Tips for Cleaning Travertine

Travertine is one of the most versatile and unique natural stones. The Romans used it to build many of their structures, including The Colosseum, the largest travertine building on earth.

Today, travertine is used in homes in many forms that include floors, walls, showers, fireplaces, facades and more.

With travertine being around for so many years, there are many procedures that have been discovered to properly care for this beautiful stone.

In this blog we will discuss a few simple ways to keep your travertine clean and looking its best.

Clean on a regular basis to prevent mildew

Because travertine is essentially made from water (naturally created by hard water deposits), it is great for a wet environment like a bathroom shower.

It is a porous material, however, meaning it can succumb to issues such as mildew when not cared for properly.

It is suggested to clean your travertine every few weeks or so to ensure there is no buildup that can lead to lasting damage.

Use a simple cleaning solution

To clean, you’ll only need hot water and a proper stone cleaner. Do not use store-bought shower cleaners as they may contain acids that will etch your travertine. The same goes for vinegar, ammonia or any citrus-based cleansers.

Try a peroxide-based product if problems persist

To kill off mold and mildew that is lingering, your travertine can be cleaned with a peroxide-based product like Oxiclean. This will cause no harm to your stone but can damage towels and other cleaning supplies, so it is important to be careful when using this.

If you have tried all the above methods, and are still having trouble keeping your travertine floors, walls and other areas clean, it will be time to call on a trusted travertine restoration team to handle all of your needs. In the New York and New Jersey area that team is Stone Makeover.

We bring years of experience to each restoration job and will be happy to restore dull or damaged travertine surfaces back to their original beauty. We ask that you give us a call today at (800) 661-7866 to get started.

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