Home Care 101: Travertine Care Tips and Tricks

As a type of limestone, travertine is formed by minerals which are dissolved in ground water, with heat and pressure applied and are deposited on the surface of the earth by geysers, rivers, and natural springs. Through travertine installation, transform your home into something luxurious, elegant and timeless. Travertine comes in various natural colors like rust, green, red, brown, beige, gold and gray. Your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster as time passes by, looking dull and dingy and this will age your floor. Travertine is a natural soft stone so it is prone to scratches made by hard debris stuck on shoes, furniture and cleaning tools.

It is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule for your travertine especially if your travertine is not too bad yet. Cleaning is a simple procedure and if stain occurs such as spills on the floor must be cleaned immediately because travertine is prone to stains. You can try a great way of cleaning your travertine floor through ‘poulticing’, which is the removal of stains by drawing the stain from the travertine floor into another material which is usually a mixture of a reducing agent soaked into a paper towel or cloth. It is important to choose a cleaning product that is made for travertine otherwise, it will look worse than you originally started. Cleaning agents like vinegar, ammonia, and bleach may damage the travertine stone, so it is best to avoid these products. Avoiding cleaning agents with acid will just stain and destroy your travertine floor. The usual finishes for travertine tiles are matte, shiny and textured, so it is best to choose a cleaning product basing on the finish of your travertine.

Regularly mopping your travertine floor is essential to remove stubborn dirt, grime and stains by using a soft mop and plain warm water. In order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues, ensure that the mop is not wet, only damp. For floor disinfection, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap in a bucket of water. If the above instructions will still leave your travertine floor dirty and with stains, then it’s time to call an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. To help in ensuring cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine, call a professional travertine cleaner to help you. Once your travertine floor is clean and luster, you can showcase your Ekornes sofa to your friends and visitors, making your home different from others.