How to Clean Algae From My Travertine Tile

Algae is a common sight on rocks near bodies of water.
Algae is a common sight on rocks near bodies of water. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A natural stone, tiles made with travertine can develop algae growth, which will stain and damage the tiles. Even though travertine will last for years with the proper care and cleaning, common household cleaners used to remove algae -- such as bleach -- can scratch the stone doing more harm than good. Fortunately, not all hope is lost and you can use a few inexpensive items to safely remove the algae and restore the look of the travertine.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Soft cloth
  • Plastic bucket
  • 3-percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Lint-free towel

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Put on rubber gloves. Brush the surface algae off the tile with a soft cloth.

Pour 1 gallon of cool water in a plastic bucket. Add 1/2 cup of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and stir with a spoon for several seconds. Alternatively, use 1/2 cup of clear ammonia.

Dip a soft-bristled scrub brush in the diluted hydrogen peroxide. Scrub the remaining algae off the stone gently with the damp scrub brush.

Rinse the mixture off the travertine with a lint-free cloth dampened in cool water. Wipe the stone dry with a lint-free towel.


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