Travertine floors may be elegant and durable, but they are also prone to damage when not maintained properly. If you want your travertine floors to last a lifetime, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- First, ask your builder to treat the floors with a sealant that will help prevent dark-colored or acidic liquids or substances from staining or damaging your tiles. You could also apply the sealant yourself—just be sure to ask which product is ideal for your travertine floor. Even though your travertine tiles and pavers are properly sealed, you should still keep an eye out for any spills or potential aggressive agents, such as wine, carbonated drinks, juice, vinegar, and the like.
- To prevent any further staining, be sure to wipe away any spillage immediately. Use water with a neutral PH of 7 mixed with a stone cleaning product. Ask your builder or dealer if they recommend any cleaning agent that will not damage your floors.
- Every other day, use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop to wipe the floor off any dirt. Do not use any harsh cleaning liquids such as bleach, vinegar, or products that are orange or lemon-based, and have ammonia. Once a week, mop the floor with the neutral water and stone cleaning liquid mixture. Do not vacuum your floor as this may cause tiles to chip and break.
- If you prefer, cover the areas that go through heavy foot traffic with foot rugs or carpets. Be sure to dry dust mop underneath the rug regularly to prevent dust build up.
If these are major stains that are difficult to get rid of, use poultices. They are made by mixing baking powder with a stone cleaning formulation to form a paste. Apply the paste over the stain and cover afterwards with a clear, clean plastic wrap. The poultice paste will then drain out the stain slowly over the course of several days, after which you can remove the wrap and gently remove the poultice paste using warm water. Lastly, buff the surface using a soft cotton cloth or chamoi