Sunday, 22 January 2017

Cleaning Travertine Floor Tiles Your Simple How To Guide

Cleaning travertine floor tiles is not too difficult, but as with all natural stone, it’s important to understand the characteristics of the material. This article gives you all the information you need to know to clean your travertine the right way. Once you know how to clean travertine, your floor will look beautiful for years to come.

Travertine is a beautiful natural stone that compliments any interior. It is recognised as a being durable ideal for flooring. But it is not as hardwearing as dense stones like granite.


But, travertine does have its sensitivities.

Problems With Etching And Staining

Travertine is mainly composed of calcium-based minerals. The calcium in the stone means that it is sensitive to acids like fruit juice, tea, coffee, vinegar, liquid soap, bathroom cleaning products, which will etch and dull the polish. Marble and limestone suffer from the same problems because they are also calcium-based stones.

The etch damage will show as a dull spot on the tile, which will be very obvious on honed and polished travertine

Travertine is less susceptible to staining from coloured liquids. Most times, staining happens in combination with etching, when a coloured acid attacks the travertine.

For example, if you spill a red fruit juice on your travertine, the acid will etch the surface and open it up, allowing the red stain to penetrate into the surface.

Helpful Travertine CleaningTip

Marble, travertine and limestone are all made from calcium minerals, which means that cleaning and maintenance for all three types of stone are very similar.

Because of the acid sensitivity, we would not recommend using travertine for a kitchen or bathroom worktop, nor as flooring in a high-use kitchen or bathroom.

However, because of its warm, beautiful finish, travertine is mostly used in kitchens and bathrooms, proving that beauty overrides practicality. However, in these situations, it is essential to apply a travertine sealer

Sealing Travertine Floor Tiles

Sealing natural stone is not a difficult task. However, the key to success is using the right sealer at the right time.

If you are concerned about cost, I can assure you that the cost involved with sealing stone is small compared to how well your travertine will look for years to come

Sealing Polished Travertine Tiles

You will come across people on the web who claim that honed and polished travertine is stain-proof and doesn’t need sealing.

This is nonsense…

A good quality sealer makes the floor much easier to clean, and helps prevent soil from binding to the surface of the stone.

Sealing Honed And Tumbled Travertine

Honed and tumbled travertine has a more “open” and porous surface that can absorb soil and stains. So sealing is a must for these stones.

Helpful Tip: Sealing travertine tiles will protect against stains, but not etching. Etching is physical damage which happens when acids dissolve the surface of the stone. At this time impregnating sealers can not prevent etch damage. However, surface sealers will give you more time to remove the spill before it causes damage.

7 Important Travertine Cleaning Tips

By following the cleaning guidelines below will help minimise the chances of damage and help your travertine look beautiful for much longer.

1. Dry mop your travertine floor tiles regularly.

Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop or a microfiber dust mop. You can use a vacuum cleaner, but make sure to use a soft cleaning head because hard, sharp edges on a cleaning head can scratch the travertine.

2. Mop Up Spills As Quickly As Possible

Acidic spills are corrosive to marble floor tiles, and they will quickly cause etch damage. The quicker you clean up any spills, the greater the chance that your marble will not be damaged.

3. Use Travertine Cleaners

Don’t use generic floor cleaners. Many standard floor cleaning products contain ingredients that can damage travertine floor tiles and travertine worktops. They can also weaken and eventually remove sealers, leaving the stone vulnerable to staining and damage from spills.

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.

If you use generic floor cleaners, you will not see the damage they cause immediately. However, over time, your travertine will start to look dull and marked.

4. Use Microfiber Mop

Damp mop your floor regularly with a microfiber floor mop. Microfiber lifts soil off the floor and traps it inside the fibres of the mop, leaving the floor clean and nearly dry. Don’t use a cotton round mop to clean your floors. These old-style mops just move soil over the surface of the floor tiles and leave the dirt in grout lines and crevices.

Steam Cleaners – Should You Use Them On Travertine

It is my opinion as a stone restoration professional that a damp microfiber cleaning mop is much better to use than a steam cleaner. A mop is lighter, more manoeuvrable and gives you greater control over the moisture in the mop head.

5. Maintain The Travertine Sealer

Travertine sealers will eventually break down as s a result of poor cleaning and or wear. So you should “top-up” your sealer in traffic areas every year. Applying a sealer is quite simple if you already have a clean floor.

