If you’ve chosen travertine for your home, then congratulations, you’ve made the right decision! Not only is it one of the most versatile types of natural stone Malta imports – it also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to its surroundings. In order to keep travertine looking pristine and beautiful, it’s important to know how to clean and maintain it properly.
Take a look at some tips on what to do and what not to do when cleaning travertine:
DO: Start with proper sealing
Before and after installing travertine, always ensure that the stone is properly sealed. Since travertine is very porous in nature, it can easily absorb stains, liquids, and mould growth, which can all lead to degradation and discolouration. Applying a sealant of good quality can prevent this from happening and keep your travertine in tip-top shape for years.
DON’T: Compromise on the type of sealant used
A low-quality product can greatly damage the stone, leading to more expense and extra hassle to restore them. Ideally, consult with the manufacturers installing your tiles to get a few recommendations.
DO: Mop the tiles on a regular basis
Use warm water mixed with specialised stone floor cleaner for the best results. When done frequently, a good mopping will keep travertine in top condition by preventing dust or grime from settling into the pores within the stone.
DON’T: Use ammonia or vinegar to clean travertine
Avoid using chemicals like ammonia and vinegar to clean your travertine and stay clear of generic, cheap products. Certain acids or alkali in these chemicals may degrade the sealant, leaving the stone much more vulnerable to damages and staining. Take care not to overly drench or soak the mop in water, as the liquid may infiltrate the pores and cause mould to grow.
DO: Clean up spills immediately
Wine, coffee, and tomato sauce spillage need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Use a poultice to remove any blemishes – this is a paste made by mixing a liquid cleaner together with a white absorbent material. When spread out over the affected area, it draws out the stain over a period of about 24-48 hours. Difficult stains may need two or more applications of paste until they disappear, so it’s highly imperative to use the poultice immediately after the accident.
DON’T: Ignore grout lines when cleaning your floor
Frequently cleaning the grout between your tiles will stop dirt from accumulating. Use water and a brush to clean them, making sure that the grout is in good condition.
Here at the Natural Stone Warehouse we are proud to stock some of the purest travertine Malta has to offer. Not only do we deliver our own products, but we also install them – so feel free to consult our team for any advice regarding cleaning and maintenance.
If you’re looking for providers of natural stone in Malta to beautify your home, look no further than the Natural Stone Warehouse!