TOP TEN TRAVERTINE TIPS & TOOLS
1. Starting Strong: Travertine quality varies widely based on natural density, amount and depth of fill areas, whether it is filled on both sides, and the number of blemishes from the fabrication process.
2. Vacuum Regularly: Common dirt and debris that we all track into our homes is often 6 – 7 on the Moh’s scale. That’s twice as hard as your travertine, so it’ll easily scratch or etch your stone.
3. Mind the Mop: Only use a swiffer style microfiber mop with limited product, and be sure to rotate the cloths frequently. Wet mopping is one of the largest causes of damage to travertine because of excessive moisture and cross-contamination.
4. Correct Cleaner: Always use a mild, stone-specific cleaner such as Marblelife’sIntercare. Other chemicals can easily etch your travertine.
5. Avoid the Acid: Items like orange juice, wine, some cosmetics, and most tile cleaners will etch travertine immediately, even if it’s sealed properly. If they do happen to spill, blot it promptly to avoid damaging the surrounding area. Then, neutralize and clean the area with Marblelife’s Intercare.
6. Doormats: Use and regularly clean doormats at entrances to protect your travertine from outdoor elements that can etch or dull your stone.
7. Countertop Care: Use coasters under glasses and non-metal trivets or placemats under hot plates to prevent burn marks and discoloration.
8. Felt Pads: Using felt under furniture legs and other metal can prevent scratching and rust.
9. Handle the Holes: Holes will naturally appear in travertine due to the softness of the stone. There are 3 options to address them: grout, traverfill, or custom polyester epoxy.
10. Professional Protection: Travertine should be professionally cleaned and sealed every 1-3 years depending upon traffic. Properly maintaining your stone is significantly less expensive than costly restoration due to deferred maintenance.