Travertine is similar to that of marble and limestone when it comes to their physical and chemical compounds. It is important to know how to properly care for travertine surfaces as well as cleaning it. Some cleaners can actually damage and not really clean the stone. That’s why Silver State Floor Restoration will share how to properly care for and clean your travertine stone surface.
How to Clean Travertine Tile
Anything with acidic properties should always be avoided on any natural stone. Don’t use vinegar or any other cleaner with high alkalis or acid on travertine stone surfaces. Stick with products designed for travertine or natural stone. Additionally, any spills from food or beverages should also be quickly cleaned up. Keep in mind, the acid found in lime, coffee and soda, for an example, can destroy travertine. There are different types of sealers that are used on travertine. How you clean and care for it will depend on the type of sealer as well. You first will want to test and seal the travertine stone. Wherever travertine was installed in your home and the travertine has either a honed or tumbled finish, ask the installer if it was sealed prior to installation and what types of sealer was used. If the travertine wasn’t sealed ask the installation company if that was part of their services. If not, seal it yourself before any kind of use. If you have travertine floors, use a dust mop versus a broom to get the dirt off of the floor. Also avoid using a vacuum as they can mar or scratch off the sealer. You should dust mop your floors regularly and more often than your weekly cleaning.
How to Protect Travertine Floors
Again, for travertine stone floors you may want to consider protecting high traffic areas with floor mats and rugs. If you have travertine countertops in the kitchen or bathrooms make sure to use mats or covers where items may be sitting on top of the counter. Perfumes and soaps and similar items contain acid. Make sure no drips or spills will occur from these types of items.
How to Remove Stains from Travertine Tile
Some stains may occur where simple cleaners may have no affect. You can use a poultice by creating a paste. Just combine your natural stone cleaner with baking soda until it makes a paste. Cover the stain with the paste then use a piece of clear plastic wrap over the top of the paste. You will want this to stand for 2 to 3 days before cleaning it off with plain warm water and use something soft like a cotton cloth or chamois. Deep stains can become a serious problem. You may need to seek the aid of a professional to properly clean and remove the stain. Many commercial grade cleaners can cause more harm than good. However leaving the stain untreated may also cause problems.
Travertine Cleaning, Polishing, Sealing & More in Las Vegas Valley NV, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
When it comes to having natural stone in your home such as travertine you will want to take the proper steps in order to care for and maintain that investment. Silver State Floor Restoration can help clean and maintain your travertine floor and other surfaces. Contact us today.