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I Hate Travertine!


Okrahomer

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I apologize if the language seems extreme, but I really (in nearly every sense of the word) hate (detest) travertine floor tile. Some may want to argue with me, but unless you have just spent several hours on your hands and knees scrubbing and rubbing--until your hands and knees hurt and your knuckles are raw and your back aches--you do not have the moral authority to try to dissuade me.

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I have no idea what it is, but I do know that I wouldn't want to spend several hours on my hands and knees scrubbing it, so  ... while I know this is cold comfort and little, if any consolation ... I'm with you, brother.  I'm with you!  :)

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I like it.  In fact, I like almost all natural stone floors, tiles, etc.  Good things demand effort to maintain; I am sure you did a great job and will enjoy your floors all the more in the future.  That is about as good as I positive mental attitude can muster for you this evening. 

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I like it.  In fact, I like almost all natural stone floors, tiles, etc.  Good things demand effort to maintain; I am sure you did a great job and will enjoy your floors all the more in the future.  That is about as good as I positive mental attitude can muster for you this evening.

I always liked natural stone too, but now I think I like hardwood a LOT better. :)

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That's why they built machines for just such work, Okra . Hardwood has its problems too. If you dent it, you live with it. I know it is heresy to say this, but a top quality laminate floor can be the best  choice.

 

I know you are right, but it's ever so much easier to clean...than this dang travertine.

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We just spent a year trying to figure out what flooring to put in. My plan had been engineered wood, but after going through all the pros and cons over and over again we went with wood looking tile with minimal grout lines and now have tile through out the house (we left the traditional tile in the kitchen.)

We live in AZ and have teens and a pool. We went with the wood tile because it actually looks good (most don't notice it is tile right away), and the heat and the water. I would not choose it in other circumstances.

One of my concerns with the tile was those grout lines. I've also spent hours on the floor scrubbing in my old home and it is awlful! I can understand why you hate it. Now that you have it cleaned, make sure to seal it again if it hasn't been done in quite awhile. It will help it to stay cleaner.

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We just spent a year trying to figure out what flooring to put in. My plan had been engineered wood, but after going through all the pros and cons over and over again we went with wood looking tile with minimal grout lines and now have tile through out the house (we left the traditional tile in the kitchen.)

We live in AZ and have teens and a pool. We went with the wood tile because it actually looks good (most don't notice it is tile right away), and the heat and the water. I would not choose it in other circumstances.

One of my concerns with the tile was those grout lines. I've also spent hours on the floor scrubbing in my old home and it is awlful! I can understand why you hate it. Now that you have it cleaned, make sure to seal it again if it hasn't been done in quite awhile. It will help it to stay cleaner.

 

Thank you for reminding me:  I really do like the wood-looking tile.  Maybe we'll change things out (eventually) and go with that.  My wife really likes it as well.

 

I had not thought about needing to re-seal the travertine; but it makes a lot of sense.  Thanks!

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and...

 

in attempting to make it look beautiful, I started looking/feeling/acting like a not-so-nice bear.

 

you should feel extra horrible about yourself.  i never let external trivialities affect my mood.  i certainly don't yell at my kids or get short tempered with my wife.

 

why, just yesterday i had to think of a dirty word to keep myself from being translated!

 

;)

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natural stone is great for entries and patios. I even like it in bathrooms.  However, I prefer wood floors or tile in other parts of the home with either rugs or carpets. 

 

Big supporter of sealing it properly and often.  

 

Did you clean the windows.  A good man would have cleaned the windows.  Just sayin. 

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you should feel extra horrible about yourself.  i never let external trivialities affect my mood.  i certainly don't yell at my kids or get short tempered with my wife.

 

why, just yesterday i had to think of a dirty word to keep myself from being translated!

 

;)

 

Haha! 

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I apologize if the language seems extreme, but I really (in nearly every sense of the word) hate (detest) travertine floor tile. Some may want to argue with me, but unless you have just spent several hours on your hands and knees scrubbing and rubbing--until your hands and knees hurt and your knuckles are raw and your back aches--you do not have the moral authority to try to dissuade me.

I have a love-hate relationship with my travertine.  We have a heated travertine floor in our master bath and you're right--it's hard to clean and ours actually has gotten a few pock marks in it over time.  When it's clean and the pot holes filled though, it really is fabulous (just high maintenance.)

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Just got a new bedroom wood laminate floor to keep down the dust...dust mite allergy, lost the drapes as well but need to get blinds, wanted shutters but too expensive and won't work as well with the air conditioner I must have for 6 months at least out of the year. Got the black out fabric stuck in the window with two shower curtain tension rods, one at the top and one in the middle to loop over so I can see out in the daytime...so nice to get rid of in the bedroom at least that awful grey rug with a pinkish tinge (really don't like the color taste of the people who built the house...woman had an obsession with pink and a minty blue that just looks so very, very dated and dull) and reminders of dog's accidents both before we moved in and since.  The floor now is a little chilly at night when getting out of bed so got the new habit of slippers by the side of the bed now.  So much easier to clean though than the rug.  Now I just need to get in the habit of constantly changing the bed sheets and figure out a way to have a down comforter that doesn't have dust mites...

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I have a love-hate relationship with my travertine.  We have a heated travertine floor in our master bath and you're right--it's hard to clean and ours actually has gotten a few pock marks in it over time.  When it's clean and the pot holes filled though, it really is fabulous (just high maintenance.)

Bingo!

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