Travertine pavers are one of the most popular outdoor landscaping solutions because of their clean, sophisticated appearance that complements virtually any home design. An understated yet sophisticated option, travertine pavers are unrivaled in beauty and durability. However, care still needs to be taken in order to ensure that they last as long as possible. If you want to extend the lifespan of your travertine pavers and keep them in their best condition, follow these simple tips for cleaning your outdoor deck tiles.
1. Remove weeds
Pesky weeds can often grow between the cracks in your travertine pavers, especially in the tiles closest to the edge of your yard. If you notice any unsightly grass or weeds pop up, tear them out from the root and apply a chemical weed deterrent to prevent it from recurring. Adding stone edgers between your travertine deck and the rest of your yard can also help create separation and prevent weeds from invading your travertine tiles.
2. Rinse & dust your pavers regularly
To minimize the wear patterns that can occur over time in natural stone, we recommend regularly rinsing and sweeping the area of any dust or debris. Rinse down your patio with your garden hose periodically, and use a power washer once a year to rid the travertine pavers of any caked-on dirt. However, make sure the pressure isn’t too high so you don’t unintentionally harm the surface of the pavers. You can also mop the surface using a mixture of warm water and non-abrasive cleaner. This will help remove any dirt or stains that weren’t resolved by sweeping or rinsing.
3. Avoid harsh cleaning agents
We often think of all outdoor surfaces as rugged and virtually indestructible, since they’re made to endure the elements. However, this isn’t always the case. While travertine pavers are good at withstanding tough weather, they can corrode with the use of harsh cleaning chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, or scouring powders. Products that contain lemon, vinegar, and other acids can also be damaging to your travertine tiles. Instead, use gentle, neutral cleaning agents that are specially formulated for natural stone pavers such as travertine. This can extend your travertine pavers’ lifespan and help you get the most value from your investment.
4. Re-seal your pavers every few years
If you want to ensure that your travertine pavers remain in pristine condition for years to come, have them re-sealed every three to five years as needed. Especially if your pavers are near a pool deck or exposed to icy conditions during winter, external sealant can extend your pavers’ life and prevent them from weathering over the years.
5. Be careful with heavy patio furniture
Whenever moving or shifting heavy furniture on your patio, be careful of damaging your travertine pavers. Dropping heavy wood or metal onto your pavers can cause them to crack or chip, so take a cautious approach when rearranging your new patio furniture or wheeling in your new barbecue.
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