Tumbled travertine tile is a hard tile, but is subject to scratching and staining just like limestone, slate, or non-tumbled travertine tiles. It isn't as hard as granite but is more cost-effective to install. Cleaning it is not difficult if you take a few precautions.
Before Cleaning the Tile
Be sure you have brushed away all crumbs if it's a countertop or swept a tumbled travertine floor with a soft broom. It is not recommended to use a vacuum cleaner on tumbled travertine as it can scratch and damage the tile.
Using Commercial Cleaners
Dealers that sell tumbled travertine tile usually also sell tile cleaners that are totally safe for repeated usage. Check with your local dealer for this product. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Simple Cleaning Process
Wet a sponge with warm water and put a drop of detergent on it to create foam. Wash the entire counter thoroughly then rinse well with clean water. You can allow it to air dry or dry with a soft cloth or towel.
Cautions about Cleaning Tile
Never use any product that contains an acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. This will put the tile and dull the surface. Never use steel wool or scouring cleansers. Mop up all spills immediately, especially coffee, juice or wine. Use coasters to prevent rings.