Many home owners are now looking into the organic trend in home interior design and one of the materials of choice is slate floor tiles. It is able to bring a more organic feel to your bathroom, kitchen, dining and even living rooms. It is beautiful as well as durable and will last your family a long while however even the strongest flooring materials need proper tile cleaning and maintenance. Continue reading and learn how to best clean and maintain your slate tile floor.
First and foremost slate tiles have to be sealed. Slate tiles when initially installed may not have been sealed, stones that were imported from other Asian countries like India or China may not have gone through a sealant process. Since slate from these areas is more porous, not treating them with a sealant will result in them being more susceptible to stains. This is why it is critical for your tiles to be sealed. Using a water-based polyurethane tile sealant is advisable. This process of applying a sealant will make stains and spills easier to remove and make daily tile cleaning simpler.
Slate tile cleaning is quite simple, it just needs to be vacuumed or swept daily or every other day depending on the foot traffic your home experiences. If many people come in and out of your home on a daily basis then vacuuming everyday will be needed. You also need to mop the tiles with a gentle acid free liquid cleanser at least once a week. First mop the floor with the gentle soap cleaners then rinse it off with water. Finally allow the floor to air dry or you may use a clean rag or dry mop for a speedier drying time.