Home Care 101: How to Best Care Your Travertine
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 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. In a bucket of water, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap to disinfect the floor. If you have tried all the tips just mentioned, 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. Because of your luxurious and clean travertine floor, your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out, surely making your home different from others.