure can also shield the material from damage caused by ice repeatedly freezing and thawing. While you might consider yourself a handy type with plenty of DIY knowledge, it’s often best to leave the job of sealing outdoor travertine installation to the professionals. This process can involve removing the surface wax from the stone before applying a water-resistant sealant, so let an expert perform this step to ensure no harm comes to your travertine pavers.
Cleansers and Cleaning Agents to AVOID on Travertine Pavers
- Don’t use general purpose cleaners
- Don’t use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids
- Don’t use scouring powders or creams
- Don’t use ammonia or bleach
- Don’t use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone