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Home Care 101: Travertine Care Tips and Tricks

As a type of limestone, travertine is formed by minerals which are dissolved in ground water, with heat and pressure applied 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 a wide variety of colors including brown, beige, gold, green, red and gray, depending on the origin of the stone. 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.

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. 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. It is best to avoid using vinegar, ammonia, and bleach because it will damage the stone. 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. In order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues, ensure that the mop is not wet, only damp. In a bucket of water, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap to disinfect the floor. If you have already done all the things mentioned above, then it’s time to contact an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. Travertine professional cleaners can help in cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. Your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out in addition to your clean and luxurious travertine floor.