These Travertine wall tiles were laid in a brick pattern in a large shower cubicle in a house in Market Rasen. As you can see from the photographs, the tiles hadn’t been cleaned for a couple of years and had become discoloured with mould, especially along the grout line and silicone sealant.
There was also staining from the dyes you get in shampoos and shower gels. Mould is a common problem in wet areas and it usually down to insufficient ventilation. The owner wanted to sell her house and was keen to get the shower looking like new again.
Cleaning Travertine Shower Tiles in Market Rasen
I cleaned the Travertine wall tiles using Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel which is a strong alkaline tile and grout cleaning product. Being in a gel form it works well on vertical surfaces where a long dwell time is required to break down dirt, grime.
I left the Oxy-Gel to dwell and soak into the grout and tile for around ten minutes before scrubbing with a stiff handheld brush applying water as I went to help lubricate and rinse the area. Scrubbing works the gel into the tile and grout loosening the dirt along the way and allowing it be washed away.
Sealing the Travertine Shower Tile and Grout
The wall was wiped down and allowed to dry for before applying the sealer. There are several products you can use for sealing Travertine and in this case, I used Tile Doctor Ultra Seal which provides stain protection without changing the appearance of the tile.
The last step was to remove and replace the silicone seal between the Travertine tile and the shower tray, there was some mould build up on the original silicone which once it gets a hold into the silicone it cannot be removed and so it’s always best to replace. At the end I had one happy customer and I think you will agree I achieved the aim of making it look like new again.
Once done I advised my client that the new sealer should make the future cleaning much easier going forward and protect the tile and grout from further issues. For best results however I recommend rinsing down the shower tile with cold water after having a shower and cleaning with a gentle but effective cleaning product such as Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro. Strong bleach based cleaning products will strip the sealer away so best avoided.