Home Care 101: How to Best Care Your Travertine
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. Through travertine installation, transform your home into something luxurious, elegant and timeless. Travertine comes in various natural colors like rust, green, red, brown, beige, 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. As a natural soft stone, travertine is prone to scratches made by cleaning tools, hard debris stuck on shoes, and furniture.
It is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule for your travertine especially if your travertine is not too bad yet. When a liquid spilled on the floor or when it gets dirty, it is important to clean it right away because the reason why travertine is prone to staining is the same exact reason why stains are easy to remove because Travertine is a porous stone. 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 important to choose a cleaning product that is made for travertine otherwise, it will look worse than you originally started. It is best to avoid using vinegar, ammonia, and bleach because it will damage the stone. Avoid any cleaning agent with acid because it will just destroy and stain 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.
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. 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. Once your travertine floor is clean and luster, you can showcase your Ekornes sofa to your friends and visitors, making your home different from others.