Taking Care Of Travertine

Travertine is a stone that can be a delightful alternative to using granite or marble. In recent years, travertine has become more popular to use as a tiling medium in bathrooms and kitchens. When using travertine, however, you must be careful to maintain and clean it properly. It is much more porous than other stone, thereby making it harder to keep clean. Here are some tips that you can use to keep your travertine tile surfaces looking sharp at all times.

Things To Watch Out For

Travertine is susceptible to heat. If you were to place a hot pot on a travertine surface, you risk it marking up the surface for good. Because of this, it is recommended to always use a hot plate or pot holder on any travertine surface when using items that are heated.

Travertine can also be altered by some liquids if they are spilled upon it. Acidic juices, coffees and sodas can all be very harmful to travertine, causing permanent stains.

Travertine has a surface that is full of small craters and pittings, adding to its natural beauty. These things make it a medium that is a bit difficult to clean, as these areas become filled with dirt and grime. Travertine tiling must be cleaned regularly with the correct tools and cleaners. 

Cleaning Travertine

When cleaning, one of the tools that will work best in removing dust and dirt from the pitted areas is a vacuum cleaner. Use an attachment to remove as much grime as you can before using a cleaner that is recommended for natural stone surfaces. Never use ammonia or bleach on travertine, as the chemicals in these are much too harsh for this type of stone. You should also avoid regular household cleansers. 

If something spills on a surface, do not rub it, as it will become trapped in the craters. Instead, blot it using a clean piece of cloth. Follow up with a natural stone friendly cleanser, and blot to remove after spraying.

Sealing Travertine

One thing that will help save the travertine from unnecessary wear is to use a sealer on it regularly. The sealer will soak into the stone, making it less porous in the process. This way, if something is spilled on it, it has less chance in causing permanent damage. A sealer should be applied with a clean cloth, wiping up excess after application. It should be applied once a year for best results.

For more information, contact a tile cleaning company like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc.