Travertine Cleaning

Travertine cleaning is the process used to clean stone and grout to new

Travertine Cleaning is the process used to remove dirt, grit and grime from the grout lines.  The Travertine tiles are also cleaned, but more so when we diamond hone the travertine surface.  We use special cleaners designed to emulsify grease and the buildup of dirt in the pours of the Travertine and grout lines.  Typically, our Travertine cleaning process can restore the grout to look 80 - 98% as good as new.  Several factors will play into our ability to restore the grout.   When 99% or better results are desired, the grout may be stained with an epoxy grout stain.  The epoxy grout stain is a great permanent option. 

 Here are some possible factors that can affect your grout from coming as clean as new:

  • Travertine floors are normally installed with non-sanded grout.  However, more often we see a sanded grout used.   Sanded grout is a more pours type of grout, which can allow stains to travel deeper.  
  • If the Travertine was sealed properly at the time of installation, the cleaning results will be closer to 95% or better.   Proper sealing of Travertine consists of using water or oil based penetrating sealer with full penetration.
  • Improper sealers include floor finishes with high or low sheen.  These products typically are moped on and create a layer or coating over the floor.  These floor finishes are also called floor wax.   These products may help the appearance of the floor for a few months.  However, dirt, scuffs and scratches will quickly accumulate in the finish.  (These finishes will require stripping with a floor stripper before the cleaning of the grout can be completed.) 
  • Cracks in the floor or grout can cause the grout to appear dirty.  Many cracks will run along the grout lines and remain hidden until the Travertine cleaning is completed.  Since cracks are dark or black in appearance, the cracks will match the color of the dirty grout.  (Cracks can be repaired by adding a grout caulk or removing old grout in effected area and regrouting.  Note that grout caulk can allow for some expansion in the grout joint.)
  • Improper grouting at the time of installation.  We do not see this very often.  However, it does happen.  Here are two random examples.  1) While working in a home in the W Hotel at WDallasVictory.com, a grout was installed less than the required depth need to achieve a bond.  2) In Southlake, working on a 2,000 sq ft floor, there were about 12 tiles replaced throughout the floors.  The replaced tiles were grouted with a dark grout to match the dirty grout.  After cleaning the floors, the replaced tiles were an eyesore and required staining.        

Travertine Care Guide

Quick Tips:

  • Dust Mop frequently.  Dust and grit are the number one reason a floor begins to look dirty.
  • Damp Mop routinely with less soap and clean water.  (Normally 1-2 ounces of cleaner per gallon of water)
  • Spot Clean with a marble cleaner for immediate spills.

Did you know?

  • Vinegar and other acid cleaners damage the surface of the stone.
  • Topical sealers (wax, mop n glow, floor shine products) last 1-6 months and must be stripped to restore floors.
  • Impregnating sealers are great at repelling oil and water.  But they are only oil and water resistant.  Application effects performance.
  • Sealers will not prevent scratches, acid burns (etching), rusting.  Sealers will keep these effects at the surface of the stone, but cannot prevent.  

Preventative Tips:

  • Place walk off mats at all entrances.  Routinely clean mats to ensure they are effective.
  • Use protective pads on moving furniture.  Furniture that moves frequently tends to wear scratches and holes into stone quickly.
  • Ensure area rugs and mats can breathe.  Folding a rug over for a couple hours a month can prevent rug stains later.
  • Do not set acidic drinks (wine, coke, juices) on Travertine surfaces.

 

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