How to Care For Travertine Floor Tiles
The beautiful and distinctive texture of travertine that makes it so desirable is also what makes it a challenge to care for. Travertine and other porous stone flooring tiles must be treated with special care. These floor tiles are extremely durable and will remain beautiful for many years if treated properly.
Sealing Travertine Floor Tiles
The porous surface of travertine tile makes it vulnerable to stains or mold if liquid gets trapped in its openings. When the floor is new, a sealant should be applied that seeps down into the pores, clogging them so that moisture is kept from entering the tile. Stoneworks Wholesaling recommends the Dry Treat line of sealers for best results.
When it has been brushed on, the floor surface should be wiped with a dry sponge to prevent any pooling of the sealant. Pooling or bubbling of the sealant can lead to discoloration. Following the initial deep sealant application, a surface barrier sealer should be applied. The sealer can stop liquids from staining the floor tiles by creating a clear, sometimes glossy, top coat. The surface sealant should be replaced at least every year and more often if the shiny sheen is to be maintained.
Cleaning Travertine Floor Tiles
Travertine floor tiles should be swept or vacuumed regularly to keep dirt and other grainy materials from scratching the surface. The tiles should be cleaned gently with non-abrasive and non-acidic cleaners. If an acidic cleaner is used, a chemical reaction can occur, causing discoloration of the tile. The best option is to use plain warm water, applied with a mop that has been wrung out. Excessive water can seep down into the pores or grout and degrade the sealant. Therefore, it is best if the floor is only slightly dampened.
If a stronger cleaner is needed, there are a couple of options:
- A tablespoon of mild dish soap can be added to the water, but the floor will need to be cleaned a second time with plain water to rinse the soap residue away.
- When mixed with water, hydrogen peroxide can help get rid of pet stains and odors as well as mold and discolorations.
- One half cup of isopropyl alcohol mixed with a quart of water can remove stains and residue.
When this type of deep cleaning occurs, the surface sealant should be reapplied to the floor tiles. Furthermore, using a towel to remove excess liquid is also a good idea. If the grout needs to be cleaned, a paste of water and baking soda can be used with a small brush.
With proper care, travertine floor tiles can remain beautiful for decades. For more information on travertine or our other fine marble and limestone products quarried in Turkey, contact Stoneworks Wholesaling at (610) 584-6081.