6. Use Door Mats

Stop dry abrasive soil coming onto your travertine floor. The best way to achieve this is to use dirt trapping mats at the entrance and remove outdoor footwear.

7. Use Furniture Protectors

Moving tables, chairs and other standing furniture will scratch your travertine. So to prevent scratching make sure to use felt protective pads under any furniture. Also, make sure to clean the pads to stop them trapping grit as and soil. You should also use protectors on countertops or worktops.

Travertine has been used as a decorative flooring for centuries. The inmformation contained in this article will help you keep your travertine floors looking beautiful for years to come.

However, if your travertine is in need of professional help call 0800 695 0810 or contact us for a free no-obligation travertine floor cleaning quotation.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Marble Stone Cleaning Leicester

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Information About Travertine Repair

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Check out this video showing how different kinds of Travertine has been used over the ages and the restoration work that can be done. The video is from Travertine Repair and Restoration New Jersey.

If you’re looking for travertine floor restoration here in the UK call 0800 695 0810 and we will be more than happy to help you.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Norwex Cleaning Floor System; Ceramic, Slate, Hardwood, Marble, Linoleum, Laminate & Tile. Order yours MOP today: RUBBER BRUSH: The Norwex dry mop pads employs a static charge that attracts dust to the mop like a magnet. They are excellent for cleaning floors, ceilings, walls, ceiling fans and high windows. The pads are statically charged attracting dirt, dust, pet hair, crumbs and micro particles like a silent vacuum cleaner.
Dust from outside can enter your home in many ways. Generally, the less dust you have in your home, the fewer allergens you will also be exposed to.

Dust is often produced inside the house by:
* Dead skin cells
* Food and plant fibers
* Pet dander and hair
* Dust mite feces and dead dust mites
Routinely dry mopping will minimize the amount of dust on your floors that could be picked up by airflow and carried to all other surfaces.

Attach the Mop Pad to the Velcro an the aluminum base

Adjust the handle to your preferred height ~ turn to the right to tighten, to the left to loosen.

Start by dusting the edges from the furthest point in the room back toward the exit or door, then move the Dry Mop in a figure 8 pattern keeping the leading edge of the mop forward at all times. This will keep all the dust collected on the same side of the mop. Cleaning with a "push-pull" of the mop can result in the mop base flipping over and potentially scratching a surface.

When you have finished, brush the collected dust and hair out of the mop using the Rubber Brush and pick up all the dust with your dust pan and broom (or simply brush the dirt from the Dry Mop head directly into the garbage can). Launder in washing machine.


Always dry mop the floor first using our Dry Mop Pads.

Moisten the microfiber Wet Mop Pad under running tap water. Wring out well by hand before attaching it to the aluminum base.

Start by mopping around the edges from the furthest point and mop toward the door keeping the leading edge of the mop forward at all times. Spray more water with a Norwex Spray Bottle if necessary.

* For Laminate and hardwood flooring, always go with the grain
* Putting excess water on mop pads can result in streaks on flooring

Rinse the Mop Pad in the sink, if necessary, however you will be surprised to see that one mop head will clean your entire floor. When finished, simply hang to dry. Launder when necessary.
Advantages of the Norwex Mop:
* No pails
* Use water and a spray bottle
* Mop lifts and traps dirt & debris
* Floor dries very quickly
* Tall, telescopic adjustable handle - no bending!
* No toxic chemicals
* Saves time
Norwex Cleaning Floor System; Ceramic, Slate, Hardwood, Marble, Linoleum, Laminate & Tile.

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Stone Restoration – Water Spot Removal Tips – Marble – Limestone – Pebble Beach, Carmel, Monterey CA

We remove water spots.

Learn how to remove water spots from your stone countertops, shower stalls, floors, etc. Works with marble cleaning and limestone cleaning and sealing.

Learn from the stone experts: CL Frost Inc serving the Monterey CA area. We remove water spots, clean and seal your stone finishes.

We use the best cleaners and sealers to create a beautiful shine!.

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Remove Spots or Stains From Polished Marble in 3 Minutes

It is imperative to remove stains, water spots, or other discoloration in your polished marble using the proper technique and products.

Kevin Ressler of Marble Kare Products Demonstrates in just a 3 minutes how to effectively use the MK Spot Removal Kit to get rid of even the hardest spot or stain from your polished marble countertops or floors.

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Remove Spots or Stains From Polished Marble in 3 Minutes

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