Travertine cleaning is a careful process because travertine is a delicate stone, although it will last for a very long time if cared for properly. It’s a calcium based stone like marble so it’s more susceptible to acidic foods like coffee and juices. These acidic foods can etch the stone and dull the sealer. Travertine tile sealing is important and should be done at least once a year or once every other year, but it won’t protect your travertine completely from acid erosion and etching.
Travertine tile cleaning and sealing should be done at least once a year to keep up the appearance of your surfaces. While it may be tempting to clean your travertine floors at home, you may risk damaging your surfaces. Be sure that the company you hire is knowledgeable and able to properly clean and seal your travertine floors.
Your travertine floors come in different finishes including: honed (matte), brushed (textured), and polished (shiny).
Things to Know
- The type of Travertine floor – Your professional tile cleaning and sealing company should be able to determine how porous the travertine tile is. Based on this information they will know the type of cleaning agents and sealer to use.
- Travertine cleaning and sealing requires special chemicals and sealers to prevent etching or scratching. Never use cleaning products that contain acids like lemon, bleach or vinegar or you will cause damage to your surface.
- There isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of cleaning agent when it comes to travertine. Generic sealers or cleaners from the local hardware store will not do the trick. You need to know what type of cleaning agents to use.
Travertine is porous and one of the most common issues related to this stone is that the pores become exposed as the sealant lifts from the floor due to constant foot traffic. Tile sealer plays an important factor here because some companies will use a topical sealant versus and impregnating or penetrating sealant. The topical sealant will sit on top of the floor and peel off easily. The latter two sealants penetrate into the surface more deeply and last longer.
Although it may be tempting to perform travertine cleaning and sealing on your own, it’s wiser to hire a reputable tile cleaning company.