How to Remove Sealer From Porcelain Floors

Porcelain floor tiles are a durable and nonporous product that can be installed in any room of the home.

Porcelain tiles are nonporous and rarely require sealing.Porcelain tiles are nonporous and rarely require sealing.
While porcelain is nonporous, there are times when it may require sealing. Polished porcelains are frequently sealed during installation to help with the clean up and removal of grout. Other times, sealer may be applied directly to the grout, but can get on the porcelain tile, drying there. When there is dried sealer on the porcelain tile, it can make the tile tacky or sticky. Removing the sealer may require strippers if there is a great deal of sealer still on the tile.

Apply more of the sealer used on the porcelain to the tiles using a foam paintbrush. Sealer can frequently emulsify itself, softening the old sealer so it can be wiped away easily. Allow the new sealer to soften the old for approximately 10 minutes, and wipe up the sealer with a lint-free cloth.

Apply a sealant stripper to the tiles if the sealer has not emulsified. Apply the stripper to the stone with a foam paintbrush. Wipe the tiles with a lint-free cloth to remove the stripper and the sealant.

Rinse the tiles with water to remove any traces of the stripper or the sealant. Allow the tiles to dry naturally.

Things You Will Need

  • Additional sealer of the type applied to the floor
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Lint free cloth
  • Sealer stripper

About the Author

Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.