How do I clean my travertine shower?

How do I clean my travertine shower?

Are you asking yourself, "How do I clean my travertine shower?" The number one most important thing to know when cleaning your natural stone showers is, DO NOT use an acidic cleaner. That means no vinegar, no CLR, and basically no shower cleaning products sold to you at Target, Walmart, Grocery Stores etc... So what can you use? You can use any neutral PH balanced cleaner. What is that you ask? Well,  first, you need a little chemistry lesson. All cleaning solutions are given a number on the PH scale. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 and is a measure of a solution's acidity or alkalinity. A pH of 7 is neutral; a pH less than 7 is acidic; and a pH greater than 7 is alkaline, or basic.

Now that we know what a pH scale is and that you must use a NEUTRAL pH cleaner (7) I will give you some examples of cleaners that you CAN use for cleaning your natural stone shower. If you are looking to go the more natural route then dish soap may be an option for you. Dish soap comes very close to 7 on the scale.  You can also use a little baking soda and water mixture to scrub down the walls. The baking soda has a bit of a gritty texture making it a bit easier to clean off rust buildup and mold. If you want something a bit more powerful your local home improvement store will have a neutral pH cleaner in their tile section. Here is a link to a neutral cleaner at Home Depot. Neutral Stone Cleaner It is important to keep in mind that travertine and marble showers are really hard to clean and maintain because they are so susceptible to etching. You really need to use a professional stone cleaning service, like ours, to get your natural stone walls cleaned up.

For more information see my other blog regarding etching Etch Marks & What You Can Do About Them and also my other blog post White Stuff on Shower Walls

Tile Cleaning 101

Tile Cleaning

Tile Cleaning

If you are reading this then you are probably look for tile cleaning information…

The basics: ceramic and porcelain tile are cleaned using the same method. We use one of two chemicals, an alkaline or an acidic based soap, depending upon the texture of the floor on which we are working. Let’s say your floor is highly textured, meaning rough and/or pitted. We would use a highly alkaline soap because it works well removing grease and dirt out of the little grooves in the tile. If we are working on grout that has been stained we would use a highly acidic cleaner because it removes a thin layer of grout revealing the clean surface underneath.

Travertine, Marble and Limestone are all cleaned with a neutral based tile soap. This means that it is neither alkaline nor acidic. Acids will ruin your stone floor! Do NOT use acid on your travertine, marble or limestone as it will etch the surface leaving behind dull spots that can only be removed through polishing. See our video on travertine polishing and read more about etch marks on our stone website What is an etch mark? Some house keepers like to use a bit of vinegar in their cleaning buckets… beware that this may dull the surface of your floor as vinegar is acidic.