Cleaning Slate Tiles

Author:W. E. Staton

Cleaning slate tiles periodically is important. Taking proper care in cleaning slate floors and protecting them prevents damage, extends the life of the floor and will keep it looking great for years to come.

Cleaning slate removes sand and dirt that can cause your slate floor to age prematurely. The sand and dirt grind away at the surface of the floor, setting in stubborn stains. Removing your shoes before walking on the surface of your floors is one simple way to prevent staining.

As soon as slate flooring is laid you should think about how you go about cleaning slate You should periodically sweep the floor clean of all dust and dirt and then use a neutral cleaner to remove stubborn dirt, one that will not remove the shine from the floor. There are many, many slate cleansers to choose from and you should approach your supplier of slate for recommendation the appropriate one. Warm water is another option for cleaning slate that you will find most reliable and of course the most cost efficient. The important thing you should know is that the cleanser must not contain acids, as they will break down the slate, causing costly repair or replacement.

Sealing slate will make cleaning slate easier and to maintain, spills should still be cleaned immediately. Cleaning stains out of slate and grout can test even the most patient person. Grout is very porous by which means that liquids soak right through it. If you do not have colored grout, spray the stained area with a half and half solution of hydrogen peroxide and water directly on the stained area, let it soak for at least fifteen minutes, and then repeat the process. Again, only use this method of stain removal if you do not have colored grout. Peroxide is bleach, and will pull the color right out of your grout.

If the stain persists after spraying with the solution, soak a paper towel with peroxide and place the towel directly over the stain for at least fifteen minutes. Placing the towel directly over the stain holds the peroxide on the stain, allowing more time for the stain to breakdown before the peroxide dries. If the stain still remains, create a paste of peroxide and baking soda, allowing the bubbles to settle before applying. Apply the paste to the stain and let it set and re-spray with peroxide as it dries. When it has dried wipe with a warm towel

Another way for cleaning slate stains is by using shaving cream. Again, if you have colored grout it\'s best to test an inconspicuous area before applying it to an area that is visible just in case it does not work as well as expected. After removing stains from grout you should reseal again to prevent permanent stains in the future and make cleaning slate much easier.

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Cleaning slate periodicaly will continue to make your slate floor looking beautiful for years to come. To find out more about slate and natural stone please visit my website at 'Natural Stone Tiles'.

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