Houston Travertine Cleaning:

Due to its acid sensitivity, travertine must be cleaned using an alkaline cleaning solution. We give the solution approximately 20 minutes of dwell time. This gives the cleaner time to depolarize the dirt that is embedded into the stone and grout. We then use an industry accepted spinner tool which provides pressure coupled with vacuum for extraction.

This process also removes dirt from the top of your grout lines. This is the industry recommended method to clean stone and tile floors.

Houston Travertine Polishing:

Due to its alkaline mineral content, travertine etches whenever an acidic liquid or other compound comes in contact with the surface of the stone. This includes many common cleaners. The more acidic the substance, the faster etching occurs. Travertine polishing takes care of superficial scratches and minor etching that occurs throughout the course of daily activities. Our travertine polishing process leaves a deep, natural shine, with clarity and depth, which you just cannot achieve with an artificial coating.

Houston Travertine Honing:

Travertine can be honed to a matte or satin finish through a grinding process. We can also remove severe etching and deep scratching through our travertine honing service. Honing is rarely needed to remove damage but it is often used to provide a less glossy finish to the stone.

Houston Travertine Sealing:

All non-polished travertine should be sealed. This includes tumbled, rustic, or honed travertine of any style or cut. At Modern Stone Care our Houston travertine sealing service uses only premium sealer which are sand fortified. Sealing a floor against water based staining is adequate for most parts of the home, but in the kitchen, we recommend sealing travertine with an oil repellent and a water repellent. Call for details on any of our services or fill out the contact form on this page.


Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock formed by geothermally heated hot springs with high ph environments caused by the rapid precipitation of the mineral calcium carbonate. It is a type of limestone but is often categorized incorrectly as travertine marble. It is not marble at all, but it does share similar characteristics in that it is comprised of the same mineral – Calcium carbonate. This makes travertine sensitive to acids, and it gives it the ability to be polished to a high shine. One of its main characteristics is the fact that the stone is full of holes which permeate various depths of the stone.

Travertine is often used for flooring in Houston and across the country. Fabricators or Manufacturers often add an epoxy filler to travertine tiles so that it can be smooth and polished. They also leave the stone unfilled at times and leave it a little rougher for a more rustic look. Either way, travertine is a beautiful, but high maintenance floor.


Filled travertine is usually laid with grout lines 1/8th to 1/16th of an inch in width. The concept being that filled travertine is finished the way that it is so that it can be polished. You want as little surface area of grout as possible so there is less interruption of the shine. It usually has straight edges and can be cut as a plank (quadrilateral rectangle similar to wood) but most commonly as a square tile. It is normally laid straight and this is done to enhance the effect of the shine.

Sealers are often incorrectly applied to this stone in an effort to “protect” it. Big box stores and flooring stores alike often sell water based film forming topical sealers that are applied to travertine to give it a satin or semi-gloss artificial finish. Modern Stone Care does not endorse that practice. Smooth, filled travertine should be polished. We do not believe that travertine should have a sealer applied to create an artificial look. Polished travertine always looks and feels cleaner than travertine with an artificial sealer on top.


Unfilled travertine or even travertine that is more rustic but filled, usually have wider grout lines and convey the traditional look of a natural stone floor. This type of travertine may be laid in many different patterns. These floors are usually honed and have a more textured finish, and of course may have holes throughout the surface of the stone. This type of travertine tile has a higher porosity than its polished counterpart.
Honed, unfilled, rustic or tumbled travertine needs to be sealed due to the higher rate of absorption. We recommend sealing this stone with a quality impregnator which is made specifically for travertine, marble or limestone. These stones have no natural sand content. Most impregnators are made chemically to bond with the sand in the stone. But since travertine has no sand, these sealers will quickly become ineffective due to their poor bonding capabilities. Modern Stone Care uses premium sand fortified sealers whenever we seal these stones. Keep in mind that sealing the stone will not keep dirt from accumulating either on the stone tile or grout, or from collecting inside the holes of the stone.


Honed, unfilled, rustic or tumbled travertine floors require a maintenance plan to keep them looking as nice as possible. This should consist of dry dust mopping daily using a clean rayon mop or static pad. Vacuuming with a hard surface vacuum will also work. This is to remove the dirt and debris that accumulates on your floor because of foot traffic, pets etc.
It is important to remove this dirt because damp mopping is also required at least weekly. If the dirt and debris that accumulates is allowed to remain on the floor, when damp mopping occurs, that dirt is turned to mud and is pushed into the grout lines by the mop. This will make your grout lines dirty very fast. When damp mopping with soap, rinsing will be required. After mopping with any soap solution, use a different rinse mop, and go over the area again with clean water.

While these floors do not need the same care from abrasion as a polished floor, they are more difficult to keep clean. In part, because of the fact that they often have open holes throughout the surface of the floor, but also because these floors always have cement based sanded grout between the tiles. Dirt will accumulate in the holes and over the textured stone. Also, the sanded grout is porous, and since it is wider, will accumulate dirt there as well. Keep in mind that sealing the stone will not keep dirt from accumulating either on the stone or grout or from collecting inside the holes of the stone. For this reason Modern Stone Care recommends that you have your unfilled travertine floors professionally cleaned twice per year.

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- October 24, 2018

I 100% recommend Modern Stone Comosny. . I called and Jarret answered the phone and literally gave me a price per sq ft over the phone. It was so nice to not waste their time or mine to come out and give me a “quote” that I may or may not go with. Which in turn, also cut down on the wait time to actually clean my floors, which was much needed sooner rather than later!! Their prices are the most competitive out there. On the day of cleaning, Mark and Jarret showed up, measured, told me their technique and got right to work!! (This is tumbled travertine stone in a light color with light grout) When they showed me the dirt being removed in action, I was AMAZED! My floors look brand spanking new again!!! It just feels good seeing them so clean. If you are on the fence, I would say look no further, you have found the right guys! Thank you Mark and Jarret, we will definitely see you in the future!!!


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- August 17, 2018

Great job refinishing bathroom floor and entry hall floor. Very happy with the results.


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- June 23, 2018

I have the travertine tile around my pool cleaned and sealed on an annual basis and have never been entirely satisfied with the results prior to engaging Modern Stone Care. These guys are on the top of their game when it comes to product knowledge, professionalism, and delivery of a quality result. They have an old school appreciation for the lost art of customer service and made me feel as if they would not be 100% satisfied with the work until I was. MSC will be doing any and all future stonework in my home.


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- May 21, 2018

I had spent hours cleaning my tumbled travertine floors and *thought* they were clean but I wasn't happy with the way they looked. I called Modern Stone Care and they came out and deep cleaned the floors and sealed them. The difference was amazing and what I originally thought was clean was far from. My stone was no longer dark tan but back to the original color. In addition they cleaned and sealed my granite counters and no more dark water spots around the sinks. I was impressed with the care taken with my home and the attention to getting it right. There was no hesitation on their part to work until the job was done to everyone's satisfaction. Nice and polite men who take pride in their work.


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- May 19, 2018

Great work at a fair price. Would highly recommend.


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