Home Care 101: Travertine Care Tips and Tricks
Travertine tile is made of limestone that was applied with heat and pressure, formed by the minerals that are dissolved in ground water and are deposited on the surface of the earth by geysers, rivers, and natural springs. Installation of travertine tiles can totally transform your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious. Travertine comes in various natural colors like rust, green, red, brown, beige, gold and gray. As time passes by, your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster and begin to look dingy and dull, aging the floor and space. Travertine is a natural soft stone so it is prone to scratches made by hard debris stuck on shoes, furniture and cleaning tools.
Travertine is a type of stone that needs a lot of maintenance, and if your travertine is not too bad yet, it is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule. 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. Avoid any cleaning agent with acid because it will just destroy and stain your travertine floor. Basing on the type of finish of your travertine floor, it is best to choose a cleaning agent that is suited for it whether it is textured, shiny or matte.
Regularly mop your travertine floor to deal with stubborn dirt, grime and stains by using a soft mop and plain warm water as a part of your regular cleaning regimen. You should only use a damp mop instead of a wet mop in order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues. For disinfecting the floor, 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. Because of your luxurious and clean travertine floor, your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out, surely making your home different from others.