Travertine is a natural stone that forms around hot spring or in rich limestone caves. This has become a highly desired material used for flooring, counter tops, and tile walls. Travertine has a distinct concentric or porous surface. They are commonly seen in various hues of browns such as cream, whites, beige and tan coloring. However, travertine is also known to be in red and green colors as well. Not one pattern of travertine is the same. You may see travertine with marble like veins, streak like slats, or a combination with a splash of quartz sprinkled throughout the stone. Travertine is both durable and beautiful which is why it’s often used for floors and even outdoor features. Today Silver State Floor Restoration will share how to properly clean and care for travertine and how you can make this stone last for decades.
Travertine Tile Care
Travertine is a durable material. However it does require regular cleaning with periodic maintenance. Travertine is usually pre-sealed before it is installed. However, it is important to maintain the sealer over time. Due to travertine’s porous surface, it can leave it vulnerable to stains, discoloration, and even damage. If you need to reseal your travertine floor, make sure to use a sealer designed for travertine stones. Avoid using substitute sealers and if you want to extend the life of your travertine, avoid cheap sealers or expect to reseal your floors more frequently. It is better to use a quality sealer that will last and properly protect the surface of the floor.
Spot Test Travertine Floor Cleaners First
Before you use a sealer, cleaner, or polish product on your travertine, it is strongly recommended that you test the product first. There is a wide range of products used for travertine and even though they are designed or recommended for travertine floors, it still may have a negative reaction to your floor. Make it a common practice to test any chemical product for your travertine floor in a small and discreet area. Make sure you give it plenty of time to see how the cleaner, polish or sealer works on a small hidden area before doing the entire floor. Once you are satisfied with the result, you may proceed with treating the entire floor. However, if any negative reactions occur, you now know to avoid that product.
How to Clean Travertine Floors Daily
When cleaning travertine flooring, it is recommended to first sweep or vacuum all the dust away. In fact, where travertine has such a porous surface, it is recommended to sweep or vacuum your floors every day to prevent dirt and grime from becoming embedded into the pores of the floor. When cleaning the surface of travertine floors, the best method is mopping. You can use plain water or you can add a cleaning agent to help enhance the cleaning. However, make sure it’s a cleaner that’s safe for travertine or natural stone. When you do mop the floor never over soak it. You’ll want to use a very damp mop similar to mopping wood floors. You don’t want too much water. Additionally, after you’ve finished mopping the floor it is recommended to use a towel to dry the floor this will help prevent discoloration.
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For those who own travertine floors and need help cleaning and maintaining them, Silver State Floor Restoration can help. We are very familiar with travertine and other natural stones. We can help enhance the stone’s beauty and ensure its longevity. Contact Silver State Floor Restoration to schedule your services today.