Cleaning and Protecting a Travertine Floor
Today, travertine is a relatively common flooring in the luxury residential space. In order to best understand cleaning and protecting a travertine floor, let’s first learn a little about it geologically. We have previously discussed travertine in this space and said that it is a “sedimentary rock which is one of the three major groups that also includes igneous and metamorphic stones.”
After the science, let’s think about more anecdotal appraisals. Travertine is usually light to medium in its color value. It will usually have voids or holes that many times have been filled at some point between when it was quarried and when your floor was finished. Most commonly, this stone is sold and installed in a polished or a honed finished.
Here are few tips on cleaning and protecting your travertine:
- Learn…… about your floor or top!
As a lay person, make sure that you really have a travertine floor/top and not another stone that looks similarly. Determine from the builder, designer, or installer whether it has been sealed or not.
- Seal the stone!
If for some reason, the material has not been sealed then by all means have it sealed. But first determine if you should use a water based “top dressing” type of sealer or a more “penetrating” oil based sealer. Also, decide if you want the sealer to add or detract from the gloss level. It is easiest to consult a professional on these details.
- Clean up!
Heavily sealed, lightly sealed or not sealed at all you cannot expect sealing to stop all staining. So clean up spills and “drops” as fast as possible. Red wine, ketchup, olive oils, mustard…they are not your friends. Wipe them up ASAP!
- Mop…dry and wet!
This ancient product is best served by consistent dry mopping and weekly wet mopping . The vacuum cleaner is not as effective and can even chip or gouge the floor. When wet mopping, keep the water clean so you are not simply moving the dirt around.
- Cover up!
In all truth, it makes a tremendous amount of sense to make use of rugs on your floor. For example, a fashion forward rug treatment at an entry way or in a hall can be both a practical idea and a design focal point.
Well folks…thanks for stopping by and reading. This post is meant to be a simple primer to help you understand a process. For more depth, Marble Systems has locations across America and also in Puerto Rico. For more information on this or any stone and tile topic stop in to one of them for a visit.