Steps For Cleaning Travertine Tile Floors

Travertine is an elegant, warm, natural stone. Cut into rough hewn tiles, travertine is frequently used in kitchens, bathrooms and foyers. While cleaning travertine is not a difficult or time-consuming process, it’s important to clean it properly in order to avoid damaging the stone, either by wearing it down or causing it to stain.

Regular Cleaning Routine

Follow these steps on a regular basis to clean the general grime that builds up on floors over time. 

  1. Dust the tile frequently. Dust and sand from shoe bottoms does the most damage to travertine tile over time. To prevent an accumulation of grit from wearing travertine down, frequent dusting is required. Use a dry broom and/or mop to get rid of dust. Do this at least a few times per week. Avoid vacuuming in order to prevent the floor from becoming scratched by the hard metal edges of the vacuum cleaner. 
  2. Mop the floors regularly with warm water and travertine tile cleaner. Do this with a clean mop, then allow the floor to fully dry (or blot it dry) before walking on it again.
  3. Have the floors professionally cleaned on a regular but infrequent basis. To keep your travertine floors looking their best, have them cleaned by a professional like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc. on an annual or semi-annual basis. This will prevent deep stains from building up.

Stain Treatment Routine

Follow these steps to prevent or remove stains from your travertine tile floors.

  1. Blot foods that stain right away, and wipe the spot down with water and cleaning solution. Blotting foods is more effective than wiping away foods because blotting prevents foods from smearing and staining. Use a commercial cleaning solution specifically formulated for travertine tile to avoid damaging the floor.
  2. Treat tough stains with a poultice. There are many recipes for homemade poultices. In general, poultices should be comprised of an absorbent material and a cleaner of some kind. One example of a possible combination would be chalk dust and a commercial travertine tile cleaner. Another possible example is baking soda and a travertine tile cleaner. Either way, mix together the ingredients to form a thick paste, and then spread that paste over the stain. Spread a plastic bag over the poultice to hold in the moisture, then leave this to sit for several days. Once the poultice has done its job, wipe it away with a cotton cloth and warm water. Repeat as necessary. 

When in doubt, contact a professional tile cleaner for advice. With this type of care, your travertine tile will continue to look beautiful for years to come. 

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