Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Travertine Tiles
Travertine is a sedimentary rock deposited by mineral springs and is a form of Limestone. Travertine is sometimes known as travertine limestone or, incorrectly, travertine marble.
A Travertine Tile is typically characterised by naturally occurring surface holes and fissures in its surface. Some installers use a grout to fill the holes (“filled”), whereas others leave them open (“unfilled”).
The relative softness of the stone, combined with its surface holes and troughs, can make travertine flooring difficult to clean and maintain. As a result Travertine Tiles may suggest signs of considerable wear and tear over time.
Cleaning Travertine Tiles
Travertine Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these may damage the surface of the tile. Likewise, abrasive cleaners should be avoided as they may damage / scratch the tile face. Tiles with a rough or textured surface may benefit from the use of a doodlebug rather than a mop for a more effective clean.
Common Cleaning Mistakes
Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).
Sealing Travertine Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Travertine Tiles & Grout…
Sealing of Travertine Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Travertine Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life!
Sealing your Travertine tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills and so forth. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant and can provide a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours.
At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Travertine Tiles and grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Grout is a porous product and should always be sealed.
Once discoloured, regrouting is the best option for renewing grout between porous tiles.