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 How To Clean Travertine Tile Floor?

The first and most important rule to properly maintain a polished stone floor is to keep it as clean as possible all the time. Vacuum it at least once a day and mop it at least once a week. On top of that, there are a few topical finishes (really few and far between, as a matter of fact) that could be applied on a polished stone floor, but they would require weekly maintenance with the help of a residential floor buffer.
Travertine — like all calcite-based stones — is very sensitive to pH active cleaning agents, therefore you do need specialty products. Acidic cleaners will etch and remove the polished surfaces from alkaline stones like travertine,
Travertine contains lots of holes that were formed from sulphur bubbles eating away at the stone. These holes are often filled with synthetic resins or cements that usually do not polish very well which often causes polished travertine to look inconsistent in appearance. It requires more maintenance when the holes are not filled (called cross cut). Classified as a limestone and a marble, some Travertines can be polished and others cannot. Travertine must be protected with Stone Spray-N-Seal and cleaned with Marbalex.
The steps to clean travertine floor tile are:

1. Dust mop the floor using a non-treated dust mop or backpack vacuum with a glider on it.
2. To clean the floor, use a clean mop and bucket or a microfiber flat mop, which is best. Use a neutral cleaner or stone soap (available from a stone dealer). Do not use too much cleaner or you will have steaks.
3. After wet mopping follow up with a dry mop, which will take care of any possible streaks.

Do’s and Don’ts for cleaning stone floors:

* DO dust mop stone floors frequently
* DO clean stone floors with a neutral pH cleaner or stone soap
* DO thoroughly rinse and dry the floor after mopping
* DO blot up spills immediately
* DO protect stone floors with non-slip mats or area rugs

* DON’T use vinegar or others acid cleaners on stone floors
* DON’T use cleaners like bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub & tile cleaners (they may contain acid)
* DON’T use abrasive cleaners

How Do I Make All Purpose Cleaner With Vinegar And Water?
I’Ve Read 4 Parts Water To 1 Part Vinegar And I’Ve Also Read Equal Parts Vinegar And Water. Does Anyone Have Any Experience Using Either? I Want To Use It On Countertops, Stove Top, Etc.

You can use it neat on countertops, bathroom tiles etc. there is no problem there. Just dilute if the counter top is black granite and then a 1 part water 2 parts vinegar is fine. You can use it neat to strip the grease from pans and saucepans. You can add 2 cups to your wash of blankets, sheets and towels for a soft fluffy result instead of softener. You can add 1 cup to your wash load for ordinary clothes and it will leave them static free (great for synthetics and nylons). You can use it in a spray bottle half and half mixture for glass and shower screens to leave them gleaming and a 1/4 cup to your final rinse in the dishwasher or washing up water to leave crystal and glassware sparkling clean then leave them to dry. To get coffee and tea stains out of cups scrub with a scourer sponge and equal parts salt and vinegar following with a warm rinse of water. To remove built up soap scum in your dishwasher pour 1 cup undiluted white vinegar into the bottom of the unit or leave in a bowl on the top rack and run on a full cycle without dishes in it. Do this once a month to clean out hard water build up etc. and leave it bacteria free.

Ice cube tray equal parts of vinegar and water and then once a week drop in a couple of ice cubes down your drain to sanitise and make it smell good. Disinfect chopping boards with full strength vinegar. You can add bicarb sode if it is a wooden board and spray the vinegar over the top for it to foam and bubble for 10 minutes then rinse with cold water.

You can remove white rings on wooden furniture with equal parts olive oil and vinegar and apply with a soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Use another clean soft cloth to shine up. You can get marks off leather or vinyl by dabbing them with a sponge soaked in full strength vinegar. Restore leather couches to their former glory by using equal parts vinegar and boiled linseed oil in a spray bottle. Shake and spray. Spread evenly over couch with soft clean cloth then leave a couple of minutes to soak in and rub off with a clean new cloth.

Clean out your fridge with equal parts vinegar and water. To prevent mildew build up use neat vinegar (undiluted) on a cloth. Leave a box of bicarb soda in your fridge to absorb smells.

NEVER USE VINEGAR OR LEMON on marble surfaces of any kind as it can dull the protective coating and possibly damage the stone. This goes for travertine and limestone. The best product for these surfaces is Lustro Italiano Marble and Stone Cleaner Kit available from Ciciliot & Sons.

