One important item that should be completed is cleaning spills as quickly as possible.. This step is critical for long term upkeep. If the spill is something that is acidic, cleaning up as quickly as possible is extremely important. The stone's beauty is rapidly damaged by acid. The stone's porosity allows fluid penetration which allows acidic fluid to eat away the material from the inside out. This porosity and liquid penetration allows the natural stone to be stained easily. Cranberry juice can stain even if it is only in contact the surface for a few minutes. This is why wiping up spills rapidly is so critical to clean up spills quickly.
A different part of the long-term plan should be regular cleaning. At least once a week, you should dust and clean the countertops. Utilizing a cushy cloth, wipe off the surface, cleaning any build up. Since travertine is a very soft stone, grime can easily scratch the surface. So you should be easy during the wipe down. Once you have finished dusting, clean with a clean cloth or sponge damp with hot water and scrub. Be careful to remove any caked on food or liquid (if you have been vigilant about cleaning your messes, there should be no struggles. Once complete, you should wash the countertops with a cleaner specially made for travertine stone. These are cleaners that do not bleach, vinegar, citrus, ammonia or any other brutal chemicals. Prior to employing any chemicals, be sure to study the ingredients to make sure they are safe for your countertops.
About once per year, a countertop professional must inspect your travertine countertops for maintenance. He will provide you with any potential concerns and solutions for all concerns. The professional may also suggest resealing. This is simply applying a sealant which acts as a protective barrier to anything which could cause harm to your countertops.