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Old 10-10-2010, 01:53 PM   #1
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We're installing honed/filled travertine tile in our guest bathroom on the floor and on the walls for the tub/shower combo. Should travertine be sealed and if so should it be done prior to installation, after installation but before grout, or after grout? If it is done before installation, should be back be sealed as well?

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here's what i found. with slate, you have to seal before grout or the grout just sticks in the cracks. i just did a travertine install two weeks ago and did not seal before grout or thinset. no residue what so ever was present but i also made sure not to let any dry on the tile. grout haze wiped right off and i sealed the floor with 511. sprayed it and let it set 15 minutes and wiped off.

so, in short, you probably could seal it twice but i found there was no need to until it was all complete.

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Thanks racebum. I was worried because all we've done so far has been slate and we had the same issues as you mentioned. Good to know that travertine will be a little easier to work with. I do love the slate though...every tile is so unique...like art in the bathroom.
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Honed and filled travertine has no uneven surfaces in which grout will collect. So, unlike the slate, there really is no reason to pre-seal to make grouting easier or prevent it from sticking to the face of the tile.

There are exceptions to this. For instance, if you are using a very light travertine and choose a very dark grout you may want to pre-seal the travertine to keep the grout from staining the tile.

Do not ever seal the back of tile. It may prevent the thinset from getting a good grip on the tile and preventing a solid installation.

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After 25 years of installing tile and stone it's been my experience to seal ALL stone (Marble, travertine, slate, etc.) before and after grouting. This will eliminate all room for error regardless of grout color or stone texture. It's inexpensive insurance and it gives your stone protection BEFORE anyting has a chance to penetrate the surface. In some cases you may be able to get away with not sealing prior to grouting but why take a chance? The worst that could happen is that your honed filled Travertine gets an extra coat of sealer. Never seal the back side of the stone for proper adhesion. Hope this helps. Dean... Quality Tile, Inc.
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Hey Dean,

Welcome to the forum. I figured you'd find us one day.

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Thanks for the warm welcome Jaz. This looks like a great forum. Looking forward to working with everyone.

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