How to Care for a Travertine Counter How to Care for a Travertine Counter

What You'll Need
Lint-free cloth
Natural stone soap
Warm water
Soft cloths
Plastic putty knife
Plastic wrap
Masking tape
Spray bottle
Travertine stone sealer

A travertine counter is a popular feature in many home kitchens and bathrooms. This is partly because of its natural beauty, which enhances your interior décor. Travertine is a high resilience rock, hence its wide applicability in building and construction. However, it is one of the most porous rocks available for counters. This necessitates special care if you’re to keep your counter in good shape. Below is a guide to help you maintain your counter.

Step 1 – Clear Dust

Use a lint-free cloth to clear dust from your counter daily. Travertine is a highly porous rock. Accumulated dust combined with liquid spills can create stubborn stains. This reduces the aesthetic appeal of your counter. Wipe away liquid spills as soon as they occur with a soft cloth, to help prevent stains.

Step 2 – Wash with Soap

It is a good idea to clean your counter thoroughly once a week. Obtain a natural stone cleanser that is suitable for travertine from a janitorial supply store. Wash the counter with soap and warm water. A sponge can help you clear away heavy dirt and grease. Rinse the counter well to eliminate all traces of soap. Dry the travertine with a soft cloth. Be sure to remove all traces of water to guard against stains.

Step 3 – Stain Removal

You may spot stains on your counter even after you wash with soap stone. Obtain a poultice suitable for travertine. Spread about ½ an inch thickness of poultice over the stain with a plastic putty knife. Cover the poultice with a plastic wrap. Attach masking tape around the wrap to secure it in place. Let the poultice work on the stain for the recommended time. Remove the plastic wrap from the counter. Scrape away the dried poultice with your putty knife. Clean the treated area with a cloth dampened with soapy water. Spray some water onto the area to rinse, then wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Step 4 – Sealing

Use a soft cloth to apply a penetrating sealer onto your counter. Wipe a light coat of the sealer onto your counter, with long smooth strokes. The stone absorbs a light coat much better than a heavy coat. Allow the first coat to dry completely, then apply an additional coat. It is a good idea to apply sealer every 6 months. It helps to prevent stains and scratches.

Step 5 – Protective Measures

Do not rub spills on the counter, as it works the liquid further into the stone. Instead, blot up liquid spills as soon as they occur to prevent seepage into the stone. Travertine is easily etched by acidic drinks and acid-based cleaning agents. Use coasters underneath cups and glasses to help prevent spills. Many of the commercial cleaners available on the market contain acids. It is best to avoid these cleaners as well as general household cleaners. Avoid ammonia, vinegar and bleach to clean your counter. Stick to a natural stone cleanser that is suitable for travertine.

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