Travertine is a great choice for countertops. However, it's also a delicate surface that requires careful and routine cleaning to maintain its luster. One common threat to a travertine countertop is hard water. Hard water is water with a high mineral content that is prevalent in a majority of American homes. It can discolor your countertop and can seep into the porous surface of your travertine, causing etch marks. If you live in a part of the country where you have hard water, you have to be especially diligent about protecting the travertine from the minerals in your water. Here are some easy ways to prevent and clean hard water stains so your travertine countertops stay looking beautiful and pristine.
Clean your travertine diligently
Get in the habit of wiping down your countertops after you use the sink. Keeping your countertops dry is the best way of preventing water stains from forming. Every few days, use distilled water and mild soap and gently scrub the countertop surface with a sponge. Do not use harsh and heavy duty cleaners, as they can destroy the surface of the travertine. Even something natural like vinegar can ruin the look of travertine by seeping into the travertine and creating stains of its own.
Clean Hard Water Surface Stains
You need two simple ingredients to remove superficial hard water stains: hydrogen peroxide and talcum powder.
- Make a mixture of peroxide and powder until it's the consistency of peanut butter.
- Put on some rubber gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Now, using your fingers, apply the mixture to the stains and cover them up with plastic wrap.
- Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap to let the peroxide evaporate. Leave the mixture alone for a few hours or preferably overnight.
- Once the mixture is dry, use a damp sponge and gently scrub away the mixture.
- Depending on the stubbornness of the stain, it may take a few applications of this mixture to work its magic and remove the stain.
Cleaning Hard Water Etched Stains
Your travertine may have etched stains. This means that the minerals have penetrated the surface of the stone and you need to sand down the surface of the travertine to remove it. To gently sand the surface and remove the stains, you need marble polishing powder. It may be difficult to find the powder at a local hardware store; however, it's readily available for sale online. Here is how to use the powder to remove etched stains.
- Wear some rubber gloves before handling the powder.
- Put a pinch of powder over the stain and then lightly spray water over the powder.
- Now rub the stain with a microfiber cloth, using gentle pressure. Don't rub the stain for longer than a minute or two.
- Wipe away the mixture with plain water and wipe down the surface with a wet washcloth.
- If the stain persists, repeat the process until it's gone.
For more information and help with cleaning, consider contacting travertine tile cleaning services in your area.