Travertine is a popular choice for flooring, roofing, backsplashes and kitchen counters. Travertine is not just durable, but it also has excellent thermal and soundproof properties which makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications.
While travertine is quite a pliant and resilient natural stone, it is not entirely immune to damages by natural and non-natural causes such as weather conditions, frequent wear and tears as well as constant footfall. Therefore, you need regular taking care of it to maintain an impeccable appearance.
How Does Travertine Get Damaged?
Some of the travertine impregnators include bacteria, UV exposure, chemicals as well as mould and mildew. Therefore, you must repel water, oil, grout, mortar and bacteria at all times. Similarly, protect travertine surfaces from etching, staining, scratching, mineral deposits and grime build-up overtime.
Tips for Stain Removal
Oil-based stains on travertine can be formed by cooking oil, grease, tar and cosmetics. Clean oil-based stains with a soft liquid cleaner including household detergents, ammonia, mineral spirits or acetone. For organic stains left by coffee, tea, fruit juice, tobacco or urine, mix 12% hydrogen peroxide with just a few drops of ammonia to make your homemade cleaning formula.
Travertine Honing and Polishing
Besides daily care and maintenance, travertine surfaces will need deep cleaning, honing and polishing in between intervals to address any significant damage and spoilage to the stone. These processes will require the assistance of professional technicians and specialized equipment such as vapour steamers and high-speed scrubbing machines.