Home Care 101: How to Best Care Your Travertine
As a type of limestone, travertine is formed by minerals which are dissolved in ground water, with heat and pressure applied and are deposited on the surface of the earth by geysers, rivers, and natural springs. You can transform your home by totally transforming your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious through travertine installation. Travertine comes in a wide variety of colors including brown, beige, gold, green, red and gray, depending on the origin of the stone. As time passes by, your travertine may start to lose its luxurious luster and begin to look dingy and dull, aging the floor and space. As a natural soft stone, travertine is prone to scratches made by cleaning tools, hard debris stuck on shoes, and furniture.
Travertine requires a regular maintenance so if your travertine is not too bad yet, it is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule. Travertine is a porous stone and that is the reason why travertine is prone to staining is the same exact reason why stains are easy to remove, so it is important to clean any spilled liquid or dirt on a travertine floor. You can try a great way of cleaning your travertine floor through ‘poulticing’, which is the removal of stains by drawing the stain from the travertine floor into another material which is usually a mixture of a reducing agent soaked into a paper towel or cloth. To ensure that your travertine floor is cleaned properly, it is essential to choose a cleaning agent that is best suited for your travertine floor. Cleaning agents like vinegar, ammonia, and bleach may damage the travertine stone, so it is best to avoid these products. Avoiding cleaning agents with acid will just stain and destroy your travertine floor. Basing on the type of finish of your travertine floor, it is best to choose a cleaning agent that is suited for it whether it is textured, shiny or matte.
Regularly mopping your travertine floor is essential to remove stubborn dirt, grime and stains by using a soft mop and plain warm water. Make sure that the mop is damp and not wet and in order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues. For disinfecting the floor, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap in a bucket of water. If the above instructions will still leave your travertine floor dirty and with stains, then it’s time to call an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. Travertine professional cleaners can help in cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine. Once your travertine floor is clean and luster, you can showcase your Ekornes sofa to your friends and visitors, making your home different from others.
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