*How to Care for Slate Flooring

July 14, 2011

Slate is a fantastic option for flooring due to its durability and natural design.  It is available as individual tiles or in larger sections with a variety of colors such as grey, green, black, brown, yellow, and more.   For outdoor flooring or walls, slate stones are usually tumbled or rough.  Indoor slate flooring is finished smooth.  Aside from its natural design and durability, slate’s advantage is its natural resistance to stains.  Due to the natural bonding of elements to create slate, liquids take longer to permeate the surface.  With the right care and maintenance, slate flooring will last for years.  Here are some tips to keep your slate floors looking good:

1)  Clean your slate floor regularly.  Use a dry mop to clear the floor of debris and dust as often as once a day.  Dirt and debris can cause scratching to the slate and stain the grout.

2)  Once a week, use a a damp mop and a mild floor cleaner. Avoid any strong chemicals as it can damage the color and finish of the floor.

3)  A slate floor can be waxed as long as it is water-based but most prefer an acrylic-based sealer to restore shine. The sealer likewise adds another layer of protection.

4)  Eventually, your slate floor may start to look dull.  It is best to strip and reseal your slate floor every few years.  Before doing any resealing, make sure you know the type of seal used on the floor.  If you are uncertain, you should call the manufacturer to inquire.  For optimum results, you may want to hire a professional to do this for you.

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