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Travertine is very popular in Arizona homes.

You will find it on the floors through out the home, as a back splash in kitchens and bathrooms, and even for shower floors and walls.

Travertine can have a hone-finished or a polished-finish. Honed stone has a satin smooth surface with little light reflection, and a Polished finish has a high gloss, reflects light and also accentuates the color and stone markings. Honed travertine is commonly found in high traffic areas such as floors, and thresholds. The honed finish doesn’t show scratches as much as the Polished. Polished stone is found on flooring too, but mostly on counter tops, walls, tables, and furniture.


Before deciding on Travertine, you need to know the proper care techniques.

  • Dust mop daily
  • Vacuum 1 a week
  • Damp Mop with a neutral PH Cleaner
  • Never use vinegar, ammonia or other acidic cleaner
  • Dry with a microfiber mop
  • Do Not use a wax base cleaner
  • Professionally hone, seal and polish as needed.

Travertine can be dry mopped or dust mopped daily. We advise vacuuming the tile floor weekly with a tile canister vacuum that has a soft brush lip on the head of the wand. Never us a vacuum with a beater bar on your tile, only use those on carpet. The Eureka BOSS canister Vacuum is what we recommend. This will suck up the dirt, dust and debris that is so popular in our desert climate. Whereas sweeping is just moving the dirt around, not picking it up. Sweeping also pushes the dirt into the grout area where it settles and eventually darkens the grout lines.

Because travertine is considered a marble and comes from the limestone family, you should never use an acid or chemical cleaner. It can etch, discolor and dull the stones surface. This includes vinegar. Vinegar is used a lot as a green cleaner, however it is an acid and should not be used on any natural stone. You should use a PH neutral cleaner that you can find at your local home store like Home Depot or Lowes. We suggest using Basic H by Shaklee. A few drops in a bucket of water will do the trick. We use a cotton string mop, but you must wring out very well before mopping. You don’t want to leave puddles of water on travertine or the hard water deposits will remain on the tile after the water evaporates. Using too much water will also leave a streaky floor. To dry we recommend using a micro fiber dry mop over the floor to soak up any left over water so that you don’t have water spots left behind.

Maintaining the Finish on Travertine

Travertine tiles may need to be periodically honed or polished to maintain their finish. Regular cleaning, polishing, honing and maintenance requirements of travertine are just what home owners have to deal with if they want travertine floors.

Depending on the look you desire from your travertine there are various types of matte or glossy polishing options available.  Polishing or honing travertine is a difficult task and should only be done by trained professionals with the right equipment. Cleaning and restoring travertine tile can be a difficult and laborious task. Even with the proper techniques it can still take a long time to complete and not look as clean as you wanted. You may want to hire a professional tile and grout cleaning and restoration contractor to clean your travertine tiles for you.

3d Home Services offers professional carpet cleaning and tile and grout cleaning to residents of Surprise, Sun City, Phoenix and surrounding cities. Give us a Call or Email for a free quote. 602-403-6893.