How to remove a stain from travertine tile

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How to remove a stain from travertine tile
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Travertine tile is made from a type of limestone. Its neutral shades of tan, white and cream add classic appeal to your home. Because travertine is a natural stone and porous in nature, it absorbs stains into the stone rather than having them only affect the surface. Removing stains from travertine quickly before they have a chance to be absorbed is the best way in which to deal with them. If a stain is absorbed into your tile, you can still remove it completely by drawing the stain out.

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Bucket
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloths
  • Bowl
  • 1 cup diatomaceous earth
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Commercial rust remover
  • Spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cling film

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  1. 1

    Soak up liquid from the stain with paper towels. Remove as much from the surface as possible before working on the stain.

  2. 2

    Mix a few drops of mild dish-washing detergent with warm water in a bucket. Wet a sponge with the soapy solution before squeezing it out. Wipe the surface of your travertine tile to remove the stain from the surface.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 cup diatomaceous earth in a bowl. Mix in enough of one of the following liquids to make a thick, peanut-butter-like paste: water for greasy stains, hydrogen peroxide for organic stains, ammonia for biological stains and commercial rust remover for rust stains. Stir the two ingredients together with a spoon.

  4. 4

    Cover the site of the stain with the paste using a rubber spatula. Apply the paste so it's at least 1/2-inch thick and goes beyond the edges of the stain. Lay a piece of cling film over the paste.

  5. 5

    Allow the paste to sit on your travertine tile until it dries. Peel off the cling film and remove the dried paste with your spatula.

  6. 6

    Dampen a clean cloth and wipe the travertine tiles. Dry with another clean cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Cleaning travertine tile with too much moisture can damage the tile. Always squeeze out your cleaning cloth or sponge.
  • A poultice can take up to 48 hours to dry and remove your stain. Keep the area closed off so children and pets can't get to the poultice.
  • Avoid rubbing and scrubbing with the use of abrasive tools or cleansers as these will all damage your tile.

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