Installing a slate tile backsplash can provide you with a beautiful space above the stove. In order to maintain your slate tile backsplash, you need to make sure that it is properly sealed. This will prevent food and anything else from getting into the slate and damaging it. Here are the basics of how to seal a slate tile backsplash.
Step 1- Clean the Slate
Before you do any sealing, you need to make sure that you have properly cleaned the tile. If there is any oil or food residue left on the slate, the sealer may not attach to the tile as well. Any dirt or residue will be sealed into the tile. Use a rag and some warm water to wipe away anything that is on the surface of the slate.
Step 2- Seal the Tile
Next, you need to apply the sealer. Make sure that you are using a sealer that is designed for slate tile. Then apply it to the surface of the tile with a rag. Apply it evenly across the entire area. Be sure the room is well ventilated because the fumes of the sealant can be overwhelming.
Step 3--Allow to Dry
After you have applied the sealer, allow it to completely dry. Then you may want to consider applying a second coat of sealer for best results.