Travertine marble. Travertine limestone. Travertine. Whatever name it goes by, the fact remains that this wonderful rock remains a highly popular flooring choice for garden paths and patios. Formed from the remains of animals and plants, this natural stone can be difficult to clean once dirt has accumulated in its pores.
Before moving on to using a travertine sealer to solve your problem, take a look at the tips below on how you can protect your travertine flooring:
- Immediately clean out any spills to minimise damage. Travertine stone is sensitive to liquids such as soft drinks and tomato juice. Spills from these liquids may cause etches on the surface of your travertine floors.
- If you want to avoid too much dirt from coming into contact with your travertine floors, consider covering them with carpet runners and door mats. For travertine countertops and tables, always use coasters when placing jugs, bottles, and glasses of drinks on top.
- Always use a dry, clean, and non-treated dry dust op to clean your travertine floors regularly. Once a week, you may also wet a mop with hot water and mix in a tablespoon or two of stone cleaning agent.
- Don’t vacuum. Avoid using a vacuum on your travertine stone floor as it may cause small cracks and chips on the surface.
- Watch what you put on it. Placemats under silver, ceramics, and other objects that need to be placed on a travertine surface so as not to scratch it.
- Avoid placing products such as your toiletries directly on top of a travertine bathroom countertop. You should either put them in a basket or better yet, put them on a toiletry rack.
- Never use the following cleaning products:
- Bathroom cleaners, tub cleaners, grout cleaners, and other cleaners that contain acid.
- All-purpose cleaning products such as ammonia, bleach, or vinegar.
- Soft cleaners, dry cleaners, and other abrasive cleaners.
- Abrasives and scouring powders (because they tend to scratch the surface of stone floors).
If you must choose travertine for your flooring and other surfaces at home, consider getting it treated with a travertine sealer about two weeks after installation. This is a product that’s specially formulated for protecting travertine surfaces from any spills that it could rapidly absorb.