How to Clean a Travertine Tile Backsplash

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

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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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