Travertine Floor Cleaner
Professional travertine floor cleaner covering Bromley & Chislehurst Dartford & Bexley Sidcup & Orpington Beckenham, Biggin Hill and Croydon
Travertine is a natural stone material from the limestone family. It is made of calcium carbonate and is usually found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs. It was frequently used in ancient times as a building material.
Because travertine is such a porous material, it should be sealed before use in construction or renovation projects. It is most commonly used for countertops and flooring, but may also be used in showers and tub surrounds as well as in exterior decor.
One might think that since stone can withstand the ravages of weather and outdoor elements, it is unlikely to be damaged when used in the home. Aside from its obvious beauty, durability is one of the elements that lead people to choose natural stone for home building and home improvement projects.
The truth is that unpolished travertine is highly susceptible to heat, scratching, staining and acidity, including citric acid, so it should only be cleaned with special products designed for use on natural stone.
Travertine tiles should be professionally cleaned and either sealed with an impregnator sealer and can be finished with a mid to High gloss finish.
We have found over the years when cleaning travertine using a really abrasive pad works best either a black nylon stripping pad or diamond pad attached to a rotary scrubber. This tends to cut back the top surface of the clay in most cases restoring it to a near new condition.
We then rinse the tiles using the Truck Mounted cleaning system with a Turbo Hybrid interior pressure washer tool. This sucks away what we call the slurry which is made up of clay, soil and chemical. Further detailing is performed on the grout lines by hand and nylon brushes, then the tiles are left to dry overnight.
Next day we return to seal and or polish the floor depending on your requirements this process can take anywhere around the 3 hour mark depending on the porousness of the tiles and the size of the floor in question
Pictures of our work
Travertine Floor – cleaned and sealed