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Travertine Maintenance

Travertine maintenance is only important if you want to keep your natural stone investment looking good.

So I guess you can say it is essential.

Cleaning travertine is the same as cleaning all other natural stone.

We always recommend using a neutral floor cleaner for cleaning all natural stone.

Knowing how to clean travertine is not something everyone is told how to do, and almost every customer we have asks us how they should be maintaining their travertine tile, or how to clean a travertine shower.

Cleaning travertine is pretty much the same when cleaning any natural stone.

The difference with travertine tile cleaning is there are so many places for dirt to collect, because of how holey travertine is.
Travertine Maintenance
Travertine tile is usually filled with either an epoxy fill or grout, and sometimes is left unfilled. Even though travertine tile has a lot of holes, it's actually very dense.

Being very dense, some people say travertine doesn't needed to be sealed. This is bad advice.

Part of travertine maintenance is sealing travertine whether it's flooring, or on a countertop.

After a thorough cleaning, your travertine should be sealed with an impregnating sealer.

Not all sealers are created equal and careful research should be done when selecting a sealer.

The sealers you find at the big box stores are of poor quality, and if that's all you have to seal your travertine, it's better to have some protection than none.

How to Clean Travertine Tile

Cleaning travertine tile is the same as cleaning any natural stone and isn't a hard task.

Don't be worried about damaging your stone.

We always recommend neutral cleaners neutral cleaners for all natural stone surfaces and that includes travertine cleaning.

Neutral cleaners are safe for all natural stone and tile and grout surfaces.

If your polished travertine floor tile is looking a little dull, it probably needs more than a cleaning. It may need to be re-surfaced, or honed and polished. Check out our travertine polishing page for more information on restoring the polished finish.

The same polishing techniques for marble applies for travertine.

The most important thing you need to know about cleaning travertine is not to use strong chemicals.

Acidic and even akaline chemicals will etch the travertine. Vinegar is acidic and bleach is akaline, so you do not want to clean travertine with either one of these cleaners.

Neutral cleaners for natural stone are recommended and available at tile stores and if you don't have a neatral cleaner, use warm water to clean you travertine surface.

When cleaning your travertine floors, mop the travertine tiles with your neutral cleaning solution or warm water.
Travertine Maintenance
After mopping, use a dry cotton or microfiber cloth to dry the surface of the travertine.

Drying the travertine with the dry cotton or microfiber cloth will not only pick up the water, but any dirt still in the water.

This is a very important step that most people don't do.

When it comes to travertine maintenance or any natural stone and tile and grout, we strive to help educate our customers on the best protection they can have, helping them save time and money in costly restoration costs down the road.

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