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Jun 01

Stockett Staff

How to Care for Your Slate Floor

by Stockett Staff

How to Care for Your Slate Floor

Slate is a beautifully-textured stone that comes in a wide assortment of colors. Metamorphosed from shale, slate has a sheet-like quality which often differs from more polished materials like marble and granite in both look and feel, and it can make for a stunning look when used as flooring. If you have a slate floor, caring for it is fairly straightforward, and routine maintenance can keep it looking like new for many years to come.

The main point to remember when thinking about slate flooring maintenance is to keep it as clean and protected as possible. Below are some useful tips and techniques to help you do just that.

Dust Mopping Your Floor

Probably the most important task to carry out on a routine basis when trying to protect your slate floor is dust mopping. This is because dirt and grit can often cause slate surfaces to scratch. Ideally you should dust mop your slate floor daily. Do not use oil-treated dust mops on slate, and remember to run the dust mop in one direction.

You should use only one dust mop for each of the surfaces you are cleaning. If you have other kinds of flooring in your house, such as wood, designate separate mops for each of the different surfaces. Always store your dust mop with the head off of the ground to keep it as clean as possible.

To minimize dust, dirt, and debris from being tracked onto the floor, consider purchasing a good quality walk-off mat. Placing a mat both inside and outside of your house can really cut down on the dirt!

Damp or Wet Mopping

Your slate floor will need to be cleaned beyond daily dust mopping. In a residential setting, depending on finish (coated, textured, or honed), it is usually recommended that the floor be cleaned once a week. You can use a stone cleaner or a mild detergent with a neutral pH to wash your slate tile. Cleaners that contain lemon or vinegar need to be avoided, as they can etch the surface. Rinse the cleaner off with water and dry both polished and honed slate surfaces with a soft cloth to prevent water stains.


Some slate is quite porous and can absorb moisture, necessitating yearly sealing. If your slate flooring needs sealing, use an impregnating sealer, applying it with a foam paintbrush. Most of these sealers are opaque. However, you can also use topical, color-enhancing sealers that can darken the natural color of the slate. Color-enhancing sealers do not affect the care of the slate.

Removing Scratches

If your slate develops small, chalky-like scratches, you can hide them by applying mineral oil to the scratch and the surrounding tile. Use a soft cloth to rub the mineral oil into the scratch until it disappears.

Learn More About Flooring Choices and Care from Stockett Tile & Granite

Stockett Tile & Granite Company has successfully fabricated, installed and designed tile and stone since 1974. In our 35+ years in business, our craftsmen have installed more than 2,000,000 square feet of tile in Valley homes. We've seen and done it all, and have earned a reputation for being on the forefront of innovative tile design. Our project experts can assist with your Phoenix and Scottsdale remodeling. We will work closely with you to help you find the natural stone and tile that best suits your home and lifestyle. Visit us at our showroom to see tile, travertine, and stone flooring in action! Or give us a call at 623.344.8400 or 480.443.1988 to schedule a free consultation.