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. Travertine is a porous stone and that is the reason why travertine is prone to staining is the same exact reason why stains are easy to remove, so it is important to clean any spilled liquid or dirt on a travertine floor. One way to clean your travertine floor is through ‘poulticing’ which involves removal of stain 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 crucial to choose a cleaning agent that is best suited for your travertine floor, 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.

As part of your regular cleaning regimen, you need to mop your travertine floor regularly to deal with stubborn dirt, grime and stains by using a soft mop and plain warm water. Make sure that the mop is damp and not wet and in order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues. In a bucket of water, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap to disinfect the floor. If you have tried all the tips just mentioned, 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. Your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out in addition to your clean and luxurious travertine floor.