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Cleaning Travertine Tile is Easy

Do's and Don'ts to Keeping Your Travertine Tile in Top Shape

Travertine tile is one of the easier tiles to clean because it involves relatively simple processes and bars the use of most industrial cleaners. While travertine is a stone, it is not as dense or hard as some other stones commonly used for the same purposes, like granite. It is sensitive to acidic substances which can cause stains even if it is sealed.

To save yourself grief, consider the following do's and don'ts when it comes to cleaning travertine tile:

  • Take time to seal your travertine tile annually. This will help preserve the travertine and help protect it from dust and stains.
  • Wipe spills immediately. Standing spills damage the travertine, particularly if the spill is acidic in nature, such as wine, juice, or coffee.
  • Use a neutral cleaner or stone soap to clean your travertine tile, best applied using a clean mop, sponge, or soft cloth, quickly followed by a dry mop. Take care not to use too much as this produces streaks on the tile when used in excess.
  • Use coasters under glasses and bottles, as the liquids from these may dull the surface of your travertine tile counter. In the same vein, put toiletries and other beauty products in the bathroom on a tray to protect the travertine surface from substances that can accidentally spill from these products and damage the travertine.
  • Put mats in entryways to protect your travertine tile floor from scratches that could potentially be caused by dust and sand coming from shoes. Hall runners and area rugs also give additional protection to the travertine tile floor.
  • Dust mop your travertine tile floor regularly to keep it free from dust and debris that may scratch its surface.

  • Use vinegar or any other acidic cleaners to clean your travertine tiles. Travertine is sensitive to acidic substances and using such cleaners will only serve to damage your tile. Other generic tile cleaners must also be avoided as they are abrasive and may contain acid.
  • Place bathroom products directly on top of travertine tile countertop. As previously stated, some of these products may accidentally spill and stain or damage your travertine tile. It is best to follow the previously stated instruction and place these bathroom products on a tray.
  • Let spills remain on the travertine. Travertine is a very porous material, and any spills left standing for some time will dull the finish and may stain the surface.
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