Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Im using a few of my vacation days to make a final push in the kitchen before moving on to the master bath. From what Ive done so far I think the kitchen looks terrific! Sure its probably not as perfect (and certainly the work isnt getting done as fast) as it would be if I hired a professional crew but Im enjoying putting in the natural stone tiles on my own. I think Ill derive greater satisfaction out of the finished product knowing it came as a direct result of my own toil. Now lets just hope I actually get all of this work done in a reasonable amount of time! All natural stone tiles are subject to variations in colour grain structure tonality and veining. Expert sales staff can give guidance on the correct procedure for handling installing and preserving each type of tile in the ranges available but it is strongly recommend all natural stone is installed by a professional stone mason or tiler. One of the advantages of having natural stone is its long lasting beauty. Sand dirt or grit can do damage to any surface so it is highly recommended that interior floors are frequently swept and mopped with a dry dust mop. Placing mats or rugs at the entrance of a hallway or room will also help minimise the problem. Also avoid using cleaning utensils which could have sharp edges as it will scratch and make the surface lose its shine. When cleaning natural stone always use a mild non-abrasive cleaning detergent with warm water. A clean mop for floors and a soft cloth for other surface areas should be used. The cleaning product you use should not have vinegar lemon or acid in its contents as these will do harm to the surface of the natural stone. In wet areas e.g. showers soap scum can be reduced by applying a non-acidic soap scum remover and using a squeegee to rub it in and wipe down with clean water.
One of the reasons that so many people are falling in love with Travertine tiles is that they maintain a cool temperature even if the hot sun has been baking them all day. When getting out of the pool after taking a relaxing swim to cool off the last thing anyone wants to do is step on a hot paved area. The natural stone Travertine pavers maintain a cool temperature that is rarely found when using faux stone pavers made of concrete or other materials. So much more appealing compared to the alternatives For many years concrete was the most popular method of paving a pool and patio area so when designers implemented Travertine tiles into their designs homeowners began choosing them over traditional concrete floors.
There are numerous benefits for using natural stone tiles for you wall or flooring and stone can be an extremely rewarding material to invest in in installing in your home. Natural stone has of course been used in construction and interior decoration for thousands of years and is no doubt to found in some of the most exquisite and luxurious buildings and residencies around the world. The reasons for its popularity of course go far beyond the sheer aesthetic qualities natural stone offers since it is also naturally extremely waterproof hygienic and unreactive with cleaning agents and bacteria. Probably the single most significant benefit of using natural stone tiles is the sheer longevity of their life and their duration of use.