If you have children or pets running around a lot, you might need to regularly disinfect your floors. Usually, this is done with a chemical like bleach or a product such as vinegar. However, we’ve already said those are two huge no-nos for travertine. To properly disinfect travertine floors, you can use mild, non-acidic dish soap. Add only about a tablespoon to a gallon of warm water and mop the floor following the above steps.
Using a soft cloth or towel, dry the floor as soon as possible to prevent streaks from forming. You can also leave the floor to air dry, but be sure to avoid walking on it until it fully dries off. On the other hand, you can let it mostly air dry, and use a dry cloth on any areas that are still wet.
Finally, every two years, apply a high-grade sealant to your travertine floors. Sealants come in two types, writes Elite Coatings – penetrating sealer and a surface sealer. While you could purchase just one, they are better used in conjunction to stop liquids from damaging the stone.