A Foolproof Travertine Tile Maintenance Guide
One of the many benefits of travertine tile is that it is easy to maintain. The stone is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Travertine is a durable stone that can withstand water damage and that does not discolor or scratch easily.
Though travertine can withstand a lot of common damage, it is not invincible. You still need to maintain it to keep it looking great. While the maintenance may not be as involved as it is for other materials, you do need to know what to do and on what schedule to do it. Here is your foolproof guide to maintaining your travertine tile to keep it looking great for as long as possible:
Apply a Waterproof Sealer
Travertine can resist the growth of mold and mildew, as well as damage from water. The naturally porous stone allows the water to pass right through, significantly reducing the risk of any damage from the water.
However, other liquids can settle into the tile and create stains, such as red wine, juice, or syrups. Even water mixed with dirt can create stains. So, applying a waterproof sealer can help to protect the travertine from staining and discoloration. Maintaining that waterproof seal is important whether the tile is inside or outside.
Use the Right Cleansers
You may think that you can use any kind of cleanser on travertine because it is so strong. However, some cleansers can actually etch or discolor the stone. You should avoid harsh and acidic cleansers, including anything containing citrus, bleach, ammonia, and vinegar.
You need only mild household cleansers to keep your travertine tile clean. You can use a soft rag for wall tiles or a soft mop for floor tiles. Even warm water should be enough to keep the tile clean in most cases, but when you need more, a mild cleanser will do. Just keep the dust off it and clean it once a week or every couple of weeks. The tile will stay clean and beautiful.
Treat Stains Properly
Occasionally, you might get a stubborn stain on your travertine. For example, if you have travertine on your patio or walkways, you might get oil from your lawnmower or other yard equipment. Indoors, you might spill cooking oil or wine. These stains can set in and become very difficult to remove.
You can remove these stains by using an oil stain remover. Many brands are available; you just need to make sure it is marked safe for use on natural stone. Once the oil stain remover has had a few minutes to do its job, you can use a pressure washer to lift out the oil and dirt and wash it away. Start using your pressure washer on its lowest setting so that you don’t inadvertently damage the stone.
If the stain doesn’t come out on the low setting, turn up the intensity slightly until you get the desired result.
Travertine tile does not require a lot of maintenance, but you do need to know how to care for it so that it lasts as long as it can. With consistent care, you can keep your tile looking as beautiful as the day it was installed.
However, if you ever do lapse on your maintenance, or if you get a stain that you can’t get out, you can call on the professionals to restore your floor. Professional tile cleaning in Queen Creek can remove years of dirt and discoloration from your tile, showing off its natural beauty and its true color.
Arizona Stone Care can clean your travertine or other stone tile to make it look like new again. We specialize in getting out the toughest dirt and stains, restoring the natural look of the stone. Our stone experts can also polish your travertine in Queen Creek or stone tile to give them a fresh, glossy appearance. We can also repair stone that has been cracked or chipped. You don’t have to replace your tile if it is broken or has become dull with the passage of time.
Our natural stone experts can restore your tile or other stone surfaces to a beautiful, vibrant finish, making it seem like you have a new surface. Call us in Queen Creek today for an estimate.
Arizona Stone Care
Mesa, Arizona 85203
Phone: (480) 232-6264