The Do’s and Don’ts of Slate Tiles – Refinishing and Maintaining

Slate, unlike its other Spanish version, is a lot more porous and dense throughout the stone. Among the tile flooring options, slate floors are durable. They also have a variety of colors and texture. Slate tile flooring has those pores that can collect grease, dirt, oil and grime which can weaken the sealer over time. The treatment of stone, especially on floors, has evolved over decades as competition in the market has brought in new products for consumers. Old finishes must be removed, so that the stone and grout can be properly cleaned and all stains and marks can be removed.

Refinishing your slate floors is a task that requires more determination than you’d imagined. Here is a step-by-step guide on how do go about it. You will use:

  • Acetone stripping product
  • Floor scrubber
  • A few old towels
  • Old brush
  • Adhesive tape
  • Plastic covering
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Respirator Bucket and mop
  • A stone cleanser with right pH
  • Penetrating color enhancer
  • Distilled water

Slate tile flooringHow to go about it in steps:

  • Remove all your furniture and clean your floor properly to get rid of any loose dirt
  • Tape the ends of your floor along the lines of the baseboards or changeover to other types of floor or carpeting.
  • Generously apply acetone stripper to the grout lines. Use an old tooth brush to soak them in advance
  • Mix the stripper in water in the right amounts. Turn on your scrubber.
  • Strip your floor by running the scrubber sideways in an even manner. Once you’re done, if you still find stuff on the floor, then strip that same part again from another direction. Switch off the scrubber and dry the floor if necessary.
  • Brush hard and strip the corners using your hand brush and the stripping product. Mop your floor with the cleanser and then go on to rinse with distilled water. Dry your floor immediately and add color enhancing product if desired.
  • Clean your floor thoroughly to get rid of every bit of dirt.
  • Apply the finish sealer as per directions. You may need to apply many coats. Make sure your first coat dries fully before the next cover is applied.

Tiring and taxing procedure, right? In order to avoid this as far as possible, follow the simple maintenance steps for your slate tile flooring. The actual care and maintenance of slate floors is not complicated. The main reason for its deterioration can be traced back to neglect.

Of all the procedures, dust-mopping the wrong way probably causes the most damage. Dust, dirt and grit are what causes most surfaces to scratch. If this can be eliminated, the problem would cease to exist. Dust mop your floor at least once a day. In areas with heavy traffic, do it twice or thrice a day. Do not use oil-treated dust mops on slate flooring. You must always dust-mop the floor in one direction only. And while storing the mop, be sure to keep its head off the ground.

Designate only one dust-mop for each type of flooring. If the floor is wet, make sure to dry it before dust-mopping. Welcome- mats, rugs and walk-off mats also help to keep dust and dirt away. Use rubber or jute-backed mats or rugs on your slate floor. Clean your mats daily if possible. Never place a mat on a wet slate floor.

Follow these simple daily steps and watch your slate floors look as beautiful as they were.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Slate Tiles – Refinishing and Maintaining was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by Jason Valasek