DEFINITION: Travertine is a type of sedimentary rock that is formed from the deposition of calcium carbonate minerals, typically found in natural mineral springs or limestone caves. It is characterized by its porous texture, which is the result of the presence of holes or pits created by the release of carbon dioxide during its formation.

Travertine is available in a range of colors, including white, beige, and brown, and may have a variety of surface finishes, such as honed, polished, or tumbled. It is commonly used as a building material, particularly for flooring, wall cladding, and outdoor paving, due to its durability and resistance to extreme temperatures. Travertine requires regular maintenance, including sealing and cleaning, to protect it from staining and damage. It is important to use appropriate cleaning products and techniques when caring for travertine to avoid causing further damage to the surface.