TRAVERTINE CLEANING AND SEALING IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Today, there are fundamental ways to clean Travertine, Marble, Onyx, Limestone and man made Porcelain & Ceramic tile floors. If you have a different type of floor, no worries all floors can be cleaned with the basic cleaning method shared in this article.
The cleaning methods range from “acidic mopping solutions” to “alkaline mopping solutions.” The reason there are conflicting cleaning methodologies in the greater Phoenix area is because the housekeeping services have not been formally trained on how to mop your floors.
We recently received a call from a homeowner who was worried about the damage to their floors. In the picture below, you will notice a housekeeper poured concentrated bleach on the marble floors. On closer inspection, the squirting swirls were from a powerful acid. Apparently, the housekeeping service was trying to remove calcium magnesium. Sadly, you cannot use acid based cleaners on Travertine, Marble, Onyx, Limestone, Terrazzo, and Agglomerate.
Some homeowners and housekeeping services do not use the correct mopping technology. Most housekeeping services learn on the job and mostly by antidotal dissemination. The key to successfully maintaining natural stone, tile and keeping grout clean is to verify that your housekeeping employees have been properly trained on how to clean your floors. Make sure they are not using powerful alkaline and vinegar on your floors. Mopping your floors with vinegar can destroy the shine overtime. Housekeepers often use a popular alkaline that unwittingly create a soil magnet on your floors and grout.
In this article, Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the Travertine cleaning expert in Phoenix, Arizona will share 5 tips on “How to Clean Travertine in Phoenix, Arizona.” If you need advice, please give us a call at 480-625-0557.
TIP 1: USE THE CORRECT CLEANING EQUIPMENT
Selecting the right mopping equipment is the foundation to successfully cleaning your Travertine flooring. There are several mopping options on the market. We recommend that you purchase a Rubbermaid® mopping system or another system of equal or greater quality. Depending on the size of your home you will need to purchase a sufficient number of microfiber mop heads.
Below is a link of an example of how to purchase a good mopping system:
TIP 2: USE THE CORRECT DRY SOIL REMOVAL TECHNIQUE
Your first line of defense in keeping Travertine floors clean and shiny is to have a soil prevention protocol in place. This is not limited to having absorbent door mats at all entrances and exits. Absorbent door mats trap soil within their intertwining mesh. All door mats should be cleaned and rinsed off once a week. Family members should agree to take their shoes off and clean-up any spills that may occur. Lastly, it is very important to sweep or vacuum the dry abrasives on your floors once a week. Over time, dry abrasives can damage the polished appearance of Travertine tile.
TIP 3: USE THE CORRECT MOPPING SOLUTION
The safest cleaning solution to clean your Travertine in Phoenix, Arizona is a neutral cleaner. Neutral cleaner will remove unwanted substances without damaging any floor it is used on. Zep neutral floor cleaner is concentrate and should be diluted with water. Zep neutral floor cleaner can be purchased at most hardware stores like Home Depot, Ace and Walmart in your area. Be sure to mix per the directions.
4. USE THE CORRECT MOPPING TECHNIQUE
It is very important that the correct mopping technique is used when mopping your Travertine floors. If you purchased a Rubbermade® system you now are ready. When mopping Travertine, Marble, Limestone and tile and grout with a microfiber, it is important to limit damp mopping to less than 400 square feet. Be sure to rinse the mop out or change out microfiber mop heads regularly to prevent soil load. Soil load leads to streaks on the flooring being mopped. Turn on ceiling fans or use a floor fan to dry. This ensures no one experiences a slip and fall accident.
5. PROFESSIONALLY CLEAN AND SEAL YOUR TRAVERTINE
It is very important that you professionally clean and seal your Travertine, Marble, Limestone and tile and grout in Phoenix, Arizona at least once per year. Stone Care of Arizona, the Travertine, Marble and Limestone cleaning expert in Phoenix, Arizona is here to help you. Our professional cleaning and sealing is second to none. We use the latest cleaning and sealing technology to have your floors looking amazing.
Not everyone is a “Do-it-Yourself Aficionado”, Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the premier cleaning, sealing and polishing company can provide the services for you. To get a free estimate on any cleaning, sealing and polishing service, please give us a call 480-625-0557.
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Stone Care of Arizona LLC provides natural stone care and tile cleaning, stone sealing and stone polishing for the following cities in Arizona: Phoenix, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Scottsdale, Sun City, Tempe, Arizona.