A clean slate reflects your inner beauty, peace and serenity. Do you not love a clean slate? Absolutely yes. A clean slate is what you need and what your guests will appreciate.
While cleaning our slate floors we are always anxious about damaging it. It is the concern that has preoccupied our minds during its cleaning. What if its sheen or luster gets dim?
Will my cleaning agent affect the beauty of the slate?
And whatnot. These are the right concerns that we have and this is the reason we are here. You will have a glistening clean slate flooring if you mind the Dos and Don’ts of the article. You have to preserve the fine-looking smooth external face of the slate without having to damage it.
Let’s see what we have here.
What Is Slate Flooring?
At the outset, we are going to know what slate flooring is.
Flooring is a solid stone but is porous and certain cleaning agent can cause damage to it.
Slate flooring is a floor carved out of the geological stone. It is one of the most famous of its types. The solid surface makes it durable and low maintenance flooring. This type of flooring is a life time investment as you spend once and enjoy it for over a long time. You can use it in the parts of the house where foot traffic is the maximum. So a busy kitchen and the common room are the places for the slate flooring.
It is one of the most preferred choices of the homeowners as it does not have to deal with pesky maintenance. Cleaning it is not a big deal as well. The other types of flooring like laminate floors, hardwood, tiles, etc. require much of the annoying cleaning and upkeep as they are a constant home to dust and dirt.
Where to get it from?
Fine slate stone can be procured from any hardware or home article stores. It is found and excavated underground. The deeper we go the more expensive the plate will be so an economical one can be found near the first surface of the ground. The quality does not depend on being cheaper.
Getting and fixing up the slate floors can cost you a pretty penny so taking care is a must.
Acidic cleaners: Using acid to clean your slate flooring is a negative option as it can give rise to a reaction. Acid can cause a chemical reaction when exposed to slate stone. It can damage the surface of the floor and can engrave it. Even avoid the natural acetic acid cleaners like vinegar or lemon to avoid any damage to the flooring.
Abrasive cleaners: Using strong chemicals is also a bad choice as it damages the sealer and grout of the flooring.
Oil-based cleaners: Such cleaners will make your flooring. These will make the floors greasy and oily to walk on.
How to Clean Slate Floors
Slate flooring is not as peskier to do cleaning with or its maintenance. But you have to clean it with the right agents in the right way. Here are a few of the methods.
Time: 60 minutes
Mind a few things while cleaning the slate to keep it lustrous and unharmed.
01. Kit for cleaning
- Besom or vacuum (with a soft attachment and hard floor setting)
- Grime swab with microfiber plug (optional)
- Slate cleaner, soft laundry cleaner, or dish soap
- Warm water
- Steam mop (optional)
- Teak oil or slate oil
- Soft fabric
02. Sweep or Vacuum
Before starting to mop clean the surface of any grime or dirt. The debris or the dust should be cleaned properly before going to the next step. It will make the task smoother to carry on. Vacuum the soil or the little sand particles as they will scratch the surface while mopping. Clean every nook especially between the fissures of the tiles.
03. Avoid Scratches
Dust mop your flooring using a microfiber cloth or plugs, by gliding it over the floor smoothly and in one way. The dust will be cleaned in this way even from the crevices.
04. Prepare Your Cleaner
A soft laundry detergent or a dish washing liquid is what you need for cleaning the flooring. You can also use a slate cleaner. You can also use some synthetic products from the market. A pH-neutral product can do miracles.
Add a cup of dish soap or detergent in warm water. Follow the directions in case you have opted for the commercial cleaner.
05. Use a Damp Mop
Put the mop in the aforementioned solution and squeeze out the excessive water. Use a spin mop if available. Clean the floor with relaxed and smooth blows. Once your water gets murky change the solution immediately as it will leave marks and stains on the floor. You can also use a steam mop to clean it in a better way.
06. Wipe the Floor
Dry the floor systematically and do not let the water stay there as it will soak into the pores. A towel is the best option to dry it.
07. Use Teak Oil
Finishing off is also as necessary as cleaning. You can use any fragrant to finish it off. Teak oil can add to the final look. A few drops to the fabric for application are enough.