Sealing Slate Tile
If you have a slate tiled floor, you know that it absorbs liquids very quickly.
Although sealing slate won't completely stop liquids from absorbing into it, it will give you more time to wipe up spills.
Our recommendation would be sealing slate tile when it's first installed and sealing after a deep cleaning every year, depending on your foot traffic.
If you don't have a lot of traffic moving through your slate floors, you can wait two or even three years.
There are many types of sealers for natural stone and depending on what the finish you want, will depend on the type of sealer to use.
For a natural look we recommend sealing slate with a penetrating sealer.
The slate tile sealer we recommend is a color enhancer penetrating sealer.
A color enhancer will not only protect the slate, but darken the stone, bringing out the natural colors.
How to Seal Slate Tile
The first thing you need to know before doing anything to your floor is find out if there is any kind of coating on the floor.
If there is a coating it needs to be stripped off, which is a different process than described below.
Clean your slate tile thoroughly with a neutral cleaner or if it's badly soiled, you can use an akaline stone cleaner to break down dirt and grease build-up.
Once the slate surface is clean, dry it with a cotton or microfiber cloth. It's very important the slate is dry before any sealer is applied.
In some cases, if the slate is more porous, it may need 24 to 72 hours to dry before applying a sealer.
If you're sure the slate is completely dry, you can apply the sealer evenly using a lamb's wool applicator or any soft cloth.
Not all sealers behave the same and if you're using a water based sealer, it will take longer to dry compared to a solvent based sealer.
It's important not to let the sealer puddle up as any unwanted residue can dry up and even stain some stones.
After applying a second coat of sealer, dry buff with either a microfiber or cotton cloth, making sure to remove all excess sealer. You don't want to see any streaks left by the sealer
If you do see streaks left by the sealer, re-activate the sealer with some more sealer, and then buff off.
Maintaining Slate TileMaintaining slate can be easy, as long as you know what cleaners are best and how to use them.
When cleaning slate we recommend using a neutral floor cleaner. Neutral meaning neautral pH or pH of 7 on the pH scale.
For daily cleaning, use a microfiber mop, with warm water and your neutral cleaner. Mop your floor and dry with dry mop.
If you start to see dirt building up in the grout lines, use a soft bristled brush or grout brush to clean them. Wet the grout lines with your cleaning solution first and then scrub, wipe and dry.
When it comes to sealing slate tile or cleaning ceramic tile and grout, we strive to help educate our customers on the best protection they can have, helping them save time and money in costly restoration costs down the road.
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