Using Oxiclean on Travertine:
Lately I have received a lot of inquiries on wether or not you can use OxiClean laundry detergent on travertine tile floors. By looking at a box of OxiClean you will notice they recommend it for many uses including tile and grout. If you have kept up with my other blogs you will notice that we speak highly of Oxiclean from OrangeGlo. But is it something that should be used on a travertine floor? Before we answer that let's take a look at what is in OxiClean.
OxiClean is composed of the following materials:
1). Around 80% of the box is Sodium Carbonate (a precursor to Sodium Bicarbonate or BAKING SODA)
2). Ethoxylated Alcohols, C10-16
3). Sodium Silicate
4). Around 10% is Sodium Percarbonate. This is the bleaching agent that removes stains.
5). Less than 1% is Subtilsim. This is a protein, a digestive enzyme, commonly found in contact lens cleaner.
OxiClean is a high alkaline 'STAIN FIGHTER' with a pH level of between 10-11.5. It gets its alkalinity from the Sodium Carbonate, Ethoxylated Alcohols, and Sodium Silicate. Even though OxiClean is non-acidic I can not recommend it for cleaning natural stone floors and this would include Travertine. The pH level is high enough to eventually break down the sealer and any other protectant you may have on the floor. Once the sealer is gone from your travertine you could permanently etch/damage your beautiful travertine floor. If you do not thoroughly rinse your travertine you will leave the floor in a high alkaline state and it will attract even more dirt making your problem even worse. The dirt and yuk will accumulate even faster. There is nothing on the box to indicate that OxiClean cuts grease and grime only stains. Most of the yuk on your travertine floor comes from grease, oils and dirt. On more than one occasion we have recieved calls from people who have attempted to clean their tile and grout floors with OxiClean only to give up after a few hours of back breaking work.
Special care should be taken when cleaning and protecting a natural stone floor like travertine. These floors are one of a kind masterpieces that should be cleaned and protected by a competent professional to ensure their longevity and beauty. If you have a travertine floor that needs to be professionally cleaned then give us call at (916) 525-2456 for a FREE no obligation in home estimate. I hope this blog was helpful to you... I can be reached at email@example.com.
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