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. This goes for most stone tiles such as bluestone tiles, sandstone tiles and others.
Cleaning slate tiles 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 a cleaning slate regimen. 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 slate cleansers to choose from. RMS Traders stock and can recommend those that are appropriate for cleaning slate tiles.
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. For floors with an old finish, apply wax stripper to the floor and let it stand for three to five minutes, then break up the wax with a nylon bristled brush. Remove all the old wax with a mop, and then thoroughly cleanse floor with clean water, then it is recommended that you seal the slate again.
Resealing slate floors regularly is the best prevention of early wear and set in stains. 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 nature, which means that liquids soak right through it. If you do not have colored grout, spray the stained area with a fifty-fifty solution of hydrogen peroxide and water directly on the stained area, letting it soak for fifteen minutes, and repeat. 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 bubbling to settle before applying. Apply the paste to the stain and let it set, re-spraying with peroxide as it dries out. When the mixture has dried just wipe with a warm towel. This is a most effective way of cleaning slate stains.
Another way of cleaning slate tiles of 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 slate cleaning much easier. Cleaning slate tiles regularly will keep your slate tiles looking lovely and beautiful.