Natural stone floor coverings are increasingly popular flooring options due to their durability and unique beauty. They are also an investment though, coming in at a much higher price than low-end options such as ceramic or carpet. One floor covering that we here at Floor Coverings International of Orange County and Middletown, NY have been getting requests for is travertine tile flooring. If you browse websites such as Houzz, or the home design section of Pinterest, chances are you’ve seen pictures of beautiful and rustic looking travertine floors. But those floors need work to keep them in tiptop shape, and worthy of viral sharing online. That’s why we put together this post with the best ways to preserve the natural beauty of your travertine tile flooring.
Sealing and Filling
They say that the best defense is a good offense, and when it comes to flooring, we agree. Travertine is a naturally porous stone, and can be sold filled or unfilled and sealed or unsealed. The best way to protect your travertine floors is to make sure that they are properly filled and sealed. ‘Filled’ refers to the filling of the porous, tiny holes that are characteristic of travertine. When travertine is filled, that means that the holes have been filled with some sort of epoxy resin or other tile filler in order to keep out moisture and make the tiles less porous. A sealant should also be applied to your travertine floors, and it should be re-applied yearly in order to make sure that your travertine stays resistant to stains and damage. Before sealing your travertine floors, make sure that the surface is completely clean and apply the sealant with a paintbrush, letting the floors dry overnight.
Daily Dos and Don’ts
There are a number of things that you should do on a daily basis to make sure that your travertine remains worthy of Internet fame, and a lifelong investment. First, make sure to wipe up spills and messes immediately, before they have a chance to set in and stain. This is especially true of acidic substances such as coffee, juice, or wine, because travertine is especially sensitive to them. In an ideal world, your travertine floors would get swept everyday in order to keep dust and grit from building up and abrading their surface. If you can’t sweep daily, do it as often as you can. Regularly damp mop your travertine tile floors, especially if you aren’t a daily sweeper, in order to keep them spotless. To protect the surface in high traffic areas, use carpet runners and door mats, but avoid anything with a rubber backing, as it has the potential to discolor your floor.
Cleaning Your Travertine Tile Floors
The first basic rules of cleaning your travertine floors are fairly simple. Don’t use generic or store-brand cleaning supplies, which might etch or damage the travertine, especially if used over time. As we mentioned, travertine is sensitive to acidic substance, so never use cleaners that have lemon, vinegar, or ammonia. Try to buff your floors regular in order to give them a facelift, and if you do choose to vacuum your travertine, be sure to remove the beater bar.
For all your other flooring needs, contact Floor Coverings International of Orange County and Middletown, NY today!