How to Disinfect Travertine


Travertine is a sedimentary rock commonly used in the construction of flooring, patio tiles and counter tops. Proper care of your Travertine is important to prevent it from becoming dull and dirty. Using certain chemicals to clean the rock can cause stains, spotting and fading, however: the best way to clean your Travertine tiles is with natural products.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Mop
  • Cloth

White Vinegar

  • Put straight white vinegar in a sprayer bottle or in a mop bucket.

  • Use white vinegar in the sprayer bottle on Travertine counter top surfaces or use a mop to coat the floor to disinfect. Use as much as needed.

  • Apply white vinegar with a course cloth rag instead of a spray bottle or to more closely control the amount of vinegar applied to the surface.

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Mix a solution of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water in a 2-1/2 gallon bucket. The alcohol will kill any germs or bacteria on particles left behind in the pores of the stone.

  • Test a sample area first to be sure your material is not discolored by this method.

  • Use a cloth rag or mop and apply directly to the surface area.


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