Clean your carpets with vinegar. Restore worn rugs by brushing with a clean broom dipped in a 1/4 vinegar/water solution. Your faded threads will fluff up and look brighter and you dont even need to rinse. Rub light carpet stains with a mix of 2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 cup vinegar, let dry and then vacuum. For dark or big stains add 2 tablespoons boracic acid (borax) to that mixture and apply in the same method.

Remove sticker glue and bumper stickers by saturating the top of the sticker with neat vinegar and use an expired credit card to scrape it off. Use more full strength vinegar to remove the sticky substance under the sticker.

Clean chrome and stainless steel by spraying undiluted vinegar with a fine mist froma spray bottle and buff with soft clean cloth. Shine your silverware and jewellery by soaking in a mixtrure of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 TBLSPOONS bicarb soda for 2-3 hours. Rinse under cold water and dry with soft cloth. Sparkling like new. Polish brass and copper making a paste of equal parts white vinegar and salt and bicarbonate of soda (wait for fizzing to stop before using) then using a clean soft cloth or paper towel rub the paste into the item until tarnish is gone. Rinse in cool water and polish dry with new clean cloth or paper towel.

Wipe away mildew with white vinegar (neat). It can be applied to almost any surface except stone.

Leave neat vinegar in small bowls all all the house if you have a smoker. It gets rid of the stench within a couple of days.

USE PLAIN DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR. It is cheap and kind to the environment.

Can Anyone Recommend A Website That Tells How To Strip, Refinish And Re-Seal A Marble Travertine Floor?

Did you try DIYNETWORK.COM? I do not know if they have that on there, but it is worth a look.

We Just Bought A House Where The Previous Owner Installed Travertine In The Shower Stall And Bathroom Floor.?
It Is Full Of Large Pores! Was It Correctly Installed? Shouldnt It Be Sealed With Something? Also – What Do I Clean It With On A Daily Basis? Will It Mold? There Are Some Paint Stains On The Flooring Behind The Toilet – How Can I Remove These?

Travertine is a very porous, soft material, at least compared to other tiles, like ceramic. Usually the manufacturers of travertine fill the surface don’t know what the filler is, but it is only for surface you see. So the installer should not only spread mortar on the floor, but also back butter the tile, so there is full contact.

I can’t tell you about the tile being filled. It may be an inferior product, but the installer shouldn’t have to use any fillers. It should be sealed however. It is really easy, get a bottle to mist the tile. Let it sit. Other than that, just sweep and mop for maintenance. Check with the sealer product, it will suggest how often you need to reseal. And if sealed and cleaned in a properly ventilated bathroom, it shouldn’t mold, but that would be the same as any other flooring.

The paint stains are more difficult. It makes me think it wasn’t sealed properly. As I said, it is porous, and will absorb stains, thus the need to seal. If you can’t get the stain up will normal methods of soap, water and elbow grease, then it is probably absorbed into the tile. You can use some very fine, 300 grit or finer, wet sandpaper to see if it is absorbed deeply. I’d try it in a very hidden spot. Then you can make the judgment call if it is worth replacing. It the paint is deeply absorbed it won’t come out, sorry, and will need to replace it or live with it.

Even if you think it has been sealed, I’d seal it again. That way you know the time it should be resealed, instead of guessing. It doesn’t cost much and doesn’t take a long time.

How Do You Clean Mold From Grout In Marble/Travertine Shower?
We Have A Shower (1.5 Yrs Old) Tiled With Travertine Stone And Marble. We Were Told To Clean With Just Shampoo Or Dish Soap, But Are Having Problems With Mold Growth In The Corners. Looking For A Safe Cleaner.

Mild bleach water will kill the mold, there are also cleaners sold by Walmart, but it will come back, because of the moisture staying behind, I think your grout sealer has failed and water is soaking in and through th grout. reapply the sealer and see if your problem stays away.

Travertine Tile?
I Have Travertine Tile In My Bathroom That Apparently Wasn’T Sealed Properly. Now It Has Water Stains That Are Visible When Viewed From An Angle. It’S Ugly And I Can’T Get Rid Of Them. Any Suggestions?

Does the tile feel a little rough where you see the stains? The tile may have been etched by acid like effect of low-pH water (like acid rain does) or from the use of alkaline or acidic cleaners and soap scum removers. Most of the popular cleaners will break down the sealer layer and damage stone tile surfaces.

Ideally one should use a non-abrasive, pH-neutral cleaner that is specially formulated for natural stone materials.

There is a chance that you could use a polishing powder or compound like MB-11, which you can find out more about at the websites listed below. However, there is also a big chance that you will do more damage to the tile.

