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Cleaning Your Travertine Shower

Do you have a travertine shower and are looking for tips on how to clean it?

Travertine is one of the most versatile and unique natural stones on earth. The Romans used it to build many of their structures, including the Colosseum, the largest travertine building on earth. Travertine is used on facades, wall claddings, fireplace surrounds, floors and in showers.

Because travertine is essentially made from water, naturally created by hard water deposits, it’s great for a wet environment like a bathroom shower. Travertine is a type of limestone, but differs from other forms in that it is formed in hot springs called karst.

However, because travertine is a porous natural stone, it does require regular maintenance to keep it looking clean and preventing mildew from forming.  To clean, use only hot water and a stone cleaner recommended by your local stone professional. Do not use store-bought shower cleaners as they may contain acids that will etch your travertine. The same goes for vinegar, ammonia or any citrus-based cleansers.

Cleaning Mold & Mildew

Bathrooms are a haven for mold and mildew and even the most diligent cleaning routines may not be able to stop it from forming. To kill off mold and mildew and keep your investment looking its best, travertine can be cleaned with a peroxide-based product like Oxiclean, which will not harm the polish on your travertine. Remember, hydrogen peroxide can bleach fabric, so, like bleach, watch your clothes and linens.

If the problem persists, or if you have any questions, give us a call.

This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of Stone and Tile PRO Partners.

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