Travertine Tiles: Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
Travertine tiles are a type of limestone formed when calcium carbonate precipitates rapidly either at a limestone cave or hot spring. Travertine has natural cavities and presents in different colours based on the existing minerals during the formation. The common colours are cream, tan, white, grey, yellow and red.
In Italy and other parts of the world travertine has been used as a building material for centuries. It is the preferred choice for walls and floors both for indoor and outdoor projects. Although it is not as hard as granite, you can expect travertine to outlast both its environment and your stay in the home. This goes for the quality of the travertine purchased and used.
In our current market there are lots of travertine suppliers and options available. Travertine is a very versatile stone that can be used in many places. However if the product fails, 90% of the time it is not because of the stone, but the quality of it. In most natural stone projects, money is not saved but lost when buying cheap alternatives. This would not be the fault of low grade travertine sold unless the purchaser is told of the quality.
Marble Matters offers premium quality and exceptional service. Our aim is always to offer the right product and the best quality to suit your needs. Once you have selected the right type of product and the quality, the maintenance is simple and easy.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Stone tiles are surprisingly durable and hardwearing. Acidic fluids such juice and harsh cleaning agents can cause etching on travertine just like on any other stone. Regular cleaning is recommended using a vacuum cleaner and then a mop. The use of a soft cloth is recommended to wipe countertops and remove spills and food remnants.
Avoid using harsh chemicals or acid based products on your natural stone as this can damage the surface. Use recommended stone cleaners for marble or travertine or simply mild soap (pH natural or alkaline). Soaps that are mild on the hands are most likely mild on tiles as well. Mop the floor using warm water and a little soap. Wipe dry with a soft towel as streaks may be visible when left to air dry. Avoid abrasive materials that can leave scratches. Full body stone tiles can be repolished if needed. Professionals restore the stone by polishing it to its former finish and resealing.
Tips and Warnings
- Before entering a tiled room, it is always good practice to wipe the soles of your shoes to remove any tiny particles that may cause scratching of the surface.
- Timely cleaning of any spill of any acidic drinks like wine and citrus juices would eliminate or minimise any etching on the surface.
- Products such as make-up, hair-oils, hair dye, perfumes, nail polish and toiletries in general should not be placed directly onto travertine or any natural stone product. They have acidic components which could harm the surface. It is much safer not to rely on any sealer against these products. Common sense would make the maintenance of any natural stone product simpler and defiantly more economical.
For more information or product enquiries about our travertine tiles, please contact us today on (02) 9648 6222.