How to Clean a Travertine Backsplash

Cleaning a travertine backsplash is the same as cleaning travertine tile in any other location throughout your home. Care must be taken in the products you use and the way they are used. Travertine tile is a hard tile but can still stain, pit and be scratched like slate or limestone. Sealing the tile only minimally reduces the chances of this problem.

You Will Need

  • Water
  • Mild dishwashing detergent
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloth

Step 1-Preparation

Remove all items from the backsplash that you may have hanging and also remove everything on the counter top that may be in your way. Brush away any dust or loose dirt that may be on the tiles to prevent scratches.

Step 2-Cleaning the Tile

Dampen the sponge with warm water and add a drop of dishwashing detergent. Squeeze to make a foam and use this to completely wash the backsplash. If the tile is especially greasy around a stove area, you may need to repeat this process. When the tile is completely cleaned, rinse well with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.

Step 3-Cautions

Never use any cleaner that contains an acid base, such as vinegar or lemon juice. Do not use chlorine based products, ammonia, scouring powder or steel wool on travertine tile as they can pit and damage the tile beyond repair.