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. As a natural soft stone, travertine is prone to scratches made by cleaning tools, hard debris stuck on shoes, and furniture.
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. You can try a great way of cleaning your travertine floor through ‘poulticing’, which is the removal of stains 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. 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. 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. Because of your luxurious and clean travertine floor, your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out, surely making your home different from others.