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Problem: Unsightly Travertine
Located in a beautiful development in North Scottsdale, Arizona, a backyard travertine pool and patio oasis had become dull and lifeless looking due to years of exposure to sunlight and the elements. The golden travertine the homeowners installed had lost most of its beautiful color.
Sample Cleaning and Estimate
Beyond Stone Solutions always provides free estimates. Our customer’s expectations are incredibly important to us, so we did a sample of cleaning and enhancing this exterior travertine in an inconspicuous area. The homeowners saw the dramatic difference and scheduled us to enhance their entire patio.
A Side Note
We also repaired a stacked stone fire and water feature adjacent to the swimming pool. You can read the story and view the images of that job here.
Solution: Cleaning and Sealing
To deep clean the travertine, we used our own company-developed and manufactured, concentrated Natural Stone & Tile Cleaner. This specifically designed pH balanced cleaner is powerful enough for heavy duty cleaning, yet safe to use on all acid sensitive surfaces, protecting the different minerals found in each type of stone. We also utilized a combination of machines and other equipment, as well as hand scrubbing grout joints and other hard to reach places, to ensure the best and most thorough cleaning possible.
After ample dry time, we sealed and enhanced the travertine with a Dry Treat enhancer (INTENSIFIA™), to accentuate the naturally occurring colors in the stone. This treatment not only gave the travertine a gorgeous, moisture and oil-resistant finish, but will continue to provide exceptional protection in the harsh Arizona environment for years to come.
About Dry Treat
Most sealers and enhancers used on exterior surfaces in Arizona will break down and fade within a couple of years. The reason we prefer using Dry Treat sealers on exterior surfaces is that it can be expected to last much longer before another application is needed (although it is still recommended to be professionally deep cleaned every one to two years). There are some Dry Treat sealers that come with five, fifteen, or twenty-five year written warranties against the absorption of water and oil, but only if the sealer is applied by a Dry Treat accredited applicator and a regular cleaning schedule is maintained. Beyond Stone Solutions is a Dry Treat accredited applicator, and we will be happy to provide proof of treatment for your records, as well as answer any questions you may have about Dry Treat sealers and products.