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Unread 05-10-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Sealing imperfections in travertine floor

We recently had a travertine floor installed in our home. We sealed it with Miracle 511 seal and enhanced. My daughter walked on the flood before it was dry. We were told polishing or buffing the floor would take out the footprints and other swipe marks. We buffed using a rental and it did nothing. Help! Love our floors and spent a lot to get this beautiful stone. Is it ruined?
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Unread 05-10-2014, 11:10 PM   #2
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Hi Lisa, welcome.

It's not ruined, but you may be in for some work to restore it. Let's ask some questions before we start throwing out solutions that may or may not help you. We like to dispense specific advice to each person we help.

It kind of sounds like the sealer was applied, but not buffed dry immediately after the "3-5 minute dwell time". Sealer isn't meant to be applied and left to dry like a coat of paint. It's meant to be buffed dry before it dries on its own.

Compare the steps you guys used in the application of this sealer to these directions. Any differences?

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Hi Lisa, Welcome!

Is this travertine honed or polished?

How long ago was the sealer first applied?

Photos will also help.

Same questions that Bubba has.

In the meanwhile, you can try taking a small amount of the 511 on a rag and rub it onto the floor to reemulsify the existing sealer and buff dry. If the existing sealer has been on too long and fully cured, you may need to have your floor honed and/or polished.

The good news is that the floor is not ruined.
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I don't know as much as the experts here, but I'm pretty sure the sealer won't re-emulsify if it's the water base version. And certain enhancers are not strippable.
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Hi John

This is a solvent based sealer.

The floor does not need to have the enhancer below the surface removed, only the excess from the top.
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