How to Protect a Travertine Tabletop From the Elements

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Travertine tile, commonly used for flooring and tile backsplashes, can make a great looking tabletop. Since travertine is a semi-porous stone, it is important to seal the stone to prevent it from stains if someone spills a drink on it. Travertine is susceptible to acidic staining even after it is sealed. This means, if you spill something like orange juice on the tile, it could cause a stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Alkaline stone cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lamb's wool roller
  • Travertine sealer
  • Clean the surface of the travertine with an alkaline stone cleaner. This will remove all of the dirt and oil that could prevent the sealer from adhering to the surface of the travertine.

  • Dry the surface of the travertine with a microfiber or lint-free towel.

  • Tape off the areas around the travertine that you do not want to seal. Also, place drop cloths around the table in the event any of the sealer gets onto the floor.

  • Apply one coat of travertine stone sealer to the surface of the travertine with a lamb's wood paint roller. Allow adequate drying time per the instructions provided with the sealer. You will likely need 24 hours.

  • Apply a second coat of sealer over the travertine. Again, allow adequate drying time. Honed travertine will require additional coats of sealer because it is more porous than polished travertine.

  • Polish the dried sealer with a microfiber cloth to bring out the shine.

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