Travertine is a stone similar to marble that is cut into tiles and laid into countertops, or, more commonly, floors. All stone is porous and requires sealing to protect the surface. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your tile regarding the types of sealant to use and how often to seal your travertine tile. Cleaning your travertine tile is relatively simple, but take care which products you use.
Dust mop your travertine tile flooring daily to keep dirt from sticking to the tile and creating a bigger mess. Wipe up any spills immediately, and, if needed, use pH-neutral cleaners. Dishwashing liquids work well on travertine tile; mix 1 tsp. mild dishwashing liquid with water in a spray bottle, and spray the tile lightly, or add 1 tbsp. of dish liquid to a gallon of water and mop the tile. Regardless, rinse the tile well to remove all of the cleanser. Grout needs only a light scrubbing with a soft brush. Avoid white vinegar or other acidic cleansers because they will pit the travertine and eat away at the grout.
For those times when you need heavier cleaning for your travertine tile, use the same cleaning products that you use for everyday cleaning. To tackle heavier grime, allow the cleaners to sit on the tile for a longer period. As with daily cleaning, rinse the tile well after cleaning.
If your travertine tile develops stains, make a poultice of baking soda or salt. Mix the baking soda or salt with just enough water to form a paste, and spread the poultice just over the edge of the stain. Cover the poultice with plastic wrap, and tape the edges to seal them. Leave the baking soda or salt in place until it is completely dry; remove the plastic wrap, and rinse the tile well. If the poultice has not completely removed the stain, repeat the process.
Protect your travertine tile flooring with area rugs or throw rugs. Throw rugs work well in smaller spaces since you can pick them up and shake the dirt outside.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or pads as they will scratch and pit the surface of your travertine tile. Abrasive cleaners also wear away at the grout between your tile, which can loosen the tile eventually.
Acidic cleansers like vinegar can also harm your travertine tile surface. If you spill vinegar, orange juice or other acidic substances, wipe them up as quickly as possible.