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Old 03-11-2019, 06:35 PM   #1
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Sealing travertine

Few questions. I should seal the travertine main bathroom floor (12×24), shower floor (2×2 squares), and 8x20 shower walls before I grout right? Then I can grout and seal the grout after?

Any suggestions on a great sealer for the travertine and grout? Also what kind of grout do you recommend?
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:10 AM   #2
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I've grouted a lot of travertine with no sealer on it. If you are going to seal, I would wait until after grouting and seal everything at once.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:27 AM   #3
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Oh ok I've just heard that sometimes it can stain.

I noticed on the tile I cut in the doorway that the film seems to be staying. Think its stained or buff it out?

What brand do you recommend for grout and sealer?
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:54 PM   #4
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Stonetech bulletproof work good on travertine?

Should I seal the shower floor also?
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:18 PM   #5
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:33 PM   #6
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StoneTech Professional indicates the use of Bulletproof for porous surfaces. Your Travertine porous?

Difference of opinion, but I would recommend not sealing the shower floor.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:32 PM   #7
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Honestly I'm not sure if it is, how can I tell?

What's the reason you wouldnt seal the shower floor cx?
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:03 AM   #8
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Or what about Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator*from the blue store. I see its half the price and wouldnt have to get it shipped. Is it not as good of a sealer since its cheap?
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:22 AM   #9
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I've never used the 511 sealer, Bryan, but it gets good reviews here.

I wouldn't seal the shower floor because it slows the passage of water vapor and the drying of the floor. And the only purpose of the sealer is to help prevent staining and allow for easier cleanup of spills and such. I've found that the red wine spills in that area tend to wash away down the drain almost as soon as they happen. Your mileage may vary.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:30 AM   #10
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Appreciate the feedback. Is there an ongoing discussion about this? Curious to hear pros and cons of each.

I would assume still at the very least seal the shower walls and the main bathroom floor correct?
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:51 PM   #11
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With areas that are not subjected to potentially staining liquids, there’s no reason to seal. And in a shower where you want moisture to escape freely from within a tile assembly, sealing works against the “moisture management system” that’s called a shower.

I won’t generally seal anything in a shower. No floors. No walls.

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:14 AM   #12
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Makes sense. So it sounds like I shouldn't even bother sealing the main bathroom floor either right? Then again what about foot traffic with shoes possible dirt etc?

Now what about grout? Same thing?
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Depends on what grout you decide to use.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:44 PM   #14
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I was thinking about trying out mapei flexcolor cq
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