How to maintain and wash travertine stone


How to maintain and wash travertine stone

What you will read in the article about how to wash travertine stone:

  • Care and washing of travertine stone in the interior
  • Care and washing of travertine stone in the exterior and façade
  • Types of stains and how to clean travertine stone
    • Oil stains
    • Ink sources
    • Water spots and rings
    • Food stains
    • Stains from travertine dander

Travertine stone will add beauty to your home for a long time if properly cared for. But if you want your floor stone, cabinet top and bathroom to last a long time and maintain its beauty, it is necessary to learn some tips for maintaining and washing travertine stone. It should be noted that travertine stone is sensitive to chemicals and surface explosions. Therefore, to clean travertine stone, it is better to use soft and neutral methods and avoid using strong chemicals. Also, before using any type of cleaning agent, test it on a small area of the stone and make sure that the cleaning agent will not damage the stone.
In the following, we will examine how to clean travertine stone in indoor and outdoor environments and teach you how to remove any stain from the stone. 

Maintain and washing of travertine stone in the interior

In general, there are two types of travertine stone finishing and processing, which are mostly used in the interior. Honed travertine stone, which in this process, the surface of the stone is relatively matte and has little light reflection. and polished or polished travertine, which has a very polished surface and reflects a lot of light.
To clean these two types of travertine stone surfaces, you can first clean the dust with a napkin or a dry cloth, then clean other impurities with plain water or a wet napkin. Note that the use of acidic detergents is not recommended at all.
It is better to use cleaners without soap, because soap can leave stains and streaks on the stone and make the stone cloudy. If using soapy materials, it is better to make a diluted solution and after cleaning with this solution, rinse the stone completely with hot water.
Also, strictly avoid using the dishwashing wire or any other rough tool because it causes the shine of stone to become cloudy and disappear.

Maintain and washing of travertine stone in exterior and façade

To clean the façade of the building, different factors should be considered. For example, the amount of humidity in the area and the type of pollution should be taken into account.
Cleaning the façade of the travertine building can be done according to the factors mentioned below:

  • Washing with water
  • Washing with chemicals

The best and easiest way to wash travertine stone is with water pressure or steam, which is the safest method and causes the least damage to the façade. Using chemicals to remove paint, hard stains, advertising labels can be effective, but note that this method cannot be used for the entire façade of the building.

Types of stains and how to wash travertine stone

It is possible to remove most of the surface stains by using a suitable household cleaner or commercial products for washing travertine stone. But the first step for this is to identify the type of stain. Once you determine the type of stain, you can easily remove it.

  • Oil stains:

Any type of product that contains oil can cause oil stains on the stone and darken it. To remove the oil stain, first remove the oily substance with a cloth napkin, then remove the stain using a napkin and special cleaners such as alkaline degreaser or household detergents. Be careful not to pour the detergent directly onto the stain as it may cause it to dilute and penetrate further into the stone.

  • Ink stains:

If the color of the travertine stone is light, clean it with bleach (Vitex) and for dark travertine stones, use acetone or lacquer thinner. Be careful not to use detergent directly on the stain.

  • Water spots and rings:

Pouring water and drying it on the travertine stone causes water stains. Use a very soft dishwashing wire to clean this stain.

  • Food stains:

Any type of stain from tea, coffee, fruit juice, acidic food causes stains on travertine stone. Remove these stains using detergents available in the market or homemade cleaners that you can make yourself.
To prepare this cleaner, mix 12% hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of ammonia and put it on the stains and immediately wipe it with a tissue.

  • Stains from travertine dander:

Rock scale is a kind of deposit of mineral salts inside the stone, which is transferred to the surface of the stone by water and remains on it when the water evaporates. If the stone is newly covered with dandruff, it is enough to vacuum the surface of the stone and keep it dry. But if the problem is permanent, you should seek help from experts in this field.


Travertine stones are natural stones with high resistance in weather and atmospheric conditions. Travertine stone is one of the suitable choices for use in outdoor spaces. In the end, it is necessary to draw your attention again to the fact that you should not use strong and acidic detergents for natural stones. You can also give your stone beauty and shine by re-sanding after a few years.

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