It might be worth trying to remove the stains/etching in some inconspicuous area on the floor before you use it right out in the middle where damage will be easily seen. If that doesn’t work then it may be time to call in a flooring restoration specialist to do the job.

How Can I Clean Grout Off Travertine Tile That Was Not Cleaned Properly
I Installed Travertine Tile In My Shower And Was Starting To Grout When I Was Called Away Before I Was Able To Finish Cleaning It Fully.How Can I Clean The Grout Off The Tile?

I don’t know about travertine specifically. But, I’ve used brillo pads to clean off excess grout from ceramic tiles (it was recommended to me by a professional tile installer). Get a pad that is rated as “fine” or “very fine,” wet it down, and then scrub away until all the extra grout is gone (they also make grout scrappers if you have big chunks that need to come off).

Note: I recommend trying it in an inconspicuous location first to make sure the travertine doesn’t scratch easily.

Sealed Travertine Shower Stall, Need Advice For General Cleaning And How To Remove/Prevent Watermarks.?
I Have A Sealed Travertine Shower Stall, 6 Weeks Old. Was Advised To Just Use A Squeegy To Clean It But Water Still Stand On The Floor In Droplets And Now There Are Watermarks. Any Suggestions As To How To Remove Them, And How To Clean On A Daily Basis – Just Water Doesn’T Strike Me As Being Adequate Anyway!

I would cover it with a wax based floor sealent. And clean with a natural shower cleaner.

How Can I Clean Tile And Grout Myself?
Other Than Going On My Hands And Knees With A Brush And Scrubbing The Floor…What Is The Cheapest Way To Do It Myself?. I Have Travertine 18X18 Tile Floor, It Was Installed About 10 Yrs Ago And The Tile Is Pretty Clean Because I Mop It Regularly But The Grout Is Black!. It Used To Be Ivory White Matching The Color Of The Stone. Mopping It Doesn’T Work. I Tried Doing It With A Little Brush And It Works But I Have A Lot Of Floor To Clean! A Contractor Wants $700 To Clean It With A Special Machine. I Tried Looking It Up At The Home Depot To See If They Have That Machine For Rent But Can’T Find It (I Will Go Ask This Weekend).

Another Question…Once I Get It Clean, What Should I Seal It With To Help Mantaining It Clean?.

Last Night I Saw Ad Advertisement For A Grout Cleaner…Something &Quot;Enzimatic&Quot; Sold At Home Depot. It Claimed That It Removes Dirt And Keep Working After The Grout Is Clean Keeping The Dirt Away. Is That True…It Sounds Like To Good To Be True!. Please Also Advice Me On What Type Of Cleaner I Should Use To Remove The Dirt From The Grout.

Thanks

A couple of things: The _first_ time you clean tile grout, you really do want to be down on your knees with a brush and grout cleaner to get it *perfect*. After which, apply at least two coats of sealant following package directions. One (of a great many) is linked below.

Then, clean as you would any hard-surface flooring, and re-apply the sealant every year or so if it starts to stain again. There are no miraculous cleaners as no single formula can account for every kind of common stain.

Now, if the grout is well-and-truly black, try (in one small area) a mixture of two parts very hot water and one part common household bleach. Add about a tablespoon of baking soda per pint of this mixture, and wear gloves and eye protection against the bleach. If it works, the black stain is mold spore (not uncommon and not a reflection on your housekeeping). And, if it works continue with that formula across the entire floor, and after it is completely dry, seal it as above.

Good luck with it!

Can You Clean Travertine Floors With Home Steam Cleaners, Not Commercial Steam Cleaners?

A steam cleaner is a great resource for cleaning travertine floor tiles as to many people use way to much water when cleaning their travertine floors. Naturally, it is advisable to first sweep or vacuum (no beater bar) to get most of the soil and grit removed. In fact, grit is our No. 1 enemy for stone etc. as it is abrasive like sandpaper and over time will dull the luster. Good quality floor mats inside and outside each door, regularly remove the grit, use your steamer and a good quality stone cleaner will go along ways to keeping your travertine floor tiles clean and beautiful. Don’t forget to keep them properly sealed with a solvent based impregnating sealer too.
Hope this helps.

Is Tumbled Travertine Tile In A Shower Easy To Keep Clean?
We Love The Way It Looks But Are Afraid That Because It’S So Porous That It Would Be Impossible To Keep Clean & Free Of Soap Scum. Any Advice?

If properly sealed with a good penetrating sealer and proper maintenance is done, the look will out last you and I. Sealing ( at least once and then sealed again, twice after its grouted) and then grouted properly filling in any natural pits and holes cleaning will be as normal as a ceramic tile. Seal twice after being grouted to seal the grout also.
Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications there. GL

How Do I Clean Hard-Water Like Stains Off My Honed And Sealed Travertine Shower?

I found a link; hope it helps.

http://www.countertopspecialty.com/clean…

I knew nothing about cleaning Travertine, but you aroused my curiosity.

Is Travertine Flooring The Way To Go?
Ok, I Am Conflicted. I Found A Beautiful 18X18 Travertine Tile At Home Depot At A Great Price ($2.41 Per Sq Ft). I Was Planning On Installing In The Entry, Hall, Kitchen And Dining Room. After Reading A Bit, I Am Concerned About These Scratches, Stains, Etc That People Are Writting About. How Concerned Should I Be? If I Drop A Jar Of Pickles Or A Glass Of Water, Will That Cause Damage? Should They Be Sealed Or Not And If So, How Often? Should I Skip Travertine Altogether? Is Regular Marble A Better Choice? Please Help…I Am So Confused!

Erica

I’ve installed travertine in many different applications and as long as you seal it, keep it clean and sealed you will have no problems. Not only that, I have it in my own home and have spilled just about everything and anything on it without having permanent stains. I also have two dogs with a lot of energy that don’t harm the floor in any way. Just use a high quality sealer, like the one by TileLab, apply it with a sponge mop and do so every year or so. Take care of spills right away with a damp rag, other than that, vacuum regularly or use a duster mop. It will really add value to your home. I would choose a honed trav over marble which demands more upkeep and maintenance. Marble will cloud if alcohol based liquids are spilled on it and it will take more effort to remove it.

What Do I Use For Daily Cleaning Of A Travertine Tile Floor?

Do not use soap and warm water.While it won’t hurt the stone or the topical sealer that is most likely on it,it is very hard to get rid of the residue that soap will leave.When you wash your hands with soap look how long it takes to rinse off all the residue,same thing with your floor…Best thing to use is a ph neutral floor cleaner brand I use for myself and suggest and sell to my customers is Stone Pro Daily Clean www.stoneproonline.com

Good Luck
Superior Stone Restoration
San Diego CA

How Do I Clean & Maintain Travertine Floors?

Good question.. Because it is travertine.. it should be sealed but sealed with a good sealer and not walmart’type sealer. Travertine(which I have) has little pits in it here and there and it(they) get filled up with dirt. when you mop it or sponge it, it gets the tops clean but not those little holes so what I am going to buy this week is a (about$200) brush scrubbing machine that I can use.. it squirts water and cleaning stuff and also sucks it back up…. I tried it by hand and wow.. what a difference(brushing with /by hand)

Are Travertine Tumbled Stone Tiles Ok To Use As A Kitchen Backsplash, Or Are They Too Porous And Hard To Clean
Someone Told Me That Travertine Tumbled Stone Tiles Are Not Good To Use For A Kitchen Backsplash, Because They Are Too Porous, And Will Be Hard To Clean, Especially Above The Stove. Is That True, Or Should I Go Ahead And Install Some? I Just Love Them!

who ever told you that is crazy, i put them in $500,000 homes, kitchen showers, and floors, once you grout the (whole tile) the pores are sealed, then you put a ( gloss sealer) on them, your set for about 5 yrs, be for you got to seal them again, that kind or stone needs to be sealed when the gloss finish dissipates, you re seal it, any probs, e-mail me, for my #, i will chat with you about any thing you want to know about tile, stone, or man made products. kennedy4552@sbcglobal.net

Is Polished Travertine Floor Difficult To Maintain?
I Want Floor Tiles That Are Forgiving And Easy To Take Care Of. I Have Looked At Porcelain Tiles Which Are Easy To Take Care Of But I Am Not Sure If They Look Like Real Stone.How About Marble? Is It Worse Than Travertine From Practical Point Of View?

===travertine marble flooring tiles [TMFT] is very easy to maintain — to clean that man made tile you should only use clear water or rubbing alcohol for spots or a dirty floor —– the use of Pinesol or other cleaners leave a greasy surface and cause the TMFT to be a slick dirt magnet === do not let that discourage you away from TMFT as it is good for inside and outside on the patio —- when laying the TMFT it should not have a grout line — rather the tiles should be butted up next to each … a good tile man can float the floor smooth and prepare the under the tile grout to adhere well and look good … if you want to do this tile yourself they have “” tile laying classes at Lowe’s or the HoDepot and you should check for Saturday class times …. Further INFO …. you can cut the tile with a small 4inch grinder [[[ this is a bit trickey because you have to get a tile blade and remove the guard on this small grinder therefore it is an open blade and requires mucho respect for the relation of fingers to tile saw blade ..]]] no to say this is super-dangerous but you must teach yourself big time respect for the open blade you can buy the grinder at one of the giants or Harbor Freight Stores for about 1/2 price of a tile saw that you may or may not use again in the future.. I hope this helps you and the TMFT does look good when the job is finished …………

Has Steam Mop Damaged My Travertine Floor After Being Left In Same Spot For 20 Minutes?
Housekeeper Left Her Steam Mop Standing And Plugged In On My 1 Year Old &Quot;Storm&Quot; Travertine/Heated Floor. After Removing The Mop, The Spot Under It Was Too Hot To Touch For 15 Minutes Until It Cooled. Afterwards, When Standing In The Light Just Right, I Can See The Design Of The Mop Pad As A Slightly Darker Discoloration. This Is Honed And Filled Travertine Tile, 1 Year Old And Recently Sealed By Myself For The Second Time About A Month Ago. Am I Doomed To Discoloration? Also, Do You Suppose The Element And Sensor In The Heated Floor Are Damaged? I Installed This Myself So I Know Both Element Wire And Sensor Wire Are Under The Subject Area. Thanks For Comments.

I don’t know a lot about travertine floors, but I know what it is (calcium carbonate) and that it is sensitive to any kind of acid – vinegar, juices, and so on, and any cleaning fluids have to be specifically for travertine (balanced pH).

They make special cleaners, but you may need to reseal the area when done. You can try one of those cleaners on that area and see if it helps. If not you may have to re-hone the area, or just live with the stain.

It is for this reason why I refuse to have any kind of high-maintenance surfaces in my house. Too easy to damage and then it’s a hassle to fix.

Wish you luck, and maybe you should instruct your housekeeper a little better.

Has Anyone Used Granite Shield?
Has Anyone Used Granite Shield? Just Looking For People Who Have Used It To See How The Product Works.

With granite by Granite Shield Countertops or granite sealed by Granite Shield you don’t have to worry about rushing to wipe up spills, worry about acidic liquids, using coasters or placemats ever again. With granite sealed permanently by Granite Shield they mean it’s permanently sealed, never has to be sealed again, has a lifetime warranty, not a limited warranty limiting you to use special cleaners and follow special maintenance procedures like other companies.

What customers, other company’s and even Granite Shield applicators are saying about the Granite Shield lifetime guaranteed permanent sealing process.

“I wanted to inquire as to who I would contact to have an appointment done for the Granite Shield. I have granite in my kitchen and had the Granite Shield applied and have had no problems. However, my parents, who have the same granite as I do, did not have the Granite Shield applied and their granite has darkened in certain spots, due to some staining. I was wondering who would be the contact to find out about having the stains removed, if possible and then having the Granite Shield applied?”

Thanks,
J. A. Calabrese, CFP
Assistant Vice President
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

“We installed a CaesarStone (HONED finish) bar counter that is extremely difficult to clean. Following is an excerpt of an email I received from a CaesarStone representative recommending your Granite Shield product:

There is one product that CaesarStone has tested and approved for use on our product. It’s a one time application that doesn’t change the finish hardly at all (it might add a little luster to it). From the results that I have seen it really does keep the dirt and oils from sticking to the surface which makes cleaning a lot easier. It’s called Granite Shield 877-477-3254.

We live in Chaska, Minnesota (just 20 miles from Minneapolis) and would like to engage someone to professionally apply your Granite Shield product to protect the bar from fingerprints and stains. Could you recommend someone we could contact?”

Thank You,
J. Metzger
Chaska, MN 55318

“Wow for Granite Shield! Once again my son put a container with oil on the bottom on top of my very light colored granite counter top. Only this time it is shielded! No stain!!! Yes! Granite Shield is wonderful!”

Thank You,
P. Symonds
San Francisco, CA

“First of all, I would like to thank you for the prompt and professional service I received from you and your staff at Granite Shield. I would also like to share with you a little story of an event that occurred a couple of days after you completed the job. At about 3:00 in the morning I was awakened by my teenage son advising me that his bathroom was overflowing with water. I quickly got up and was greeted with his bathroom having about 1/4 of an inch of water from an overflowing toilet. I quickly shut off the water supply to the toilet and proceeded, with my wife and son, to clean up the mess. To my great surprise, the travertine floor that had been treated by your company actually held out the water and as soon as we dried it up, the floor showed no water spots of any kind. As a matter of fact, the bathroom is located on the second floor and to my great surprise we had no leakage onto the first floor.

