Saturday, October 5, 2013

Travertine and Glass Advantages

Travertine and Glass Tile Backsplashes



Travertine is a stone that is formed naturally in rivers. This stone has a porous quality and beige and brown earth tones. Tiles that are made of travertine make a great kitchen backsplash because they give your kitchen an earthy look and do not get damaged or eroded by water. You can make a travertine tile backsplash more eye-catching and beautiful by incorporating glass tiles into the backsplash design. In this article, you will learn more about the advantages of using a travertine and glass tile backsplash as well as some tips on cleaning and selecting travertine tiles for your backsplash.

Advantages
One of the main advantages of using a travertine and glass tile backsplash is its durability. Travertine is formed naturally in rivers, so it is completely waterproof and does not get eroded by water. Another advantage of using travertine tiles are the different hues and colors available. Travertine tiles are attractive and you can use it on almost any kitchen design. Combining the travertine tiles and glass tiles on your backsplash will make you feel like you are washing your hands in a stream. Travertine tiles are also easy to cut because of its porosity, so you can create different unique finishes and tile sizes for designing your own custom backsplash. A travertine and glass tile backsplash is also resistant to common kitchen stains and very easy to clean and maintain.

Cleaning Tips
A backsplash made of travertine and glass tiles is easy to clean, but you will have to clean it regularly in order to avoid scum accumulation. Scum accumulation can damage the grout and ruin your backsplash. You can clean the backsplash using mild soap and warm water. Spray a mixture of mild soap and warm water into the backsplash and let it settle for two to three minutes to soften the dirt in the pores of the travertine tiles. After waiting for two to three minutes, wipe the travertine and glass tile backsplash with a soft, clean sponge to remove the dirt. For stubborn stains, use a mixture of baking soda and water.

Selecting Travertine Tiles
Travertine tiles come in a wide variety of colors. Some of the most popular colors are silver, gold, walnut colors (light, medium, and dark), dark brown, ivory, and beige. Travertine tiles also come in different finishes such as bush hammered, polished, tumbled, and honed. When selecting travertine tiles for a travertine and glass tile backsplash, choose a color that complements the color of the glass tiles that you plan to use. The color of the travertine tiles must also blend well with the colors of the countertops and cabinets of your kitchen.