Natural stone forms like slate are loved universally for beauty, durability and minimal care. Yet a little attention would help maintain those natural good looks and keep them shining like new. Learn a little slate tile floor care and maintenance tricks.
Daily Care for Jade Green Slate
The task may seem difficult, but slate floors need a daily sweeping, particularly during the first few months after installing them. Small pieces fall off in a process called ‘spalling.’ Mop with a gentle cleanser. The cleaning lotion should not contain lemon or vinegar. pH neutral solutions would be best. After a clean water rinse, let the floor air dry or wipe with a soft cloth.
Sealing for San Rio Rustic Slate
Slate tile floors like many other natural stones require sealing to keep out water. Sealing also prevents stains and scratches and it is usually applied annually though, some slate varieties may need it more often. Test with a little water poured on the surface. If the dark spot remains longer than ten minutes, a sealer is needed.
Special Care for Montauk Blue Slate
Slate floors get scratched more than other floors! Use a little mineral oil to hide such a scratch. Sealing well prevents such scratches from occurring. Stains may be removed with a stain-removing poultice for stone floors. Using flour paste and hydrogen peroxide, it would be possible to make a poultice yourself. Allow the paste to sit overnight or for six hours, and cover it with a plastic sheet. Use a wet cloth or mild scraper to remove the mixture. More applications may be needed.
A list of Do’s and Don’ts!
The general guidelines may be followed to get the best out of slate floors
- Particularly when foot traffic is expected to be rather heavy, install rugs or mats to protect the floor
- On an annual basis, do apply sealer as a preventive against damage
- If and when they occur, spills should be cleaned up immediately before they settle in
- Mopping should best be done with a pH neutral cleaning product or a product manufactured particularly for natural stone
- Avoid sliding furniture across the floor that could cause damage, carry them across instead
- Abrasive cleaners need be avoided, and cleaners that contain bleach, lemon or vinegar
- Do not shift furniture across the floor without a protector to guard the lower surfaces
- Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar that sweeps the slate floors
Some tips are common sense, and getting used to the routine is easy. The natural stone slate tiles in the collection bring warmth and character to the home. Look forward to many happy years of slate flooring.