Travertine tile is an incredibly popular tile choice for many homeowners, both because of its durability and its gorgeous color and texture features. This tile can be applied to almost any room in your house, commonly found in flooring, kitchen countertops, showers, and even backsplashes. No matter where your travertine tile is installed, keeping it clean is always a high priority. While this tile is loved for its simple natural looks, the same features that give it its characteristic “look” give it a propensity for collecting dirt and grime. Here we’ll talk about the features of travertine tile and how you can keep it clean.
Travertine is a type of limestone often found in cream, white, and tan colors. This unique stone has holes in its surface, which gives it that characteristic pitted look. While beautiful, this feature also provides plenty of space for dirt and germs to accumulate, making regular cleaning necessary. In some cases, the tile might have these holes filled in with grout – it just depends on your own personal tastes and where the tile is installed.
Whatever the type of travertine tile, use only natural stone cleaners when cleaning your tile – these cleaners don’t have acidic solutions or abrasive chemicals that can seep into your tile’s pores and internally damage the stone. You also don’t want to use soap at all, because it leaves behind unsightly streaks and a dried film that can actually attract dust and germs!
Also make sure that, before applying any cleaning solutions at all, you always wipe clean any loose dirt and debris from the surface of the tile. This prevents you from accidentally scratching the tile while attempting to clean it. And when you’re done cleaning, make sure to wipe down the surface with a microfiber material to remove any excess liquid and add a final polish.
While regular maintenance will do wonders to prolong the look and lifespan of your travertine tile, professional cleanings are needed in many cases. If you have polished travertine tile, which is especially susceptible to damage and staining, it would be wise to involve professional tile cleaners when a deep cleaning is needed. A professional will be knowledgeable on which cleaners to use on this delicate stone, and have the proper equipment to obtain a deep clean without etching or scratching the tile.
If you already have etches or scratches, the only solution is involving a professional. Stone cleaners can grind down the tiles surface in order to remove any unintentional scratches. They can also help with sealing or re-sealing the surface to prevent further damage. If you have any questions about caring for your travertine, feel free to contact us – we specialize in all types of tile cleaning and can make sure your travertine tile is clean, sealed, and durable for years to come.