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Learning how to clean travertine showers, floors and other surfaces can be a little tricky since you are dealing with a very porous surface. This can easily be damaged with the wrong cleaning products. However, once you know the right products to use and how to maintain your travertine surfaces, cleaning can be a lot less stressful.
Before you begin your home cleaning, it is good to know more about the type of natural stone you have in your home. This way you can make sure that you are cleaning it the right way.
It is pretty easy to tell travertine apart from its close relative marble. This is mainly because marble surfaces will have the tell-tale veins that run all across the surface. These veins give marble its distinct pattern.
Travertine, on the other hand, is easily identified by its holes or pock marks. These marks in the stone can be small or larger than a quarter. Most finished travertine will have a resembling color epoxy filling in the holes to give it a smoothed over look, but you should still be able to identify the sealed pock marks. This natural stone can come in many colors. Its most popular availability is in browns and beiges.
Searching for the best way to clean travertine floors and showers can be a little daunting. First, you need to know more about your travertine tile in order to clean it properly.
Now that you have a little more insight to travertine floors, you can understand how to better clean them. When cared for properly, travertine and other natural stone floors can really be a distinguishing feature in your home.
Knowing how to clean travertine shower walls and flooring is important for keeping your natural stone looking brilliant. You also want to keep it protected from soap scum residue that can soak in and damage your tile.
When you need to deep clean your travertine tile, you will want to use a mild soap such as a simple Dawn dish detergent that doesn’t have any added scents or citrus in it.
For a first time cleaning or a monthly deep cleaning you will want to grab:
A large sponge may be the best option. It is easy to grip as well as having the soft texture to help scrub your tiles without being too abrasive.
To learn how to clean natural stone tile shower, just follow these easy instructions.
Stay away from cleaners you purchase in the store, unless it is a safe for natural stone cleaner. There are some available, like StoneTech Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. Read all the ingredients to make sure there is nothing acidic involved. Sneaky components in cleaners are smells. They seem harmless, but the added ingredients can be harmful to your tiles.
After a good thorough cleaning, you will not need to do this again as often. Here is our timetable to help you understand and plan how to clean travertine showers on a regular schedule.
Instead of cleaning your shower on a daily or weekly basis with soap, all you really need to do is use clean hot water. You can either allow the shower water to run over the walls via a handheld shower attachment or just turn the shower head at an angle to hit all of the areas.
The hot water will liquify any hard soap scum that has deposited itself onto your travertine shower walls and help wash it away. Follow up with a squeegee to keep the tiles dry after rinsing.
Set aside time to clean your travertine shower walls once every few weeks. This will ensure that the natural stone surface stays safe from any stains or buildup.
You want to avoid using soap on your travertine tiles frequently as this can cloud your tiles. Of course you will want to use it as needed to shine up your shower when it is looking a little dull and the hot water rinse is no longer restoring its shine.
Use the same method that we mentioned above with the water and Dawn dish detergent mixed together to create a mild cleaning spray that you scrub onto your tile with a sponge.
You will want to inspect your natural stone and travertine showers once a year to make sure the grout is not broken. You may need to reseal the travertine tiles.
Even if you don’t think your shower needs it, due to the daily use of water on your tiles, you still want to set aside the time to check it to make sure everything is properly sealed.
Taking care of your travertine floors is surprisingly easy. You don’t need to do a lot of fancy cleaning. Some simple care on a daily basis keeps your floors in good health.
With travertine floors, sweeping daily is a must in high traffic areas. Try to sweep 2-3 times a week in rooms that aren’t used multiple times a day.
Sweeping is very important because it is the first defense for keeping your travertine floors safe from abrasions. Tiny particles like dust and dirt can rub against the travertine surfaces and begin to indent them with scratches.
About once every week or two you will want to run the mop over your floors. You honestly don’t have to use a cleaner every time if the floors aren’t showing much dirt or staining. Simply using a good mop that is damp with water will give your floors a nice, safe shine.
If you have any issues with a stain or sticky residue on your travertine surfaces, you can use a mild dish soap such as Dawn to help clean your travertine floor. Just make sure you have the simple Dawn formula. Skip anything that has as added scent or any citrus.
Add a few drops of Dawn dish detergent to your clean mop water and use that to gently scrub your tiles. Just make sure you rinse the floor with clean water to get rid of the slick soapy residue.
Also, you will want to avoid drenching your floors. The added water can seep into the tiles and grout to damage your floors. Keep it mostly damp and quickly dry any puddles that you see forming on your tiles.
For spills that happen on your travertine floors, make sure you act quickly. This is due to the porous nature of travertine tiles. They will absorb the spill and can become permanently stained if left for a long time.
The best way to clean travertine tiles is to:
If you do have an older spill, you will want to follow these same steps to get it up as best as you can.
Stained grout can be cleaned with a water and baking soda paste. Apply it, let it sit, and scrub into the grout. Let the paste sit a little longer after scrubbing and then rinse with clean water.
Now you know more about how to clean travertine showers as well as how to clean travertine floors. You also know the best way to care for your tile surfaces and how much you should or should not deep clean them.
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Lauren Moldvay is a freelance writer from Virginia and the mother of one (not always) sweet little girl. She specializes in trying to help others find easier ways to clean, manage the home and save money with DIY projects.