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ICAN/ATEX: How long do I have to wait before sealing a floor?

August 21, 2013
KEYWORDS floor / seal / slate / wait
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I will be sealing a slate stone tile floor. It is in a natural state right now.

It is two years old and needs to be scrubbed before I seal it.

After I scrub it, do I have to wait 48 hours for it to dry thoroughly before I seal it?

I will be using a water based sealer/finish.

Wednesday’s Answer:

Forty-Eight hours may be an excessive wait and allow the floor to resoil before you seal it.

The slate will dry quickly unless there is high humidity.

The grout will hold moisture longer, but the wait need not be more than several hours.

Do your scrubbing and rinsing, use a wet vac for pickup, touch up with a clean mop, and set a fan or two to  ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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