by Bonnie Roberts
(last updated March 9, 2015)
Travertine tile makes great-looking floors, fireplace surrounds, bathroom features, and backsplashes. If maintained properly, travertine can last forever, but it's not easy to care for. This stone is very delicate, so only certain kinds of cleaners are safe to use. Although stone may be hard, it's also porous. When something seeps down into these pores, it can be very difficult to remove. I'm sure that you have been very careful about protecting your investment. Unfortunately, sometimes stains happen. Here's what to do:
For a particularly stubborn stain, you can make a poultice and allow it to penetrate into the stone. (This won't work for etch marks.) Follow these steps:
Finally, some warnings about what NOT to do when cleaning your travertine:
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