Your new home is finally complete. If you chose travertine tile for your kitchen flooring, you're going to want to make sure you give it the care and attention it needs. Natural stone floors, like travertine tiles, are a beautiful addition to any home. Before you pick up a mop, you should know that your travertine tile will require special handling when it comes to cleaning and protecting it. Here are three tips to help you care for your new floor.
Keep it Dusted
The natural edges that make natural stone flooring so uniquely beautiful are the same edges that can attract dirt, dust and pet hair. To keep your floor looking its best, you should give it a light dust mopping once a day. A microfiber dust mop will remove all the dirt, dust and pet hair, leaving your travertine tile looking shiny and new. Removing those particles will also keep your tile from developing scratches in the surface.
Clean with Care
In addition to the light dust mopping, your travertine tile will also need to be damp cleaned at least once a week. However, unlike most flooring, your travertine tile should not be wet-mopped. Instead, you should fill a spray bottle with water and add a neutral cleaner – such as castile soap. Spritz the floor with your cleaner and then mop the area with a microfiber mop. The microfiber mop will remove dirt and residue, leaving your floor clean and residue-free. For best results, use a clean microfiber towel to dry your tile. This will prevent a soapy build-up from forming on the tile.
If you're going to have furniture on your travertine tile, you should take care to prevent scratches and gouges. Place felt sliders on the bottom of all your furniture and appliances to keep them from scratching your tile. It's particularly important for you to place sliders on furniture that will be moved quite often – such as dining room chairs. For refrigerators, you should consider installing appliance wheels. This will ensure easy-access for cleaning while still protecting your travertine tile.
If you have natural stone tiles in your home, they're going to require special care to keep them looking new. The tips provided here will help you care for your new travertine tile. For more helpful tips on how to care for your new floor, be sure to speak to a company like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc.