Caring for Faux Slate Flooring

Faux slate flooring resembles traditional slate flooring, without the cost considerations associated with natural stone. Homeowners planning to revamp their interior or exteriors with faux stone flooring have many options to consider, in the form of different texture offerings in this niche. Further, faux slate flooring is available in colored or pigmented forms, to ensure that the flooring complements the décor of surrounding surfaces. You should also be aware of some typical care requirements associated with faux stone.

Supplies Needed:

  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Dry rags
  • Foot mats
  • Garden hose (for pressure washing)
  • Spray bottle
  • Muriatic acid
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Plastic Spatula
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Old toothbrush
  • Degreasing compound

Step 1—Getting Started with Basic Cleaning

Ensure that your regularly clean your faux slate flooring. You can use a mixture of water and some dish soap for this. Using expensive cleaners is not required, if you can maintain a regular cleaning regimen, using such easily-available household supplies. Ensure that your wet mop the faux slate flooring, using this solution, on a regular basis.

Step 2—Pressure Washing & Drying with Care

Like some sturdy natural stone surfaces, faux slate flooring can be pressured-washed. However, some retailers do not recommended this, as it can damage the joints of faux slate tiles. Always follow the retailer's recommendations in this regard. Ensure that you always dry the flooring, to avoid any staining caused by pooling or standing water.

Step 3—Removing Basic Stains

For removing fresh or small stains, start by soaking-away the spilled material with a dry cloth. Now, proceed with cleaning the stain. Don’t use harsh chemicals for this, since they might react with the flooring and stain it permanently. Prepare a safe, household cleaning solution. For this you need 1 gallon of water mixed with 1/2 tablespoon of chlorine bleach. Fill this mixture into a spray bottle. Please note that bleach-based cleaners are usually not recommended for natural stone surfaces, however, being a manufactured product, faux slate flooring is impervious to such chemicals.

Step 4—Removing Impacted Soil & Taking Basic Precautions

Soil and debris often gets impacted within the seams of flooring surfaces. You need to scrape-off the soil, using a plastic putty knife. This may not be the best tool for scraping-out the grime, but using sharp metal edges can permanently scar the flooring surface. If possible, place numerous foot mats around the flooring. Ensure that you don’t have potted plants around the flooring, as this increases the chance of soil getting embedded within the seams.

Step 5—Removing Greasy Stains

For removing greasy stains, it is always better to use a degreasing agent, retailed specifically for faux stone/natural stone surfaces. After applying the compound, you can scrub the degreased spot using an old toothbrush.

Step 6—Removing Acidic Stains

For removing stains caused by acidic foods, use a cleaning mixture prepared from mixing muriatic acid and water. Mix muriatic acid and water in a ratio of 1:10. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture and spray the stain with it. Allow the acidic cleaner to act upon the stain for about 10 minutes. Now, rinse the spot thoroughly with water and dry it properly.