How to polish a slate hearth

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How to polish a slate hearth
In the United States, slate is often quarried in the northeastern part of the Appalachian Mountains. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Slate is a type of metamorphic rock that is often used as a building material in homes and yards. Some hearths are made of slate because of its attractive, natural-looking features. As with any hearth, slate hearths need to be cleaned periodically. Polishing your slate hearth will give it an extra shine that can add an eye-catching lustre to your home. Using the proper materials and techniques when polishing your hearth will help it to look its best and protect it from damage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cloths
  • Teak oil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wipe down the slate with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris before polishing. Allow the slate to air dry completely.

  2. 2

    Squirt a few drops of teak oil onto a clean, dry cloth. You can find teak oil at many home improvement stores. You also can use citrus oil for polishing slate.

  3. 3

    Apply the oil to the slate hearth with small, circular motions.

  4. 4

    Rub the slate once more to buff in an extra shine. This time use a clean, dry cloth. This will help to absorb excess oil and will accentuate the lustre of the slate.

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