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wax removal from Travertine

by Teresa Leonardi
(Tampa Fl)

original owners of a newly purchased home with travertine floors, had the floors waxed not sealed.

Should the wax be removed and with what product.

Once it is removed should it be sealed. Should this removal be done by a professional or can I tackle the problem.

The wax on the tile seems to be scuffed up and does not look good. Any help is appreciated.


Teresa Leonardi

Hi Teresa,

I"m sorry to hear about your wax on your travertine floor. This can be a difficult task to remove but you can do it if you do it in small sections.

You will need a wax remover to do the job. I would go to a janitorial store and ask for one that is safe for natural stone.

The challenge with removing wax is the product may etch the travertine tile.

You will need to perform a test area in an inconspicuous area to see if the tile becomes etched.

If it becomes etched you will want to find a different product.

When removing wax from natural stone, we almost always etch the floor and then depending on the finish of the travertine tile, we will either hone and polish or hone the floor.

Honing and polishing is best left to a professional.

You can try a small area yourself and see if the finish will be satisfactory or if you don't want the headache, you can call a professional to come remove, hone and polish.

Hiring a professional will be expensive, but will leave you with a beautiful floor.

I know you want to hear that this is an easy fix, but I'm afraid, when people put coatings on natural stone, they create problems down the road.

This is not an easy fix and can be expensive to correct.

I wish I could give more advice, but I can't explain everything in just one post.

Thank you,


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