Should You Wax A Slate Floor?
Natural wax gives a stunning finish to a rough or riven slate floor. When the wax is laid onto a floor that has initially been sealed with an impregnating sealer, you have a beautiful, easy to maintain, long-lasting finish.
Wax is not necessarily harder-wearing than a modern acrylic surface sealer, but it does give a more natural sheen or polish to the stone
Wherever possible, we suggest finishing a slate floor with a natural wax. However, our recommendation will always be based on assessing your situation.
Sealed Slate Tiles Make A Beautiful Long Lasting Flooring
The right care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful for years to come. Sealing your tiles may not be necessary, but you will only find out if you never spill anything on them. And then it may be too late. So it’s a safer bet to seal your slate floor with an appropriate stone sealer.
So your only question should be to use a penetrating stone sealer or a surface sealer. Then you can enjoy your natural stone slate floor for years.
Colour Enhancing Slate Sealers
If you’re looking for a greater depth of colour and lustre, using special colour enhancing sealers, we can give you a luxurious hard wearing finish. We can apply colour enhancing impregnating sealers and surface sealers, so there is a wide choice available to you.
With specialist cleaning and applying an appropriate slate sealer we can restore of your stone floors so you can enjoy them for years to come.
Looking After Your Slate Floor
Slate is a relatively soft stone. So walked in sand and grit can scratch the Slate surface like sandpaper. Unprotected furniture legs can cause deep scratches and even gouges when dragged across the floor. Some slates can be extremely porous and can easily be stained by food, plant pots, metal furniture legs, oils, ink, water etc.
You can greatly extend the life of your Slate floors by following a simple maintenance program and following the tips below.
Slate Cleaning Tips
- The surface should be protected with a quality penetrating Slate sealer to help prevent staining.
- Barrier matting is essential to prevent walked in sand and grit from spreading onto the floor and causing scratches and dullness.
- Furniture legs should be protected with felt or plastic pads.
- Standing objects and especially plant pots should be placed on special bases to prevent scratching and staining.
- Cleaners specially formulated for natural stone should be used for cleaning.
- Slate floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped with dry microfiber mop daily or at the least weekly to remove surface sand and grit and reduce the chance of scratches.
- Slate floors should be damp mopped once or twice per week, and daily on heavy traffic areas to remove surface dirt and soil. Only use cleaners specially formulated for natural stone.
- Spills should be removed immediately. Always blot, never wipe as the act of wiping can spread the spill.
- Traffic areas should be professionally deep cleaned, resealed or polished where necessary on a yearly basis.
- When regular Slate cleaning procedures fail to return an adequate surface, complete restoration may be necessary. Loose or chipped tiles, cracks, dislodged filler, difficult stains and poor maintenance may only be rectified by surface grinding, colour matched filling and other intensive restoration techniques.