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Floors: Travertine vs. Marble

Planning to replace the flooring in your home? Installing new floors and can’t decide? Not sure what’s the difference in travertine and marble? Is travertine just a fancier word for marble? Too many questions, too little time!

But, don’t worry. In today’s weekly post, we will focus on explaining the different between the two of the most popular flooring options. On a short and quick note, both of them are alternative forms of limestone but have their own pros and cons. So, how about their cleaning process and maintenance headaches? Again, let’s not worry about anything and let the experts at AB Polishing explain everything to us.

1- Marble


You can recognize marble by its color pattern. It is vein-y, with streaks of color running through a solid color, usually white. The texture is smooth, usually with either a high gloss polished finish or satiny finish. Sometimes, it can have some shimmer in it. There is plenty of variety for marble.


It is a good option for flooring because it looks clean, practical and tasteful at the same time. It is a hard stone, therefore being a good choice for people with pets or children. To retain the marble, have the sealant on the tiles redone once a year or so. Marble will work in both hot and cool weather.


Loss of polish can occur when the marble has worn down. Marble is softer than, say, granite. Thus, shoe bottoms will act as sandpaper on the stone surface. You can reduce the wear and tear by keeping your floor mopped regularly. Walk-off mats can be placed at all entrances. If it is dull or lost its shine, it will need re-polishing.



It is usually quite visibly porous and gives off a more textured look. It can be sanded and sealed, making it smoother. It is a rather absorbent stone. Travertine is usually found in warmer colors, ranging from white or beige to gold or brown. There are usually slight variations in the pattern. It has a variety of finishes applicable to it, like being polished, honed or tumbled.


When travertine is sanded down and then sealed, it can be used as flooring. To seal it, it will require a couple of coats of sealant. This will prevent any harsh debris from spoiling the stone. If travertine is not sanded down, it can feel slightly rough on the feet. You can either apply a polished or a natural finish.


If they are sealed and smoothed, all they need is a damp cloth for cleaning. For long term, sealant application once a year should be enough. Travertine can last for many years if taken good care of. A polythene sheet can be installed over it to minimize water damage.

For both marble and travertine, costs will depend on the quality of the stone. Both of these are heavy stones. They will need a good initial seal to make them last as long as possible.

While maintaining both Marble and Travertine floors is not an easy task, the professionals at AB Polishing Stone can help you out with jobs such as Cleaning, Polishing, Sealing or Grinding. With 20 years of prior experience, we are certainly the best at what they do. Call now at 0418 605 225.