Travertine Care

Travertine is a highly durable stone used in construction for thousands of years. This environmentally friendly stone has been a staple throughout the ages in historical buildings and is available in a beautiful array of earthy tones and shades. It can withstand extreme temperatures, and its antique look will lend the image of historical prestige to any space.
  • Use a soft, dry dust mop to remove dirt and debris from the surface daily.
  • For more thorough cleaning, use a non-acidic cleaner that is made specifically for natural stone. Make sure that the cleaner is non-acidic, as acidic cleaners can stain or discolor the stone. Rinse the area after applying the cleanser and pat dry with a soft towel.
  • Always place hot objects, cups, or dishes on coasters or trivets when placing them on the surface.
  • Do not place sharp objects on the surface.

Travertine can suffer from a variety of stains. Please follow the instructions below to remove the various types.

  • To remove oil-based stains, first, remove any remnants of the staining agent from the surface. Then use a cloth and soft liquid stone cleaner on the stained area. Do not apply directly to the stain. Next, place a cloth with the cleaner applied to it on top of the stain. Allow it to sit there for a few minutes to absorb the stain. You can use mineral spirits, alkaline degreaser, or household detergent to clean the stains.
  • To remove water stains, use dry steel wool with a grade of 0000.
  • To remove organic substance stains, which are generally a pinkish brown color, use a cleaning formula to remove the stain if the piece is indoors. If the stained item is outside, remove the stain source and allow sunlight or rain to bleach the travertine naturally.
  • To remove paint stains, scrape off the stain with a sharp object. If the stain covers a large area, use a liquid paint stripper.
  • To remove ink stains, use hydrogen peroxide or bleach for stone with light shades; and acetone or lacquer thinner for dark shades. Use a cloth to draw out the stain but do not pour the removing agent directly on the stain.
  • To remove etch marks, wet the area with water after you remove the acid from the surface. Then use a marble polishing powder on the affected area by rubbing it with a polisher or buffing pad.