Taking Care of Travertine Flooring Flooring hunter

Taking Care of Travertine Flooring Flooring hunter

Taking Care of Travertine Flooring

We gave you the travertine flooring basics as well as its advantages and disadvantages

in our previous post. Today we want to share some steps and tips on how to best take care of your travertine flooring so that you can make it last longer.

Taking care of your travertine stone tile flooring to make sure it lasts longer can be summarized into three easy set of steps: the daily cleaning, the monthly washing and the annual sealing.

Daily Cleaning

Daily cleaning can be broken down into the following steps:

Sweep travertine flooring stone tiles with a soft-bristled broom or brush so you don’t scratch the surface. When using a vacuum, it is generally wiser to use a hand-held one as conventional vacuums might damage your natural travertine stone flooring surface

If there are stubborn, deep-seated dirt that just won’t be swept off, a dust mop with plain water or gentle cleaners can be used. Be sure to follow up with a dry one to to protect your sealants.

Be sure to make it a habit to have these done several times a week so dirt and debris don’t accumulate.

Monthly Washing

Before the actual washing make sure that the travertine floors have been swept or vacuumed down to keep grit and debris to a minimum.

Remember to use warm and not boiling water. Be generous with the liquid but don’t overdo.

Use mild soaps with a balanced pH to prevent discolorations. In general, avoid alkaline or acidic cleaning products those that have ammonia, citrus products and vinegar because they can contribute to etching. The next best thing to using neutral cleaners is to use one which is manufacturer recommended for your travertine natural stone flooring.

After soap has been applied and the tiles have been clean be sure to wipe or wash of the excess soap.

Taking Care of Travertine Flooring Flooring hunter

Use soft cloth rags like chamois or a sponge or a microfiber mop to dry the surface down.

Annual Sealing

Sealing is not an uber complicated rocket science. It just as simple as mopping it on the cleaned, washed and dried travertine stone flooring surface and allowing it to try.

For it to be longer lasting or more effective be sure to use a sealant that is compatible with your tile. Frequency of sealing also depends on the amount of traffic that the flooring receives.

Tips

  • Since travertine stone flooring is prone to stains, the best way to minimize, if not prevent them is cleaning up and cleaning up fast. Be sure to soak up the liquid and not rub it as rubbing might cause a bigger problem.
  • Use door mats and carpet runners for entryways to lessen dirt dragged into the house and eventually into your travertine tile floors. For high traffic areas, area rugs can also be added for more protection.
  • Since travertine is softer than other natural stone flooring, be sure to use furniture cushions and spread out the weight of your fixtures. Don’t concentrate all the big and heavy stuff all in one place as too much weight and pressure can cause your beautiful travertine tile flooring to break.
  • Travertine flooring is special and therefore, each homeowner should be prepared to take special care of it. Have a list of natural stone friendly products and keep some of these recommended or compatible cleaner handy.

Taking care of travertine flooring is not complicated. You just have to follow the steps and tips listed above and when you think something is wrong or you are not getting the results you are expecting, it is always wise to seek professional help to make sure you make the most out of your beautiful natural stone flooring.


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