Slate Tile - Cleaning and Resealing


Old 03-10-09, 03:15 PM
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Slate Tile - Cleaning and Resealing

I just bought a 1000 sqft. condo with (4-5 year old) slate tile throughout the whole place.

The home inspector suggested that I clean and reseal it before I move in.
Is this actually necessary?

I was considering hiring someone, but I think I can manage it myself.

Does this look like the right stuff?
What's the best way to apply it?
Any techniques or anything else I should know about?

How about cleaning? How much should I worry about that before I reseal?
I was planning on sweeping, then mopping with warm water... will that be enough?

Any help is appreciated... I've been having trouble finding solid info about this.

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Old 03-10-09, 03:37 PM
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I personaly wouldn't use that sealer you linked too. It's on the low end of quality.

And yes, resealing is vital to any natural stone application.

A good quality sealer will cost $$, but it's well worth it. I would look into 511 Imprenator

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or a AquaMix sealer

Aqua Mix - For Home Use - Product Detail - Sealers - Penetrating Sealer

Aquamix also has cleaners that are safe for slate.

The inspector told you this AFTER you bought the place?
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Great advice - thanks so much for the reply!
I'll see where I can get one of those products locally.

Any tips on application?
Do I just pour it down and push it around with a mop?

I had the place inspected before I 'lifted my conditions'. I could have backed out, but I had no reason to. I take possession of the place next week, and I want to do this before I move any furniture in.
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Oh yea, you don't want that yellow bottle, they have a decent sealer in the green bottle, but I recommend AquaMix brand or sealants.

I would use a stone sealer/enhancer not penetrating sealer.

Follow directions to the "T". You may as well get some knee-pads too. Floors are not washed or sealed the way you think. You gotta get down, so to speak.

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I just did an area of my house about the same size. I also recommend Aquamix, and I'm not the first person I've seen stand behind that product. It took us about 4 days, but that was including stripping the floor too, and working around trying to live in the house at the same time. You've got an advantage not having furniture to move around yet!

Here's an article that might be helpful. Some tips and suggestions from one person's experience. Also some links to product purchasing for Aquamix. (I got ours from ebay of all unlikely places.)

Refinishing and Maintaining a Slate Tile Floor - Without getting a Divorce

One point I definitely agree with from it... Remember to allow drying time in your schedule. Its SO important not to seal moisture into your tile, or you will see it start to haze up under the sealer later as the moisture tries to escape.
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