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Jun 07

Stockett Staff

How to Care for Your Travertine Floors

by Stockett Staff

Avoid damage to your travertine floors with these tips!

Travertine is a unique and storied stone, once used by ancient Egyptians to line grand passage ways and halls. Modern homeowners covet the material for its unique surface texture and old-world earth tones.

Honed travertine is frequently used for floors, while tumbled travertine is reserved for shower and backsplash areas. Polished travertine can be found on lower traffic areas like kitchen countertops or furniture.

Whether you’re already an owner of travertine floors or are looking to upgrade, make sure to keep these care and damage prevention tips in mind:

Seal the Stone

Before you do anything else, contact your manufacturer and determine if the travertine has been sealed. If they don’t answer, you can conduct a sealer test on your own: fill a small container with water and carefully pour a tiny drop on the floor. If sealed, the water will not be absorbed by the tile. Unsealed travertine will darken.

Sealing travertine is easy—just use a sponge or cotton towel to apply the sealer. You may need to apply multiple coats depending on your tile situation. Allow time for the sealer to dry in between applications. Once the process is over, try not to use the sealed space for at least 24 hours. Reseal every three to five years.

Clean Daily

Allowing spills or stains to pile up over time can ruin travertine forever. Make sure to clean up spills immediately after they happen! Avoid any harsh cleaning fluids—your daily routine should consist of lightly mopping the area and occasionally following up with a stone cleaner. Use soap sparingly—overuse will cause unsightly soap buildup.

Do not use a vacuum unless it is absolutely necessary, since the wheels can scratch the surface. Use a clean dust mop instead.

Respect and Protect

It goes without saying that you need to respect your travertine floors. Just like any other natural stone, travertine can be damaged when exposed to heavy wear and tear. Since dirt and outdoor particles can harm the floors, make use of doormats and carpeting to protect the tile. No need to deal with damage if you stop it from happening in the first place.

Have any questions about other ways to take care of your travertine floors?

Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

For More in our ‘Caring Tips’ Series See:

How to Care for Soapstone

How to Care for Your Slate Floor

How to Care for Your Granite Countertops

How to Keep Your Limestone Floors in Top Shape

5 Tips for Preventing Damage to Your Natural stone

Tips for Caring for a Natural Stone Patio

Caring for Outdoor Granite

How to Take Care of Quartz Countertops

How to Care for Your Marble Countertops