DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum

DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum (http://www.houserepairtalk.com/forum.php)
-   Flooring (http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f13/)
-   -   Is it bad to clean travertine too much? (http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f13/bad-clean-travertine-too-much-13651/)

bellbound 03-25-2012 11:55 AM

Is it bad to clean travertine too much?
 
We have lots of travertine in our house and we have been using dish washing soap and water to clean it twice a week. Is this bad to do too much?

Thanks.

CallMeVilla 03-31-2012 02:33 PM

Hope you sealed the travertine when it was forst installed. You will need to renew the sealant at least every 6 months. Not cheap but it will prevent ugly stains and discolorations from "setting" into the porous stone.

bellbound 04-01-2012 11:47 PM

The travertine was installed about 6 yrs ago. I just had it professionally sealed about 3 months ago. Will washing it with dishwashing soap every week wear it down sooner?

Jaz 04-02-2012 02:33 PM

Dishwashing detergent might be one of the worst cleaner to use. Not because it'll wear the stone, but because it produces too many suds and will leave a dulling film. Find a cleaner that is intended for stone, it'll also have the right ph so no damage.

Jaz

CallMeVilla 04-04-2012 04:51 PM

Great advice Jaz. Most people do not realize travertine is a kind of marble stone. Unlike procelain or ceramic, it is porous and subject to damage from what gets spilled on it.

tilemandan 04-24-2012 07:07 PM

You need to use a neutral cleaner, stonetech makes a product called klenzall, this will clean your stone, you will then want to seal the stone at least once a year for maximum protection


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:30 PM.