The do’s and don’t’s of maintaining travertine
Travertine has been a staple building material for more than a millennium due to its attractive appearance and softness. However, its porosity also makes it particularly vulnerable to staining and damage, which is why it’s important to stay vigilant and keep it in top shape.
In its thousands of years of use, people have had the time to err and succeed in dealing with travertine, so you don’t have to. We can benefit from these centuries-worth reserves of knowledge.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make sure your travertine tiles keep looking great for the future, here’s a few of the basics.
Seal your stone
Of course, the best way to maintain your travertine is to use an impregnating, invisible and breathable sealer on the surface, which will both maintain the look of the stone and help keep it protected from any damage in the future.
Dry-Treat’s STAIN-PROOF Original™ will ensure tile protection from salt, water and oil. And if the sealing is carried out by an Accredited Applicator, even better – you’ll get a 15-year performance warranty.
Don’t delay in wiping up spills
Travertine is intensely porous. It only takes a few seconds for it to absorb the equivalent amount of a tablespoon of water, leaving a deep stain that could easily ruin the look of your floor.
It isn’t just water that could do this – anything from ketchup and soda has the potential to harm your travertine tiles. If a spill does happen, take some hot water and a microfiber cloth or mop to the surface and try to get rid of the spill.
Avoid using acidic products
Whatever you do, don’t use products like vinegar, ammonia, bleach, citrus-based cleaning products or anything else acidic to clean it up.
You may have been brought up to know these are perfect for cleaning up stubborn stains, but that simply won’t cut it when it comes to travertine. Travertine, like marble, is a calcium-based stone, so it will react with acid and dissolve, resulting in unsightly acid etching.
If your travertine is polished, then using an alkaline product could also be harmful, as it could ruin the mirror finish.
Carry out regular maintenance
Part of what makes travertine so attractive – its pits and craters – is also what makes it so important to regularly keep clean. Grime, dirt and dust can build up in these areas, turning your once-pristine floor into a mess.
For this reason, make a schedule for cleaning your travertine and stick to it. Use a non-treated and clean dust mop to get rid of the existing dust, but also be sure to lay down door mats, coasters and carpet runners to keep the dirt out in the first place.
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