You may use this testimonial if you so desire, as part of your advertising as I am very happy with the way your “Granite Shield” has functioned thus far. I have and will continue to recommend your company.

Very truly yours,

L. P. Carreras, EA, AT”
L.P. Carreras & Associates
Chino, CA

“Craig, Last week you shipped me some sealer at the request of Craig Kenningson at Santa Regina International, LTD www.SantaRegina.com. I also spoke with you about the products application on Friday afternoon. We applied it on Sunday after the Terrazzo was completely dry. It is a nice product that is pretty easy to work with.

I had a slight amount of the product left over and I did some testing with it on my own. All I can say is wow. I put it on a couple of pieces of slate, and it worked great. Beaded up like a mother. I thought your talk about Dry Treat was a guy proud of his product, but hey the proof is in the pudding.

I also honed 1/2 a polished square of Brecca Oniciatia. I split the tile in thirds, with one section your stuff, the other a competitors and one clear. I applied two coats each. Your competitor didn’t fare so well, so I gave him another coat. Maybe it will be better for him in the morning. Worked great on the polished side as well as the honed. I will send pics, but I am sure you know all this.

I call on architects, designers, tile retailers & distributors (like Daltile where Craig found us) stone fabricators here in Jacksonville FL. We should talk about your products.

I am filling out the applicator info and will send it to you.”

Sincerely,
H. Edenfield
Jacksonville, FL

“We have spent a lot of time refining our process in order to completely eliminate the absorption and staining issue on our cement based engineered terrazzo flooring. Initially, we tested all major sealing products on the market. We solved our problem by developing a new proprietary sealing system with a company called Granite Shield which takes the free lime from our cement and crystallizes into a quartz material. This satisfies 98% of the seal. We then add an ionized polymer sealer on top of the tile to complete the seal. Now our Santa Regina engineered terrazzo has a 10 year stain resistant warranty backed by Granite Shield. To enhance the warranty to a 10 year stain proof warranty an Authorized Granite Shield applicator must complete the sealing process by sealing the grout after installation. Our terrazzo is sold through Daltile nationally.

Thank you Granite Shield for solving our problem.”

Craig Kennington
Santa Regina International, LTD
Palmer, TX 75152
www.SantaRegina.com

“My name is Karan Barber and I am the Granite Shield Distributor for this area. This product is terrific. It truly is amazing! We have Shielded several types of stone and put them to the test. We put red wine, red Kool-Aid, iodine, brake fluid, oven cleaner, lemon juice etc. on the shielded stone, left it for 24 hours and it wiped right off with a wet paper towel. Water beads on honed stone.”

Thanks,
K. Barber
Granite Shield Distributor / Applicator
Monroe, NC 28110

“November 07, 2006 I have a customer for whom we installed new Venetian Gold granite kitchen countertops in August 2005. He claims that every day the counter is covered in “grit” that can’t really be seen, but can be felt. It has been an ongoing problem since installation. I went to visit and found the tops to be just as smooth and shiny as the day installed. I suggested maybe his ceiling is falling apart rather than his countertop and that if that much “grit” came out of his tops every day, there wouldn’t be much granite left. He is raising hell with the cabinet shop and contractor and I don’t have any ideas. Has anyone had a similar problem customer in the past?”

“November 08, 2006 The granite was definitely sealed, but I don’t remember which sealer we were using at that time. Furthermore the customer went to Home Depot and purchased a cleaner and sealer kit and has sealed the top another half dozen times. The only time I have experienced anything like this, it was short lived, not continuous for over a year.”

“December 19, 2006 2 weeks ago I applied Granite Shield to the table as a sample to see if it would stop the “shedding” problem. The customer is now very happy and I will be applying Granite Shield to the countertops after the holidays.”

“January 11, 2007 This is definitely grit that is coming off the tops. The table was the worst area and it had almost a honed feel to it, but was still shiny. We had to epoxy fill just 2 “chips”. The Granite Shield did the rest. Shedding stopped, feels smooth, CUSTOMER HAPPY!”

