Home Care 101: Travertine Care Tips and Tricks
Travertine tiles are extracted from the earth’s surface using heat and pressure, a type of limestone, formed by the minerals that are dissolved in ground water and are deposited on the surface of the earth by rivers, geysers and natural springs. Installation of travertine tiles can totally transform your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious. Travertine comes in different natural colors such as brown, beige, rust, green, red, gold and gray. As time goes by, your travertine starts to lose its luxurious luster and start to look dingy and dull leading to aging of 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.
Travertine requires a regular maintenance so 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. 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. 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 such as ammonia, vinegar, and bleach because they may damage your travertine floor. 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 you have already done all the things mentioned above, then it’s time to contact an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. Calling a professional travertine cleaner will help ensure cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. Your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out in addition to your clean and luxurious travertine floor.