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Home Care 101: How to Best Care Your Travertine

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. You can transform your home by totally transforming your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious through travertine installation. Travertine comes in various natural colors like rust, green, red, brown, beige, gold and gray. Your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster as time passes by, looking dull and dingy and this will age 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.

It is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule for your travertine especially if your travertine is not too bad yet. Cleaning is a simple procedure and if stain occurs such as spills on the floor must be cleaned immediately because travertine is prone to stains. One way to clean your travertine floor is through ‘poulticing’ which involves removal of stain by 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. To ensure that your travertine floor is cleaned properly, it is essential to choose a cleaning agent that is best suited for your travertine floor. It is best to avoid using vinegar, ammonia, and bleach because it will damage the stone. Avoiding cleaning agents with acid will just stain and destroy your travertine floor. Whether it is textured, shiny or matte, it best to choose a cleaning agent that is suited, basing on the type of finish of your travertine floor.

Regularly mopping your travertine floor is essential to remove 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. For floor disinfection, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap in a bucket of water. If the above instructions will still leave your travertine floor dirty and with stains, then it’s time to call an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. Travertine professional cleaners can help in cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. Once your travertine floor is clean and luster, you can showcase your Ekornes sofa to your friends and visitors, making your home different from others.