Travertine is a natural stone that many people use in their homes. Travertine is naturally porous because it forms underground near hot springs where gases escape through the body of what becomes the slab. It is naturally porous and is a tan or whitish color. Honed is a term that applies to travertine tile that involves polishing the tiles surface. Honed travertine tiles give more of a smooth and flat finish with more of a matte look. Honed tile is different because it has been dulled with a matted finish and usually has squared edges. Additionally, honed travertine is smoother and allows the homeowner to protect and preserve the travertine.
Travertine tiles are honed through a process of grinding and rubbing its surface with an abrasive substance. The holes in natural travertine are usually grouted before the honing process begins. Tiles are machined to a smooth polish once each pore is filled with cement. Some smaller travertine tiles are honed by hand and a machine typically mats the larger tiles.
There are a variety of different honed travertine looks. The two most popular include high hone and dull hone. High hone has a nice shine to it and dull has minimal shine. Typically honed travertine is only offered in hues of beige, gold, and brown.
Honed travertine can be used for a variety of applications in the home. Honed tiles are typically used for wet indoor areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. It’s also perfect for showers, patios, flooring, and countertops. However, care needs to be taken when spilling any acidic liquid on the tile because acidic substances can cause permanent damage to the tile. This is why it is very important to clean spills right when they happen. Make sure to use warm water or a special travertine cleaner and a sponge.
For those who want the natural color of travertine but do not want the pores; honed travertine may be the ideal choice for your home.