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 soft natural stone that’s why it’s 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Travertine professional cleaners can help in cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. Because of your luxurious and clean travertine floor, your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out, surely making your home different from others.