Slate Cleaning

Slate is found in large deposits most commonly concentrated in continental coastal regions. These areas are where ancient oceans collected silt and other mineral elements which remain long after these oceans have receded. The material elements left behind in these former ocean beds – soil, clay and other random minerals – are exposed to tremendous pressures and heat over the course of millennia. The heat and pressure to which these materials are subject forge them into a rugged, naturally durable stone we recognize as slate. The minerals that are often found in slate quartz, mica, chlorite, and others act as stabilizing agents, allowing the slate to be very resistant to all kinds of stresses. This mixture of random materials explains the naturally varied hues from tile to tile, given that the mineral content in the stone will be equally varied. The harsh beginnings of slate tile stone flooring makes for a very durable and visually striking material that is highly suitable for flooring for inside or outside. Slate is an excellent combination of durability and sustained beauty with distinctive surfaces, ease of installation, workability, and its natural slip-resistance.

Pros of Slate
– Strong and durable
– Adds value to your home
– Easy to Clean
– Great for indoor and outdoor applications
– Does not stain
– Slip free surface

Cons of Slate
– Lots of variations
– Not a consistent thickness
– Can break or chip eaisly


Slate Cleaning: Care & Maintenance

Slate requires some care and attention in order to maintain its original appearance. Many stone tiles including slate are porous in nature, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation, staining, deterioration, etc. Special impregnating or penetrating sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. We always apply sealers to any slate applications. Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth clean up most spills. Slate is a slip free surface, requiring few special precautions. It is extremely durable, stain and water resistant and easy to care for. Avoid the use of cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners also avoid vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners. With the proper care, your slate’s beauty will last for generations.


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