How to Restore a Slate Floor

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Finished surfaces of natural stone tiles---slate included---need to be restored occasionally, especially in high traffic areas. A stone enhancer works to bring out the natural highlights in the stone by increasing the colour contrasts and the texture of the stone. Enhancers also work to restore slate tiles in outdoor settings by rejuvenating weathered surfaces. Many stone enhancers also have a component that seals the slate to accomplish two tasks with one product and one application. A sealed slate floor will be able to withstand just about anything daily life can throw at it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Heavy duty tile cleaner and stripper
  • Mop or lambs wool applicator
  • Warm water
  • Soap

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Apply heavy duty tile cleaner and stripper to the slate to remove wax, acrylic finishes, grease and oil on the slate. Scrub the tiles until they are clean.

  2. 2

    Apply a stone enhancer and sealer product liberally to the surface of the slate tile, and spread with a mop or lambs wool applicator. Let the enhancer sit on the tile for a few minutes, then remove excess before it dries.

  3. 3

    Apply a second coat immediately. Remove excess enhancer as described above. Allow the second coat to dry for four to six hours.

  4. 4

    Clean tools and hands with warm water and soap after the second coat is applied.

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