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Unread 09-17-2021, 09:19 AM   #1
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Dry-Treat Dense Stone Impregnating Sealer

I'm planning on sealing a bathroom/shower floor soon. It's a white honed marble basketweave. I'm thinking about using Dry-Treat Dense Stone Impregnating Sealer.

Just curious if this is comparable to other sealers or really in its own league? I mean they claim it's a 25yr application. Sounds too good to be true.

Is there something else that would be better? My installer usually uses 511 impregnator and is not familiar with Dry-Treat Dense Stone. I'm looking for whatever will be best performing and not change the appearance or sheen of the tile.
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Unread 09-17-2021, 11:39 AM   #2
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Welcome, Alex.

Best approach would have been to use a ceramic tile that looked like marble, but that ship has sailed, yes?

Second best approach would be not to seal the shower floor at all. Consider that if you spill your red wine in the shower while the shower is running, it's not likely to stain, anyway. If you spill your red wine in the shower before turning it on, the sealer might give you a few more seconds to turn on the shower water before it stains your marble. Operative word there is might. See my warranty information below.

If you're not prone to drinking red wine in your shower, the sealer, any sealer, is likely to somewhat inhibit the ability for moisture in and under your shower floor tiles to evaporate. I'm just not a fan of sealing shower floor tile of any kind. And we see so many problems with the use of a white marble tile on shower floors (type marble shower into the Advanced Search feature) that I also strongly recommend against that.

The floor outside the shower? I dunno. Sealing might help in some circumstances and as long as your expectations are realistic, you might be happy using a sealer.

Whether any of the Dry Treat products is better than any of the other products on the market is something I cannot answer. Just don't know.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 09-17-2021, 12:57 PM   #3
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I agree completely with not sealing the shower tiles. Nothing is better than something, in this case.

As far as a comparison of performance of sealers, I think Dry Treat is in an elevated league of its own.

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the feedback. Marble in the shower is in, so that ship has sailed.

Question, is to seal or not seal. The installer is using epoxy grout for durabilty and easy cleaning and in unsealed samples, the marble darkened considerably. In a sealed sample the marble looks fine. I'm not too concerned with staining.

Is sealing with Dry treat Dense Stone Impregnator really going to give me problems with moisture evaporating?
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Epoxy grout and marble don’t necessarily play nice together. The resin from the epoxy can permanently stain the perimeter of stone tiles leaving a darker “picture frame”. With small mosaics, you might not see the picture framing, but just the darkening.

Will sealing cause trouble? There’s no upside, only a possible downside. I believe it’s less of a downside with Dry Treat, as it’s more breathable than the competition.

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