Sincerely,
B. Stone
Architectural Surfaces
Granite Shield Distributor / Applicator
Punta Gorda, FL

“Still today, with the ever changing uses and fabrication of natural stone surfaces, obtaining the best protection means never stopping the research and development process. The Granite Shield chemical wizards are constantly fine tuning their processes and chemicals so that they can offer nothing but the best to the homeowner. Many people have gone to great lengths to choose exactly what type of surface and which color they want to get that “dream home” look. This concern has frightened many people and actually caused them to not seal and protect their particular surface. In the long run, this has ended up causing them tremendous headache and possibly costly refinishing and repair.

With the exception of stone enhancer/darkener, Granite Shield is one of the only sealing companies on the market who guarantees not to change the color or appearance of your precious and fragile surface. You will see your polished granite take on a vibrant new look with more life and color than you noticed before. But at the same time, your honed or matte finishes will not change; only be easier to maintain for years to come.”

T. Valenzuela
Granite Shield Applicator Northern Nevada
Carson City, NV 89701

With Granite Shield’s permanent lifetime warranty & maintenance free sealed granite you don’t need special cleaners to clean and maintain your granite. You can even use an over the counter window cleaner with ammonia. Granite Shield recommends Windex or Clorox wipes plus a microfiber towel on glossy granite sealed by Granite Shield to clean the granite. You don’t have to worry about cleaning the spill immediately. They don’t recommend using a cleaner that has polishes or waxes because it will only build up on your granite leaving a waxy, dull, smeary build up. Should that occur with granite sealed by Granite Shield you can just go down to the local hardware store and buy denatured alcohol to remove the residue and your granite will look shiny, repellent and brand new again.
Below is the use and care guide for the following companies

Granite sealed by Granite Shield you don’t need to wipe up spills immediatley: http://www.graniteshieldcountertops.com/graniteshielduseandcare.html

The following 3 say you need to wipe up spills immediately:

Stonemark By Innovative Stone with Permashield: http://stonemark.com/use-care.htm

Granite Certified By DuPont: http://www2.dupont.com/Surfaces/en_US/products/granite/granite_care.html

Cosentino Sensa with Sensaguard: http://www.cosentinowarranty.com/information/sensa.cfm

Hope this helps. Granite Shield is a proud member of the Marble Institute.

Thanks,
Debbie Burton

Is Travertine Installed In A Shower Hard To Clean?

Travertine is porous! Unless you seal it you will be miserable with this material for a shower. It will involve maintenance/up-keep over time. Over time the crud/dirt will soak into the stone and it does not look very pretty.

How To Clean 100% All Natural Travertine Tiles?
It’S In My Bathroom Shower, And It Gets Really Moldy And Ugly Looking. Also The Deposits From The Water Leaves Calcium Streaks On The Tile. I’M Trying Not To Use Bleach Because It Discolors It. Thanks A Million!

Ok- how you clean moldy stone… first- try scrubbing with a paste made with Ajax.(not Commet- doesn’t rinse off easy) Loosen the bulk of it.

Otherwise a sprayed on bleach/cold water (50/50) solution left on for 5 minutes wont discolor the stone and will kill the mold. I’ve soaked pieces of travertine in bleach for days trying to lighten it with no luck! If it does appear to lighten it- its going back to its original color- may be lighter than you remember or realize.

After letting it sit 5 min- scrub with a stiff brush again- followed by a green scrubber.

If this was enough to get it clean-rinse walls off really well- dry with towel – wait a few hours so inside stone is dry- and put on 3 coats of good quality sealer. Thats whats missing right now.

If you really want to make over your wall- Go buy 320 or 180 grit WET sandpaper- sold in auto parts stores. Sand the whole surface of your walls using lots of soapy water and sand first in circle motion followed by single direction with a light touch. (sandpaper should glide over stone) too much pressure will cause scratches instead of sanding.

Any scratched can be finish sanded with 400 grit. Rinse while scrubbing to work wet dust out – dry and seal as I said above.

Re seal stone once a year

What Do You Clean Granite Countertops With?
I’Ve Seen Granite And Marble Countertop Cleaner…What Can Happen To Them If You Dont Use The Special Cleaner? Is This Just Another Scam To Get You To Buy Some Special Cleaner When Normal Rag And Water/Soap Will Work Just Fine?

Interesting that the cleaner you mention is sold for both granite and marble, as these materials have very different properties. Marble, for example, can be stained easily by liquids that granite would be relatively impervious to. Much depends on the degree of polishing the stone is subjected to – i.e., to a smooth gloss, or a duller matte, whether the open bubbles of travertine, say, have been filled with resin or not, and so on.

