How to Disinfect Travertine

Travertine is a sedimentary rock commonly used in the construction of flooring, patio tiles and counter tops. Proper care of your Travertine is important to prevent it from becoming dull and dirty. Using certain chemicals to clean the rock can cause stains, spotting and fading, however: the best way to clean your Travertine tiles is with natural products.

White Vinegar

Put straight white vinegar in a sprayer bottle or in a mop bucket.

Use white vinegar in the sprayer bottle on Travertine counter top surfaces or use a mop to coat the floor to disinfect. Use as much as needed.

Apply white vinegar with a course cloth rag instead of a spray bottle or to more closely control the amount of vinegar applied to the surface.

Rubbing Alcohol

Mix a solution of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water in a 2-1/2 gallon bucket. The alcohol will kill any germs or bacteria on particles left behind in the pores of the stone.

Test a sample area first to be sure your material is not discolored by this method.

Use a cloth rag or mop and apply directly to the surface area.


Mix a solution of 25 percent bleach and 75 percent water.

Apply directly to the Travertine surface area using a spray bottle.

Coat the area and buff with a cloth towel. The bleach will disinfect and remove odors left behind in the porous Travertine.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Mop
  • Cloth

About the Author

Jason Gabriel is a technical writer with a graduate degree from the University of Alabama. His work has been recognized and published by universities, businesses and the government. Gabriel was the winner of the Arizona Statehood Writing Contest.