The best way to clean slate floor tiles

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The best way to clean slate floor tiles
Clean a slate floor with mild washing powder. (mop head image by green308 from

Slate is a natural, durable stone commonly used in floor construction. Slate floor tiles typically come in a neutral colour, fitting in with almost any decor. Little maintenance is required to maintain the appearance of slate flooring, aside from a regular cleaning routine. To keep slate floors clean, mix a mild solution of cleaning ingredients most likely already in your kitchen pantry.

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Dust mop
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mild washing powder

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  1. 1

    Dust the slate floor tiles with a dust mop every few days to collect dirt build-up and light residue.

  2. 2

    Sweep the tile with a soft broom regularly, collecting dirt and discarding in the trash. This will collect heavier debris.

  3. 3

    Fill a bucket with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of warm water and 2 tsp of mild washing powder.

  4. 4

    Dip a mop in the bucket, wring it out and mop the slate tile.

  5. 5

    Rinse the mop with fresh water, wring it out, and run the damp mop across the flooring once more. This will collect any leftover soap residue.

  6. 6

    Allow the floor to air-dry.

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