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Unread 05-21-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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Best sealer and grout for CLEAN travertine?

I am planning on putting 4 x 4 travertine tiles and a travertine basket weave mosaic on my powder room floor (see photo below of a neighbour's floor that I'll be copying - ignore cardboard at botom of pic). This room sees alot of traffic so I'd like the tiles and the pale grout to be as easy to wash as possible. We have already put two coats of "Fila MP90 Stain Protection for Natural Stones" on the tiles (an impregnating sealer).
I have 3 questions:
1) Has anyone used Fila MP90? Will it do the job in terms of keeping tile and grout stain-free??
2) Should I put a topcoat sealer on the tiles and the grout once we've installed them or another coat of the Fila mP90? I really want washability.
3) Would using Spectralock grout be a good option for this type of tile (will it be hard to use with the basket weave tiles)? Is it really easier to keep clean than regular grout?
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Unread 05-21-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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Hi Debbie,

Never tried Fila MP90 myself,but maybe someone will be along to help with that sealer.Spectralock would be your best option,but not easier the regular grout.It doesn't need to be sealed though so you could eliminate a step.
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Unread 05-21-2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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Any of the SUrface Treatment Technologies sealers would work very well for this. you can contact myself or John Koessler for more info. Extremely effective, cost effective and very easy to apply and remove the excess
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Unread 05-22-2010, 11:36 AM   #4
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Hi Debbie, Welcome!

As Michael, I've never used Fila products. I'm sure they're quality products, but have never been popular in my area. In fact they've been pulled from the shelves at one of my tile distributors due to inadequate support from the manufacturer.

Ditto what Cameron said about the STT Product Line. I do carry their products in smaller quantities than shown on the manufacturers website.

Personally, I'd rather stick with cement based grouts in your application. With proper sealing and maintenance, you'll be very happy with the end results.

You will need to consider maintenance products as well as sealers to maintain a pristine installation.
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Unread 05-22-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Hi John,
Thanks for your reply - why would you stick with cement for this project?
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Unread 05-22-2010, 10:06 PM   #6
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Hi Debbie

From what I can tell the basket weave has some very tight grout joints. If that is the case, unsanded cement grout performs very well. Most epoxies use colored sand and Part's A & B liquids (resin & hardener). Some epoxies are resin/hardener only with limited color selections.

While epoxy grouts don't stain, they will soil. They will still require maintenance, just as a cement grout will.

With the cement grouts & sealers that are available today, I only use epoxy in special situations, or when a client demands it.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 07:09 PM   #7
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Hi John,
Thanks for the reply. I've already put a coat of the Fila MP90 impregnating sealer. Can I put the STT sealer over this? Or will I have problems with pealing etc..?
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Hi Debbie

I haven't found a sealer that the STT SB won't penetrate. With impregnating sealers, there's no issues of peeling.
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