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How to Clean Denver Slate Floors


September 13, 2017

Denver slate is becoming increasingly popular because of its durability, versatility, and beautiful appearance. If you are thinking of using slate inside or outside of your home, it’s important to learn how to clean it so you can preserve its beauty for as long as possible. Follow these tips:

Dirt and Debris

Getting rid of dirt and debris that may be on the surface of your slate floors is crucial. Even the tiniest particles of dirt and debris could rub against the surface of your floor and scrape off some of the protective sealant. To avoid this problem, sweep your slate floors on a regular basis using a soft-bristle broom. If you don’t check the softness of the bristles, the broom could scratch the protective layer on top of your slate.

The broom may not get the dirt and debris out of the crevices. If you find that dirt and debris is accumulating in the hard-to-reach spots, try using a vacuum instead. Use one of the brush attachments instead of the actual vacuum so you can clean the nooks and crannies of your floor.

Choose the Right Cleaners

Slate is a natural stone, which means some cleaners may cause etching. Carefully read the back of any product that you intend to use on your slate floors to ensure it does not have lemon, vinegar, acids, or any other harsh chemicals. Look for a cleaner that is designed to be used on natural stone surfaces so you know it won’t damage your slate floors. Or, you can always contact the company that installed your flooring to ask them for suggestions. Learn the care and cleaning of slate tile.

Apply Mineral Oil

Small scratches may start to appear on the surface of your slate—especially in  high-traffic areas of your home. Don’t panic if you start to spot these scratches. After thoroughly cleaning and drying the floor, apply a small amount of mineral oil to a soft cloth and gently try to rub out the scratch. If it truly is a surface scratch, a little mineral oil will remove it in no time.

Seal Regularly

There are many different types of slate, and some of them have porous surfaces, which means they will stain easily if they absorb liquids. If you have porous slate, it’s imperative to seal your floors once a year to prevent staining. It’s possible to do this on your own, but it’s best to leave this job up to a professional so you can ensure it’s done correctly.

Are you ready to install slate tiles inside and outside of your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home!