Tuesday, March 05 2013
Using Pine Sol on Travertine Floors:
Last Saturday I was called to a home to inspect, test, and measure a travertine floor. The floor was approximately (5) years old and was approximately 400 square feet. The floor had 24" tiles with 1/2" sanded grout lines. According to my client the floor was sealed about (5) years ago when it was installed. One of the questions I always like to ask is how do they take care of the floor and she explained to me that she uses Pine-Sol as the cleaning solution.
Pine-Sol which is manufactured by the Clorox Company is a great cleaning product and most people will tell you that they love the smell, and I do as well. Pine-Sol which is comprised of Pine Oil, Alcohol, and Salt has a pH level of 3-4 which makes it an acid. You could tell that the stone was becoming dull and the travertine failed my acid test which meant that the sealer was almost completely gone. Pine-Sol should NEVER be used on natural stone. The acidic compound of Pine-Sol will eventually dull and etch the stone. If used often enough and long enough it could permanently damage the travertine stone not to mention the sanded grout.
Travertine is best cleaned with a pH neutral cleaning solution or a pH level of 7.0. Often times you can pick up more grime by gently scrubbing the travertine stone using a neutral cleaning solution and a tampico brush. A stiff nylon brush can also scratch the stone so you want to becareful with the type of brush that you are using. Using two buckets, one to wash with and one to rinse with can also be a big help in keeping the floor clean. I hope this information has been helpful to you. If you have questions please contact me using the link below.