Going Green: How to Clean a Travertine Shower Going Green: How to Clean a Travertine Shower

If you have a travertine shower that you wish to keep clean in a eco-friendly manner, the following tips will guide you toward cleaning products that will damage neither the travertine nor the environment.

Because travertine is an alkaline-based natural stone you should never apply an acid-based product. Anything that contains lemon, vinegar or alcohol can damage the stone. Also never use any scouring product, not even those that are called "soft" products as the scouring agents will scratch the travertine and ruin the surface. Do not use steel wool or steel wool soap pads.

If you have a travertine shower you can make a homemade product that is safe to clean it by mixing 1/2 cup of ammonia to a gallon of warm water and with a soft brush, use this to scrub the tile to remove soap and dirt. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry. You may also purchase stone cleaner from any stone or tile dealer that is safe to use.

To keep cleaning to a minimum, coat the tile on the walls only with automobile wax and buff it. This will help the travertine repel water and soap. Do not put this on the floor of the shower as it will be very slick.

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