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Home Care 101: Travertine Care Tips and Tricks

Travertine tiles are extracted from the earth’s surface using heat and pressure, a type of limestone, formed by the minerals that are dissolved in ground water and are deposited on the surface of the earth by rivers, geysers 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. Your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster as time passes by, looking dull and dingy and this will age 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. Travertine is a porous stone and that is the reason why travertine is prone to staining is the same exact reason why stains are easy to remove, so it is important to clean any spilled liquid or dirt on a travertine floor. 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 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. 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. You should only use a damp mop instead of a wet mop 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.