Slate is a metamorphic that is tough, flaky and durable tile which is composed of compressed mud. Making it into a beautiful flooring material, the layer splits easily. Slate can be honed or polished as well as use the natural tile or cleft. Slate is frequently used more in mudrooms and bathrooms though very versatile. In order to manage the beauty, condition, and lifespan, no matter where you have it, it needs proper maintenance and care that, today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to offer.
Spalling After Slate Installation
Spalling, which is the natural cleft flaky stone, can be expected to flake and break away from the tile up to about the first 3 months after installation. Spalling is a normal process slate undergoes as the slate settles. You will notice the excessive dust and small chips underfoot after the installation. To remove the chips and dust to preserve the slate’s condition, be sure to adamantly sweep the slate tile daily. Use a vacuum to clear the debris, either a hard surface vacuum or a vacuum with the beater bar deactivated with the bare floor setting. From normal daily activity the spalling will stop, and the dust and debris develops once the slate settles.
Acidic and alkaline cleaners will likely cause the surface to etch because slate is a natural stone. It will be especially noticeable on slate that has been polished or honed though it may not be noticeable on cleft slate. To manage the grit and debris, you need to sweep or vacuum the floor daily or as often as possible. Utilize a natural stone cleaner and a cleaner with neutral pH level to wash the flooring. By staying away from any cleaners that have lemon or other citrus, or vinegar-based cleaners, avoid etching and other damage. After you have washed the slate tile, use a damp cloth or mop to rinse the cleaner off the surface. With a soft cloth to prevent water spots dry polished and honed slates. For routine maintenance, professional cleaning is including. To remove the buildup that normal washing cannot cut through, hire a specialist to deep clean your slate tile every 6-12 months.
Slate Tile Sealing
There are many variations of slate tile, including some made with quartzites. Since most slate is naturally porous, moisture and staining substances can be easily absorbed. Seal the slate every year or more often if needed to prevent staining and moisture buildup. By pouring an ounce or so of water on the surface, you can test the sealant. You need a new sealant application if after 10 minutes the water made the area darker. The sealant can last up to about a year, depending on the cleaning, care, and foot traffic. Contact a professional for sealing services to make sure that the sealing is done well. Before the sealant application to avoid trapping moisture, debris, and stains, keep in mind that the slate tile will need to be deep cleaned.
How to Remove Scratches from Slate
Especially the areas that see high traffic areas, the slate tile may develop chalky-looking scratches from time to time. By applying mineral oil to the scratch and the surrounding area of the slate tile, you can disguise the scratch marks. Before you treat the scratches, the slate tile will need to be cleaned and completely dry. By applying the miner oil onto a clean, soft cloth, rub the oil into the scratch until it dissipates. A little of the scratch areas can be sealed with mineral oil.