How to clean a shower with travertine tile

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A travertine tiled shower adds beauty and elegance to your bathroom. A natural stone made of limestone deposits, travertine is durable and long-lasting. Despite its durability, travertine tile is harder to clean than most other natural stones because of its dense, porous and rough texture. You can effectively clean your travertine shower tiles without damaging the stone if you use the right products and cleaning methods.

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Hot water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft rag or sponge
  • Towel
  • Alkaline cleaner
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Stiff scrub brush

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of hot water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap. Make sure the dish soap has no additives.

  2. 2

    Dip a soft rag or sponge into the soapy water. Wipe down the travertine shower tiles with the rag and soapy water. Rinse out the rag or sponge often while cleaning.

  3. 3

    Rinse the shower tiles with clean water. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel.

  4. 4

    Use an alkaline tile or stone cleaner if your travertine shower tile is especially dirty. Mix the cleaner into a clean, empty spray bottle according to the label's instructions. Some alkaline cleaners will be premixed and ready for use.

  5. 5

    Spray the cleaner onto the travertine tiles. Scrub the tiles with a stiff scrub brush, then let it sit for 20 minutes, or the time recommended by the manufacturer, and scrub again. Rinse the tile with clean water and dry thoroughly.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a squeegee or towel to remove moisture from your travertine tile shower after each use. This will reduce soap scum and hard water build-up and make future cleanings easier.
  • AllChem Super Tile and Vinyl Cleaner and DuPont Stone Tech Heavy-Duty Alkaline Cleaner are two examples of alkaline cleaners. Refer to the label of your cleaning products to determine whether they are alkaline cleaners.

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