Travertine is a stone flooring type that is quarried and then refined and cut into tiles to be used for architectural construction. Travertine is as hard as rock, but it still has its vulnerabilities that have to be taken into consideration when cleaning it. This concerns both regular and long-term maintenance, as well as particular precautions and instructions.
One major issue with natural travertine floors is that the tiles or pavers are porous, and this soaks up liquid and causes stains, material degradation, discoloration, and mold growth. In order to combat this, the travertine must be sealed properly before and after it’s installed, as well as regularly during the course of its life.
Here are other rules and tips in cleaning your travertine floors:
- Make sure that you don’t use chemical cleansers that are abrasive or acidic. Travertine is a pH base, and if it comes in contact with an acidic substance, the travertine will stain./
- Regularly clean your travertine floors by sweeping or vacuuming them on a weekly basis. This will help remove grit particles and small dirt, which can cause minor abrasions to the floor’s surface. These small particles can make the material dull over time. The dust and debris may also remove the sealant coat, and this will make the stone prone to discoloration./
- When mopping travertine floors, the best way to do it is to apply warm and plain water with a sponge or mop that has been wrung dry. This is so that the floors will just get damp. Avoid soaking the travertine flooring with water as it can penetrate into the grout lines or past the sealant.
To disinfect the floors, you may add about 1 tablespoon of non-acidic and mild dish soap to 1 gallon of water. Use this solution to mop your floors. However, after doing this, you need to mop the floors again using clean water so that any residue left will be removed.