How to Remove Sealer From Travertine

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If your travertine sealer is streaky or scratched, removal can improve the look of the travertine. It is also necessary to remove the sealer if you wish to attempt to re-coat the tiles. Although removal is not difficult, it can be a time-consuming process. Depending on the type of sealer and how many coatings were applied, it may take several attempts to fully remove.


Travertine is a natural stone which can be used for floor or counter surfaces in homes and offices.

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Things You'll Need

  • Stone Cleaning Product

  • Mop

  • Soft Cloth

  • Scrubbing Brush

  • Acetone

Step 1

Pour a small amount of acetone directly onto the travertine. If removing sealer from a large surface area, such as a floor, start in the back of the room, breaking the room up into small parts.

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Step 2

Scrub the travertine tile with a scrubbing brush, to work the acetone into the tile and loosen the sealer.

Step 3

Dampen a soft cloth. Wipe away the acetone and sealer residue. Repeat the process as needed, until all of the sealer is removed.


Step 4

Clean the travertine tile once the sealer is removed from the entire surface. Spray a stone cleaning product on the travertine and mop or wipe clean.