Clean up any dirty shoeprints as fast as possible. Prevention goes a long way with travertine. Natural stone floors, though beautiful, have qualities that make them hard to finish, polish and clean, particularly travertine, with its air pockets, roughness, and pores. Travertine flooring should always be sealed with a penetrating sealer. Finish coat sealers that work on other types of stone flooring are not suitable for this type of stone. Travertine varies by grade, density, and porosity; it is available honed or in a natural state of finish. Cleaning, polishing and sealing methods need to be carefully matched to the stone.
Travertine Floor Maintenance Tips
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning your travertine, there a few preventative care steps you can take. For your shower tiles, get a squeegee and give the walls a good wipe down after each shower.
In fact, this is a good tip for all types of shower tiles; it sure beats scrubbing soap scum out of grout lines, and it will prevent any mold and mildew buildup. Alternately, give everyone in the family two towels, one for drying themselves off after a shower and one for drying off the travertine in the shower walls.