How to Clean a Travertine Tile Backsplash

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Travertine is part of the limestone family of tiling options, commonly found on kitchen backsplashes. The neutral-colored stone adds a simplistic touch of elegance to any kitchen, creating a warm, inviting aspect to the room. Travertine tile is perfect for kitchen backsplashes, as it's heavily resistant to stains and easily wipes clean with a simple homemade cleaning solution. Retail cleaning products are an option but aren't necessary, as an effective cleaning solution can be made from a few ingredients that are most likely already in the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning rag
  • Water
  • Dish detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Dish, optional
  • Spoon, optional
  • Add 2 cups of water to a spray bottle, along with 2 squirts of liquid dish detergent. The detergent works as a mild cleaning agent that breaks up grease and residue without causing damage to the travertine or grout on the backsplash.

  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda, which adds an additional cleaning element to the solution. Twist the lid onto the spray bottle, and shake to combine the ingredients.

  • Spray the solution onto the backsplash, and then wipe clean with a damp cleaning rag. Use as needed to keep the backsplash clean.

  • For hard-to-remove stains, make a baking soda paste. In a dish, add baking soda, and then stir in water until a thick paste forms. Make enough paste to apply a thick layer over the entire stained area.

  • Smear a thick layer of the paste over the stain, and let it sit until dry. When dry, wipe clean with a damp cleaning rag, and the stain should be entirely gone. Repeat if needed.

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