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Home Care 101: Best 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 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. 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 is a type of stone that needs a lot of maintenance, and 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. It is important to choose a cleaning product that is made for travertine 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. 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. 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.