This article’s goal is to provide an overview of what are Slate Floors, how it is made, the uses of Slate and daily procedures for cleaning Slate floors. Slate Flooring is used in both the commercial and residential markets and is beautiful flooring that comes in a variety of colors and is very durable, which makes it a popular choice in higher profile commercial locations and residences that is used both indoors and outdoors.

Basically, if you have an understanding of how to clean a Non-Resilient floor like marble, granite, travertine, etc., you understand the daily cleaning of Slate floors. Slate is versatile and can be used for floors, roofing, walls, etc. Cleaning Slate floors is easy whether it has been coated with a floor finish/wax or left unsealed. However with that being said, Slate floors like any other type of flooring that is sealed is easier to clean than an unsealed floor. Unsealed floors will attract more soil into the pores of the flooring than a floor that has been sealed. This is also true for Slate.

For those who want the nature look of Slate without using a top coating (Glossy) but still desire to protect the slate from soil build-up, a penetrating seal can be applied. This will add protection to the slate flooring from deep soil penetration and keep the natural look of the flooring.


Cleaning Slate Floors – What is a Slate Floor and how is it made?

Slate is a product of the Earth and is mined worldwide from quarries. It resist stains well and has good slip resistant properties and is considered as a low grade stone that begins as shale (Clay Mineral) and over millions of years through high pressure and heat, transforms into Slate. It is a cleavage type rock which means it will split and fracture. This is where many slate floors get their rough looking surface. When it is installed in this rough state, it is called split Slate but it can also be grounded smooth flat surface. Both looks are appealing and beautiful.


Cleaning Slate Floors – Untreated or Unsealed Slate Step By Step Procedures


Cleaning Slate Floors- Daily Cleaning Procedures – Commercial or Residential

Set up:

  • In commercial applications, place Wet Floor Signs or Barricade area being cleaned with Caution Tape. This would be impractical in a residential home.
  • If entrance matting is removable, unload soil from entrance matting. If not, utilize a dry vacuum procedure to remove the loose soil from the matting.


Dry Cleaning:

  • Dust mop floor using an untreated dust mop or sweep with a broom to remove most of the surface dust. However, if microfiber dust mops are available, they are the recommended tool for this procedure. Remove gum and other debris adhered to the floor with a Blunt Plastic Scraper.


Wet Cleaning Procedure: Manual or Power Machine Cleaning  

  • Manual Cleaning: Damp mop entire floor using a mop and bucket method. Best practice would be if using a mop to use a quality microfiber flat mop system. A quality microfiber system will deliver high performance results with this cleaning procedure. Use professional grade Stone or Slate Floor Cleaner and use according to label directions. Remove black marks and scuffs with light duty white pad or tennis ball. Inspect floor after it has dried. Remove wet floor signs after the floor has been thoroughly dry.
  • Power Equipment Cleaning: Using clear potable water, mix a professional grade Stone or Slate cleaner according to label directions in an automatic scrubber’s solution tank. Using the automatic scrubber equipped with red or white floor pads or brushes and clear potable water in the solution tank, make one single pass with the automatic scrubber, with floor pads down, solution valve half open, squeegee down and vacuum on, pick-up the solution thoroughly. Note: If cleaning a split Slate surface (Rough), a final rinse may be necessary to pick up any remaining solution on the floor that the squeegee may have skipped over.Inspect floor after it has dried. Remove wet floor signs after the floor has been thoroughly dry.


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