If you venture into the Roman Forum ruins and the leftover bathhouses in Caracalla, you’ll find an ancient stone that would look all the better, had their master builders had trusty sealant formulas to fill in the holes. In the ancient bathhouses of Caracalla, Bath and Wiesbaden, the travertine stone has a very porous surface which makes them incredibly susceptible to water stains.
In the modern world, we use this very rock for our countertops. When water spots happen to form, it’s a tell-tale sign that the seal is dissipating. If you leave the spots there for a long time, they can form permanent etching. That’s why treating your stone the moment you see water spot is so crucial. Here are a few cautionary steps you can take to preserve the rock.
For Cleaning Products, Choose Wisely:
Common household cleaners are not a suitable means of cleaning your travertine. If they are found in a Publix, then they more than likely have a high pH level and can do more damage than anything. Yes the level of acidity and alkaline content can remove stains but they will create permanent damage that strips away the seal and results in chemical reactions. We would recommend Granite Gold Shower Cleaner® and Granite Gold All-Surface Cleaner®.
Find the Ideal Scrubbing Pad:
If the damage is great, you may have to do some intense scrubbing. But if you use bathroom brushes and steel wood pads, they may be too harsh on your stone, especially if you are dealing with marble and sandstone. Be sure that you use something like a soft and gentle nylon brush or a safe-on-stone granite cleaning pad.
Axe Water Deposits:
When you look at a stain, it’s important to understand the science of what you are looking at. These stains are calcium and magnesium deposits that have accumulated over time. Using a single edge razor blade to scrape off the surface of the stone is the way to go. After that, soak up that spot with the granite cleaners we recommended, then use the stone-safe pad to scrub. Follow these easy steps and your stone will be squeaky clean.
Avoiding More Stains
So your stone is clean and sparkly now, but you want to keep it this way. In order to avoid the stains from infecting your natural stone in the future, be sure to apply a granite sealer. Sealing is the cherry on top.