Travertine is an incredible resilient stone but it can also become damaged if not cleaned regularly – especially if used as flooring. Regularly cleaning travertine assures that it looks great for years to come and that it will last for a long time. However, many people do not know the dos and don’ts of both cleaning and simply living with travertine.
Read on to get some of the basic facts about caring for travertine. Then contact Fuller Stone Care at 310-944-9099 if you would like to schedule maintenance, cleaning, sealing, or other travertine services.
Do: Seal your travertine flooring
Without question, the best way to keep your floor looking great for years to come is to have the tiles sealed before they are installed. Remember that travertine is a permeable natural stone that has microscopic pores. As a result, it can be vulnerable to being damaged, stained, or discolored. However, sealing it can help it last much longer without these issues.
Due to the fact that travertine is such as sensitive stone, we do not recommend sealing it on your own. Instead, contact Fuller Stone Care at 310-944-9099 to ensure that the process is done correctly and with the right materials.
Don’t: Clean your floor without testing a cleaning product
If you are planning to use cleaning products to clean your travertine floor, we recommend testing a small, hidden area of the floor first. If you use the wrong chemicals, they could stain travertine or otherwise discolor it. If this is done, then it may be impossible to reverse. As a result, we recommend testing an area of the floor that is not very visible to ensure the product will not have a negative impact.
Do: Mop your travertine flooring
The best and easiest way to clean your travertine flooring is to mop it. This can be done with nothing more than plain water, though if you are going to use a cleaner then read above to learn about testing it. If you mop regularly, you can keep dust and grime from getting into the pores of the floor.
Don’t: Mop your travertine floor with a soaking wet mop
You should never use a mop that is soaking or drenched in water. If you do, then water can get into the pores and can cause issues – not the least of which is the potential for mold. Instead, use a mop that has been squeezed tightly to get rid of most water until it is nothing more than damp.
Do: Call us right away if your travertine floor is stained
While some stains are very challenging to get out of travertine, the earlier you get them taken care of, the better the chances are that they can be completely removed. If you have spilled something on your travertine flooring, contact Fuller Stone Care at 310-944-9099 right away. Even if the stain has been there for weeks or months, we can still take a look and offer suggestions.