Which travertine tile finish is most stain resistant?
Polished travertine tile is the most stain resistant of the 3 tile finishes. Stains on travertine tiles are mostly caused by spills. Once absorbed by travertine, a porous material, these spills create stains. Polished travertine has a lower porosity level, which allows minimal absorption of spills. You must seal it regularly to preserve its structural integrity. Sealing enhances the porosity level, which gives it a higher resistance to stains.
Tumbled and honed travertine tiles are more porous than polished tiles. Consequently, spills from items such as coffee, vinegar, citrus fruit juices, salad dressings and tomato sauces easily cause stains on these finishes.