Travertine is a porous stone in the same family as limestone, prized for its broad range of shades and its versatility. Because it is porous, travertine is vulnerable to stains, which are hard to remove but are preventable. Sealing travertine bi-annually and keeping it clean daily will prevent a costly stain removal job which most stone craftsman will not guarantee in the future. The sealer also keeps the grout between the tiles clean and stain-free.
Things You'll Need
- Dust mop or vacuum cleaner without a beater bar
- Clean mop and bucket of water
- Neutral (non-oil-based) stone cleaner (purchase at stone dealer or home center)
- Penetrating stone sealer (purchase at stone dealer or home center)
- Clean rags or towels
Dust mop or vacuum the floor to pick up any loose dirt, hair or dust caught in the natural pits in the stone or the grout. Be sure your vacuum does not have a beater bar, or it may damage the stone.
Damp mop the area with stone cleaner, according to the manufacturer's directions. Rinse the area with clean water, without over-saturating the area.
Allow the floor to dry completely before you can seal, approximately 24 hours.
Choose between an impregnating sealer, which penetrates below the surface of the stone but does not change its appearance, and a topical sealer, which remains on the surface of the stone and may change its appearance. You can even buy certain sealers to enhance the colors of your travertine.
Determine from the container labeling (or ask the dealer) whether your sealer is solvent- or water-borne. If it is solvent-borne, it can be wiped on and the excess wiped off. Excess water-borne sealer must be carefully removed, or it will bond to the stone and leave a dull, hazy residue that's hard to remove.
Apply sealer to your stone and grout by putting it onto a soft towel and wiping it into the surface. Allow it to penetrate for 5 to 10 minutes. Wipe the excess off with a clean towel. Let it dry for two hours.
Sprinkle a few droplets of water on the surface after 24 hours.. If they bead up, you're done. If not, apply another coat.
- Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
How to Clean, Polish, Strip & Seal Travertine Floors
Travertine is porous limestone, and should be cleaned and polished regularly. It should be sealed every two years to prevent staining. Because...
How to Seal Travertine Tile
Consider using travertine stone throughout your home, inside and out. For a formal look, polish the travertine smooth and ensure that all...
How to Clean Travertine Floors
Travertine is a type of limestone that forms when calcium carbonate separates from water during evaporation. It's formed in areas where there's...
How to Clean Travertine Tile Floors
Travertine tile has a long history that dates back to the ancient Greeks. It's a natural stone, similar to limestone, that takes...
How to Seal Travertine Showers
Travertine stone is a natural material similar to limestone. As such it is porous and prone to etching from acidic substances. In...
The Best Way to Grout Travertine
Unlike ceramic or other stone tiles, travertine tile is porous, so much so that you can often see holes in the surface....
Cleaning Products for Travertine Tile
Travertine is a stone similar to marble that is cut into tiles and laid into countertops, or, more commonly, floors. All stone...
Travertine Tile Sealing Procedures
Originally imported from Turkey, travertine is a natural stone that comes in shades of off-white, gold and brown. It is most often...