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. You can transform your home by totally transforming your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious through travertine installation. 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. Travertine is a natural soft stone so it is prone to scratches made by hard debris stuck on shoes, furniture and cleaning tools.
Travertine requires a regular maintenance so if your travertine is not too bad yet, it is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule. 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. 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. It is crucial to choose a cleaning agent that is best suited for your travertine floor, otherwise, it will look worse than you originally started. Cleaning agents such as ammonia, vinegar, and bleach because they may damage your travertine floor. Any cleaning agent with acid will just stain and destroy the travertine tile. Basing on the type of finish of your travertine floor, it is best to choose a cleaning agent that is suited for it whether it is textured, shiny or matte.
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. In a bucket of water, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap to disinfect the floor. If the above instructions will still leave your travertine floor dirty and with stains, then it’s time to call 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.