Thursday, November 29 2012
Pet Urine and Travertine Floors:
Every week, without exception, someone is contacting us about their pet urinating on their travertine floors and what can be done. This blog is for both dog owners and cat owners alike. Pets, even the best trained pets, can have an accident on the floor. Unlike children they can not tell you when they need to "go potty." I personally believe that our dog, Kimo, will occasionally urinate on the floor because he is mad at us for leaving him alone too long.
Travertine stone is often called a "soft stone" because it etches and scratches so easily. If you put a drop of acid on travertine you will notice that it will fizzle almost immediately, that is because of the presence of calcium carbonate in the stone. Any kind of acid, such as coffee, vinegar, tea, soda pop, lemon juice, etc., can and will etch travertine if it comes in contact with the stone long enough. One of the reasons why you should use a high quality sealer is because it will create a barrier between the stone and the urine (acid substance) giving you time to clean it up before it etches the stone.
A good thing to have around the house is some dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle. The typical dish soap has a pH level of 8.0 which makes it an alkaline. The alkaline in the soap will neutralize the acid in the pet urine once applied. This can limit the amount of etching/damage to the stone. Here are some tips to remember:
1). Have a small mixture of dish soap & water in a spray bottle located in a convenient location;
2). Have some bar towels handy or paper towels handy;
3). Before blotting up the urine spray on the dish soap. As I mentioned to you earlier this will neutralize the acid in the urine;
4). Blot with bar towels or paper towels - DO NOT RUB or WIPE. BLOT, BLOT, BLOT;
5). Rinse with clean water and BLOT, BLOT, BLOT.
If your travertine floor has been etched by pet urine or any type of acid it will need to be repaired by a professional. A professional should be able to remove the etch marks, scratches, etc. from your travertine floors making them beautiful once again. I hope this information has been helpful to you.
Until Next Time,