Travertine Stone Floor Cleaning & Sealing | Cave Creek | Phoenix AZ

Travertine Stone Floor Cleaning & Sealing | Cave Creek | Phoenix AZ

Cleaning Travertine:  Don'ts 

Use the following Don'ts to learn how to clean travertine, help you avoid bad habits and establish a safe method for travertine maintenance.

Travertine Stone Floor Cleaning & Sealing | Cave Creek | Phoenix AZ

Don't: Use generic, store-bought cleaning products of ANY kind. Cleaning travertine with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can etch or damage the countertop or tile surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining. 

It may not happen right away and trying to save money by using cheap, generic surface cleaners only ensures that you'll spend a lot  more time and money on your travertine care in the long-run performing expensive repairs or travertine restoration.

Don't: Use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange for cleaning travertine.  As noted above, a sponge with hot water and a stone cleaner are the only agents to use. 

Don't: Use a generic bathroom, tub & tile or grout cleaner. The powders and even the "soft" creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull the surface.

Use only products specially formulated for cleaning travertine like the STONE CARE products recommended.

Don't: Sit or stand on your countertops. Unlike laminate countertops, travertine countertops are not flexible and they DO NOT have a plywood backing, so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.

Don't: Place toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.  Hair products, toothpaste, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, lotions, and potions may stain or damage the surface or etch the finish leaving a dull spot or ring. Protect your countertop by placing these products on a decorative tray like they do in fancy hotels! 

Consider the Roman Colosseum

OK. I know it  seems like there is a lot to do and know about cleaning travertine, but if you think about it most of the Do’s and Don’ts are things you already do and don't do! And the new tips you’ve learned about how to clean travertine are really very easy. 

The Roman Colosseum is made of travertine, so we know it is durable. Plus, travertine can be repaired or restored in most cases when damaged. 

The best advice is to get a separate cleaning tote for your travertine cleaning products and the products you use on other surface types you may have . . . such as granite, quartz or Corian.   

Label everything and off you go--no problems or guesswork. This is especially handy if you use a cleaning service. You’ll never have to worry that you or the maid might accidentally use the wrong product. Cleaning travertine is simply a matter of routine. 

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