Heat resistance – travertine is a heat resistant material and burn marks are unlikely to appear. However, prolonged exposure will damage even the toughest stones. Be cautious with leaving continuously hot pots and pans directly on the counter.
Impact – Travertine is among the softer natural stones, therefore cracks caused by stronger impact can happen. Cracks should be taken care of by brushing of the crack, cleaning with acetone, and then sealing the crack with cement or epoxy resin.
Scratch resistance – Use a cutting board, and avoid cutting directly on the surface, travertine is softer and can be damaged with a direct cut. If scratches do happen, this can be fixed with the use of hand diamond pad and polish powder.
Sealant – to protect your travertine countertop from stains and acidic fluids that can damage the surface, applying quality sealant on a yearly basis is strongly recommended.
Durability – With a four out of ten on the Mohs hardness scale, travertine can be considered a softer rock. However, if you use a cutting board and avoid exposing your countertop to acidic fluids, it can last you for a very long time.