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. Through travertine installation, transform your home into something luxurious, elegant and timeless. Travertine comes in a wide variety of colors including brown, beige, gold, green, red and gray, depending on the origin of the stone. 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 soft natural stone that’s why it’s 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. A cleaning procedure called ‘poulticing’ is the best way to remove travertine stains because it involves 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. To ensure that your travertine floor is cleaned properly, it is essential to choose a cleaning agent that is best suited for your travertine floor. Cleaning agents like vinegar, ammonia, and bleach may damage the travertine stone, so it is best to avoid these products. Any cleaning agent with acid will just stain and destroy the travertine tile. 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. 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 disinfecting the floor, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap in a bucket of water. If you have tried all the tips just mentioned, then it’s time to call an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. Travertine professional cleaners can help in cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. 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.