Travertine Cleaning and Care Steps
- Remove dirt, sand and particles that could scratch the travertine. A canister vacuum, handheld vacuum, or sweeping is preferable to pushing an upright across floors, because the wheels can scratch the travertine with repeated use. Living in a desert like Las Vegas Nevada this should be done at least once to twice a week.
- Dry dust mop floors or wipe down countertops with a soft cloth to remove any leftover particles that could scratch the tile. Take care not to press too hard into the tile, so you don’t push small rocks and dirt into the natural stone.
2. Wet mop using a traditional mop and bucket or soft flat mop?
- Travertine cleaning made simple. Travertine manufacturers recommend using a neutral Ph travertine cleaner. Neutral Ph cleaners do not contain any ingredients that could remove the sealant or damage the travertine. Dilute the neutral Ph travertine cleaner according to the manufacturers directions. Home stores and stone dealers sell stone cleaner made for travertine or marble. We are an authorized Dupont StoneTech distributor for the Las Vegas valley and always have products available for purchase.
- If you choose another type of travertine cleaner, it shouldn’t contain harsh chemicals. Mix a very small amount with warm water.
- When using a traditional mops such as cotton string mops or sponge mops. Make sure to change the mop water frequently. Failure to do so can result in just spreading the dirt around. The use of a microfiber dust mop and a neutral Ph natural stone cleaner can make travertine maintenance easier for you.
3. Remove moisture with a dry mop or soft towel (air drying may leave streaks on the travertine).
- Take care not to use abrasive materials or harsh cleaners. Cleaning your travertine with these cleaning agents may scratch or etch the stone removing the luster of your travertine.
4. Call a professional travertine cleaner if you aren’t seeing results.
- Professionals can perform travertine cleaning, sealing, polishing or restoration to bring back travertine to its original finish. Our travertine and natural stone cleaning experts in Las Vegas provide free in home estimates.
Travertine Cleaning Products
Pacific of Newport Beach is an authorized distributor of DuPont™ StoneTech®. DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional stone, tile and masonry care products are innovative, easy-to-use solutions to protect and preserve stone against the damaging effects of everyday living. With a complete line of products to protect, clean and transform stone surfaces, we help ensure the beauty of natural stone and tile countertops, floors, showers and vanities for generations to come.
Travertine is a stone that is used in flooring, countertops, showers and back splashes alot in Las Vegas. The stone is porous and can stain easily if the pores are not sealed with a penetrating sealer. This sealer will keep spills and splashes from soaking into the travertine. The porous nature of travertine requires the stone to be cleaned and sealed every one to two years. Once natural stone is properly sealed, it’s protected from everyday spills. Instead of being absorbed into the stone, they will bead up on the surface. When cleaning and maintaining it’s equally important to use cleaners specially formulated for your travertine. Most general purpose cleaners, acidic and alkaline solutions, abrasives, ammonia or bleach can break down the sealer and damage natural stone surfaces. DuPont™ StoneTech’s heavy duty stone cleaners and natural stone sealants were carefully designed for natural stone, providing you with peace of mind.
- Acidic substances such as citrus, vinegar, wine and soda etch (or erode) travertine, so it is important that these spills get cleaned as soon as possible. It is also important to keep up with the maintenance on the sealing of your travertine surfaces because when the pores are sealed the acid stays on the surface longer and less etching occurs.
- Do not use a topical sealer. Topical sealers on your travertine floors can scuff and come off. Also, the porous nature of the stone can get air bubbles and attract dirt and oils. Penetrating sealers expand in the pores to become part of the stone while protecting it.
Is there a need to polish my travertine? Travertine tile is a type of tile that is greatly related to limestone. Travertine forms over thousands of years and contains patterns and colors that are a lovely addition to any home. Travertine tiles are utilized both in the floors of many homes as well as on countertops. This beautiful material works well in almost any room of the house. Due to the beautiful texture that is indicative of the natural stone coupled with the sheen that appears on nicely polished travertine tiles.
If you have purchased a home that already had travertine tile installed or if you did not receive care and maintenance tips when your tile was installed, polishing the travertine can seem like a task fraught with danger. No one wants to damage such an important show piece in the home, but travertine that has lost it’s polished luster definitely needs maintenance.
Over time, the polish of travertine tiles become worn and scratched from chairs, pets, dry particulate, and shoes. This leaves the travertine tiles looking dull and unsightly. Restoration and travertine polishing removes the scratches and leaves the floor with a renewed shine. Using special polishing pads with a buffing machine is like sanding down all the blemishes and resurfacing the travertine tiles. Because travertine tiles are consistently colored all the way through, there is no need to worry about damaging the surface. Maintenance polishing of your travertine should be done by a professional every 12-36 months depending on the amount of use in your home.
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