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. Through travertine installation, transform your home into something luxurious, elegant and timeless. Travertine comes in different natural colors such as brown, beige, rust, green, red, gold and gray. As time passes by, your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster and begin to look dingy and dull, aging the floor and space. Travertine is a soft natural stone that’s why it’s 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. One way to clean your travertine floor is through ‘poulticing’ which involves removal of stain 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 like vinegar, ammonia, and bleach may damage the travertine stone, so it is best to avoid these products. Avoiding cleaning agents with acid will just stain and destroy your travertine floor. Whether it is textured, shiny or matte, it best to choose a cleaning agent that is suited, basing on the type of finish of your travertine floor.
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. In order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues, ensure that the mop is not wet, only damp. For floor disinfection, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap in a bucket of water. 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. Your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out in addition to your clean and luxurious travertine floor.