When learning how to clean travertine floors, follow these very simple steps to keep your floors looking great and looking new. You will find protecting your floors can be tricky business if you're not careful. Travertine is very susceptible to wear and tear, and as such, needs to be cared for properly.
Travertine, by nature is a soft material, lending itself beautifully to the crumbling elegance of historical buildings such as the Coliseum. What a coupe it would be to have the very same theatrical elegance in your very home. Once installed, the key to keeping your stone flooring looking opulent is by caring for your travertine properly by following a simple daily and weekly cleaning regimen.
If you are wondering how to clean travertine floors on your own, you would want to start off by dusting or using a cloth to remove pet hair, dirt, and rocks that you might trail in from the outside. All of these things can damage the finish of your flooring, therefore is extremely important to remove this debris frequently.
Another way to prevent debris from entering your home is to put down mats or a pretty rug at the entrance of your home and at any door leading to the outside. You would also want to make sure that when people come into your home they remove their shoes eliminating them from tracking dust, dirt and debris inside your home and scuffing up your floors.
The next step in keeping your travertine floor looking like new is to use a neutralized cleaner especially created for natural stone, that you can either pick up at your local hardware store, or you can get from the contractor that installed your flooring. Abrasive cleaning products can damage the natural stone tile and ruin whatever finish was on them to protect them.
If you aren't able to obtain the neutralize cleaner you can take a little bit of liquidity dishwashing detergent and mix it with warm water and use that solution to clean your floors. But, no matter what you use be sure not to put too much cleaner into the water. Doing so can create a film over the floor and will make it looked worn and dull.
Should you accidentally use abrasive cleaner, or a product containing bleach, you will definitely need to seek professional help. The damage done by these cleaners cannot be scrubbed away. It would be a travesty to mar the beauty of your floor with these cleaners.
Learning how to clean travertine tiles takes a bit of extra time but most consumers quickly learn what is the proper procedure and they are able to enjoy their stone tiles for many decades.