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Old 02-25-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
Dennis Kretzschmar
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sealing travertine in steam shower

I completed my steam shower and lined it with travertine tile, which at this time, I would have to conclude was not the best material to use. What I have found is when I use the steam on 2 or 3 consecutive days, the tiles around the steam outlet have absorbed moisture and are darker than the other tiles. It takes almost a week to dry out the tiles with a small fan.

After tile installation, I sealed 3 times with a water-based sealer from a tile store ($175/gal) and have most recently gone over the shower area with 511 Impregnator and over the steam outlet area twice more.

Since steam is still being absorbed into the tile, I'm wondering what I might be able to seal that steam outlet area with to prevent this.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 02-25-2007, 05:45 PM   #2
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Hi Dennis

I can only recommend to continue to apply your 511 Impregnator in 24 hr. increments, until the sealer no longer darkens the stone. You may also want to check and make sure that the opening for the steam head nipple is sealed with silicone.
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