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SouthFl

02:42PM | 07/02/07
Member Since: 07/01/07
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Help ! I am having a home built and in designing of the kitchen I would like to know if Travertine is practical? I have been told conflicting opinons of the upkeep. What type of sealer needs to be used and does it require upkeep? I want to prevent any splatters from discoloring the tiles.

Tileguybob

10:06AM | 07/04/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
It will be a fine addition to your home. Use a good stone sealer like Aquamix Sealers Choice, Miracle 511 or products from MB Stone, Stone tech Pro or Stone Care International. Apply two coats with a sponge or rag after installation but before grouting, then a 3rd coat after the grout has cured, usually about a week.

Reapplication may not be needed for 5 or more years, depending on what types of cleaners you use on the stone.It would be best to check out stone cleaning products from the same companies mentioned above. Over the counter generic cleaners may have dyes that could discolor the grout or solvents that could eat away at the sealer and the stone.

A sealer is not a coating like polyurethane. Things can still soak in if left too long on the stone. The sealer slows down the absorption process allowing you time to get to the cleanup. Sealers are comprised of resin particles suspended in a liquid. When you apply the sealer the liquid evaporates leaving the resin in the nooks and crannies of the stone and grout so dirt and spills cant settle in.
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