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Travertine Tile

If you have travertine tile istalled in your home or business, you know that it can get dirty, even if you try to keep it clean by mopping it periodically.

Travertine tile cleaning must be done on a deeper level at least once a year for a normal household.

The frequency will depend on the amount of traffic in the household.

You can either pay to have your travertine tile cleaned by a professional or clean it yourself.

Which ever you choose make sure you or the professional knows how to clean travertine properly.

As you may already know, your travertine naturally has many holes and depending on the style you have, may or may not have those holes filled in.
Travertine tile
Some travertine is unfilled, which has the greatest potential to become dirty and will need to be cleaned more often.

There are also travertine that is partially filled with grout, still leaving a low area in the tile, where dirt can collect.

The most easily cleaned travertine are the tiles that have been completely filled with either epoxies or polyesters.

Cleaning travertine on a daily or weekly basis, we recommend using a neutral floor cleaner.

For deep cleaning travertine, we recommend a natural stone cleaner that is safe for marble. Part of travertine maintenance is keeping the travertine sealed.

Sealing travertine, should be done after installation and after each deep cleaning.

If you have a travertine shower, it's especially important to keep it clean and sealed.

How To Clean Travertine

Travertine tile cleaning 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 a neutral cleaner 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.
Travertine Tile
When cleaning your travertine floors, mop the travertine tiles with your neutral cleaning solution or warm water.

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 tile 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.

We are located in San Jose, CA, but clean tile and grout and natural stone surfaces throughout the south bay, peninsula, and even find ourselves in the San Ramon Valley from time to time.

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