Travertine, granite, and marble bring a majestic beauty to your home that doesn’t quite compare to other types of flooring. However to keep up with its luster, it calls for consistent maintenance. The porous travertine is made of calcium carbonate which should have been sealed prior to interior and exterior use. If it was not, then it is vulnerable to scratching, staining and damage by acidity. Travertine and other natural stones do require a special cleaning solution.
Here is your do not do list:
- No vinegar, acid-based cleaners
- No citrus oils, fruit drinks, acne cream
- No standing water for long periods of time
- No direct heat on stone surfaces
The picture above shows years of build up that created a layer of crystalized dirt and debris. Mopping helped with the build up that distributed the dirt. A safe and eco-friendly cleaning solution was successful in delivering beautiful results. (see the right side of the picture)
Take a look at the marble below. The proper use of equipment and knowing the chemistry of solutions are needed when polishing marble. The bottom line to cleaning natural stone is to effectively bring out its natural beauty and longevity!