Travertine stones come with a lot of benefits for your spaces, especially when installed indoors. No wonders it has been in use for several ancient architectures. It’s beautiful creamy, silver grey, light brown natural shades and load bearing capacity make it an obvious choice or outdoor pavers and tiles.
Travertine is a natural stone known for its durability and ability to resist wear and tear. However, the stone has holes on its surface. These tiny pores are what make it susceptible to chemical reaction or dust absorption if not maintained well. Here are five useful tips to maintain your travertine floor, at home or commercial space.
Keep Travertine clean
You would agree cleanliness is a part of maintenance, especially outdoor. To make your travertine floor last longer, practice a regular cleaning routine. Grime or dirt build-up quickly cascades into slippery or aging stones. Make sure you regularly clean your travertine floor.
Avoid citrus or vinegar cleaning agents
Both these elements will cause the Travertine surface to dull. Acidic substances like lemon, orange peels, baking soda, vinegar slowly may penetrate the surface to cause irreparable damage.
Caution while mopping
Often while cleaning our floors, we use a mop soaked in water. Though the Travertine surface is sealed when used on indoor and outdoor floors, it is prone to damage by water. Soaked mop or cloth might cause water infiltration and the surface will gradually get dented before you know it. Hence it is advisable to use a damp cloth. Wring it as much as you can.
Choose neutral stain remover
If you dropped coffee, red wine, or chocolate on your beautiful beige travertine floor, don’t rush to scrub or rinse it with stain remover. Bleach, dish soap, or ammonia are alkaline in nature with high pH. These stain removers typically abrasive causing damage to the layers of Travertine. It is advisable to pick a neutral stain remover.
Clean grout lines
With the change of temperature and season, the grout lines in Travertine floors let each tile shrink or expand. This helps in preventing tile friction and subsequently cracking. The protective grout is prone to water damage, stain, or losing color. To clean the grout line, mix equal parts of water and baking soda. Scrub the paste into the line with a brush, away from the tile to prevent damage.
Travertine floors are classy and add to the aesthetic value of your space. With regular maintenance and the choice of your cleaners, you can increase the shelf life of the Travertine floor. Remember to use pH-neutral substances. Sweeping and mopping regularly will avoid chances of damage.
*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.