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Unread 06-25-2021, 09:01 AM   #1
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How do you clean the grout lines of indoor travertine flooring?

How do you clean the grout lines of indoor travertine flooring?

I know how to clean the top surface with an orbital floor machine.
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Unread 06-25-2021, 09:05 AM   #2
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Welcome, Shawn.

Some of us are confused. What part of the grout would you expect to clean that is not the top surface?
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Unread 06-25-2021, 09:34 AM   #3
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I think he just means that the grout joints are slightly recessed from the top surface of the tile. They should be cleaned at the same time with the same process, Shawn. I suppose you could clean the tops of the tiles, then go back and concentrate on the grout joints. But almost nobody likes drawing out such a process, so I assume you're the same...
-Flood the surface with your cleaner and allow it to dwell for about 5 minutes (your cleaner's instructions will generally give you a dwell time). Most folks use a high alkaline cleaner for this.
-Agitate the cleaner on the surface with whatever method you are using. An orbital machine might be harsh on your stone, depending on multiple factors including experience and the type of pad you use. So, I'd initially be hesitant to recommend such a machine. Whatever method you use, usually something with nylon bristles is necessary to get into the slight recesses of the grout joints.
-Wet vac the dirty mess from the floor before it dries (if it's a big floor, dividing the floor into smaller sections is usually a good idea).
-Rinse the floor with water to neutralize the high alkalinity.
-Wet vac the floor.
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Unread 06-25-2021, 09:46 AM   #4
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What do I get with nylon bristles?

The floor machine I have is the ORB550MC.
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I don’t understand:
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What do I get with nylon bristles?
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What kind of machine do I need to buy with nylon bristles?
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I’m saying that the cleaning head should be bristles, not the much more traditional scouring pad. The flexible nature of the bristles will allow them to reach down into the slight recesses of the grout joints better than the scouring pad will.

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Unread 06-26-2021, 12:34 PM   #8
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Yes, can you link me to a machine?

Or are you just talking about a toothbrush?
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You already have a floor machine. Does the cleaning head you have consist of a scouring pad or brushes?
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You can put different things on it.

I have 12 inch scouring pads.

So I need to find 12 inch brush pads that won't scratch up my travertine.
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Now that we know your machine weighs only 22 pounds (did a Google search of your machine model), I’m not as concerned with scratching. You machine weighs less than 1/5th of a commercial orbital machine. But I’d still read up and understand which pad you are using. The pads come in a variety of roughness (strip, scrub, clean, buff, or burnish). They are usually color-coded per manufacturer. I don’t think they will scratch unless you use the roughest pads that are meant to strip old finishes.

You don’t *need* a brush, but it will likely help clean the grout joints better than the pads. Talk to the supplier of this brush and tell them what operation you are doing so you don’t accidentally get too rough of a brush. There are some brushes with heavy grit impregnated onto the bristles that would harm your floor.

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I'm not knowledgeable enough to help but I would sure want to practice on a piece of travertine first just to see what works best.
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