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Home Care 101: How to Best Care Your Travertine

Travertine tile is made of limestone that was applied with heat and pressure, formed by the minerals that are dissolved in ground water and are deposited on the surface of the earth by geysers, rivers, and natural springs. Installation of travertine tiles can totally transform your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious. Travertine comes in a wide variety of colors including brown, beige, gold, green, red and gray, depending on the origin of the stone. Your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster as time passes by, looking dull and dingy and this will age your floor. As a natural soft stone, travertine is prone to scratches made by cleaning tools, hard debris stuck on shoes, and furniture.

Travertine is a type of stone that needs a lot of maintenance, and if your travertine is not too bad yet, it is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule. 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. A cleaning procedure called ‘poulticing’ is the best way to remove travertine stains because it involves 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. It is crucial to choose a cleaning agent that is best suited for your travertine floor, otherwise, it will look worse than you originally started. Cleaning agents such as ammonia, vinegar, and bleach because they may damage your travertine floor. Avoid any cleaning agent with acid because it will just destroy and stain 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 mop your travertine floor to deal with stubborn dirt, grime and stains by using a soft mop and plain warm water as a part of your regular cleaning regimen. 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 disinfecting the floor, 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. Calling a professional travertine cleaner will help ensure cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. Because of your luxurious and clean travertine floor, your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out, surely making your home different from others.