How to Properly Clean Slate Tile Flooring

Slate tile flooring may be installed both indoors and outdoors. Slate tiles are made of quartz, mica, calcite and chlorite. Opting for slate tile flooring will guaranty durability and safety. However, to maintain the original appearance of the tiles, you should seal them, as the slates are porous and you will also need to clean the tiles on a regular basis.

You Will Need:

  • Water
  • Gentle detergent or vinegar
  • Mop
  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Bucket

Step 1 – Remove Dust and Debris

Prior to washing the flowing, it’s best to remove dust and other debris, so these won’t mix with water resulting in more dirt. Use a broom or a vacuum cleaner.

Step 2 – Prepare the Washing Solution

Prepare the washing solution for the floors. In a bucket of water, add a gentle detergent (make sure it doesn’t contain ammonia) or vinegar. Use 1 part detergent and 10 parts water.

Step 3 – Mop the Floor

Using a mop, wash the slates, making sure to work on the crevices, where dirt may easily gather. Wash the mop in clean warm water and then wash the slates again. Allow the surface to dry before stepping on it. Mop at least once per week.