Travertine, one of the most common natural stones used in interior design, has a beautiful range of colors and textures that make it great compliment to any home decor. Designers use travertine for tile flooring, showers, backsplashes, kitchen countertops, and vanities.
Although this natural stone does not require an extensive amount of maintenance, improperly cleaning travertine will dull polished surfaces and cause unsightly etching.
Travertine is a compacted version of limestone that forms along streams, especially where there are waterfalls, hot or cold springs. It often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and is most commonly white, tan, cream, or variations of these colors.
One of travertine’s most notable characteristics are the pitted holes and troughs in its surface. Depending on your desired look, these holes may be filled with grout or left open.
Like all natural stones, travertine is porous, so unless it is properly sealed it will absorb liquids which can cause unsightly staining. It is also soluble in acid and will become noticeably damaged if the wrong cleaning products are used.
Tumbled travertine stones have a rough surface texture, making this finish the most forgiving. Polished and honed travertine are more likely to suffer irreversible damage if not properly cared for. Scratches and chemical damage to the surface of your travertine will need to be polished out by natural stone professional - Sue Ostrowski of Enviro Clean Grout & Stone Care Inc.is a certified stone technicain. To save yourself time and money, it is best to prevent stains, etching, and other issues before they occur.
Cleaning travertine can be simple and easy if you use the right products.
Avoid cleaners with vinegar, lemon or orange in them because they are acidic. Also avoid harsh or abrasive chemicals such as bleach or ammonia which seep into the pores of the travertine, causing more damage. Instead, use a pH balanced natural stone cleaner like Green Clean when cleaning travertine.
When cleaning travertine counters, vanities, or backsplashes begin by wiping up dust and dirt from the stone. Next, spray the surface with Green Clean, which is an eco friendly cleaning product that is safe to use around food, children, and pets.
To prevent the buildup of mold, mildew, and mineral deposits wipe down your shower with a squeegee or towel after every use then buff your shower to a lustrous shine with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Grit and dirt tracked in from outdoors can scratch the surface of your tile floors. You can keep them looking beautiful simply by dust-mopping with a microfiber cloth on a daily basis. When a more thorough cleaning is needed, spray your travertine floors with Green Clean and wipe clean.
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