You don’t need specialized, expensive cleaners for most granite kitchen countertops. It is a dense, dimensionally stable material that absorbs nothing to speak of in everyday terms, and will wipe clean with soap and water. An inexpensive product very good for polishing is Bon-Ami, a non-abrasive, unchlorinated powdered product (ground feldspar, if I’m not mistaken).

This is excellent, too, by the way, in the bathroom, where you want to preserve the quality of glazed surfaces, preferable, in my experience, to products such as Comet.

Cleaning My Counters!?
How Do I Clean My Dark Granite Counters!? Everything I Try Just Leaves Streaks And A Film And Doesnt Look Good At All!
I Appreciate Any Help!

So you’ve agonized over the decision to go with natural stone or solid surface and finally decided on granite for its variations and natural beauty. You’ve pondered whether to use a light or dark color, subtle variations or more noticeable ones. The granite counter tops are finally cut and installed and they are everything you hope they would be. They enhance your kitchen, making it the preparation, dining and entertaining room of your dreams. So how do you care for your new counter top?

A granite counter top is a significant investment in your home, so it is only right that you should protect and care for it in the proper manner. Granite is a beautiful stone that will last for a very long time, perhaps even a lifetime, if taken care of effectively.

After the granite counter tops are installed in your kitchen, it is very important to do several things. The first thing is to clean the granite thoroughly with a neutral ph cleanser made for stone. Your cabinet installer or contractor should be able to recommend a good brand of stone cleanser; if not, go to your local Home Depot or other home center, and they can recommend one to purchase for your granite counter tops.

When you have cleaned the installation dust and debris from your new counter tops, the next step is the most important to do before using your new counter tops. You must seal the granite. A sealer can be recommended by your contractor or picked up at the same place you get your cleanser. Sealing provides a protective barrier against surface staining and etching. Another advantage of the sealant is that it enhances your color and adds to the shine and beauty of your new counter tops. Sealing should be done at least every six months, although your contractor may suggest doing it more or less often. It is a good idea to make sure that you seal the areas in which you use a lot of water, such as by the sink, and areas where there is a lot of grease, such as by the stove, more often. The sealant is very durable, but you don’t want to take chances with natural granite counter tops that probably cost you a significant amount of money.

Another tip about granite counter top care is to clean up spills right away. You do not want to let spills sit on the granite and perhaps leave a stain. It is fairly unlikely that a stain will occur if you are using your sealer often enough, but it is still a good idea to wipe up any food or grease stains immediately.

All in all, granite counter tops are one of the easiest counter top surfaces to take care of. They only need cleaning and the occasional sealing to make them beautiful and to make them last. So take care of your counter tops and they will be an investment you are proud to have in your home, and a major selling point if you ever decide to move.

SEALER

SCI Sealer for Stone
Stone Care International Stone Spray N Seal covers 150 sq feet per 8 fluid ounces. This is a spray on water based stone sealer. Stone Spray n Seal is safe for most stone surfaces, see the list here. SCI sealer for granite, limestone, concrete, marble, terrazzo, ceramic tile, slate, porcelain, brick, terra cotta, grout, and stucco. Stone sealer by Stone Care International protects from stains, scratches, and weathering of stone surfaces.
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Here is a page on do’s and don’t of taking care of your countertop.
http://www.countertopspecialty.com/grani…

Do’s & Don’ts
The easiest way to keep your stone looking great is to avoid bad habits that may damage it. Granite, marble, travertine, limestone, soapstone, quartz and solid surface are similar in many ways, but their differences require varying degrees of maintenance. However . . .

If you utilize the granite care and cleaning procedures that follow for all your countertops . . . no matter what type of stone or surface . . . you’ll eliminate most potential problems without ever having to think too hard about it or worry that you may be causing damage.

Do: Blot up spills immediately.
Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce and sodas can etch the polish or stain the surface. Cooking oils may also leave a stain if not wiped up.

Do: Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.
Preferrably use a specially formulated stone cleaner, but warm water and a basic liquid dish soap will do for quick clean-ups. However, repeated or excessive use of soap will cause build-up and dull your countertop’s shine.
Simple Green is another option (see: “Good Advice” below).

Do: Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans.
Will a beer bottle set on your granite for five minutes leave a ring? Not if it was sealed properly, but it would on marble.

Many common foods and drinks contain acids that may etch the polish or damage the surface. So for easy solid surface, natural stone and granite counter top maintenance, alway

How Care Travertine Floor?
Clean Sealer And Fix Holes

Travertine looks like cut coral rock which will have holes from the shell. Ihave 1000 sq. ft. in my home have no problem cleaning