Slate floors are great looking but require quite a bit of maintenance, in order to keep them clean and scratch-free. In order to perform regular cleaning of slate floorings, you will need the following materials and tools:
- broom with soft bristles
- non-oil based dust mop
- wet mop
- mild detergent for delicates
Step by Step to Perfectly Clean Slate Floors
Here is how to clean slate floorings safely and properly:
- Use the soft bristled brush to thoroughly sweep the floor and remove all dust and debris.
- Use the dust mop to remove the even finer dust particles and debris – move the mop in one direction, rather than back and forth in order to properly dust it.
- Mix a gallon of lukewarm water with a ¼ cup of the mild detergent.
- Dip the wet mop in the cleaning solution, wring it as thoroughly as possible and slowly and smoothly mop the floor. Rinse off, dip and then wring it well again. Continue till you go through teh whole floor.
- For the soapy residues, you need to repeat the mopping procedure but this time with clean lukewarm water only.
- Let your slate floor dry naturally and refrain from walking on the floor before it is completely dry.
Make It Regular
You should clean your slate floorings like this once or twice a week. In between these regular cleanings you can help keep your flooring as clean as possible by doing the following:
- Placing area mats, and door mats on the entrances and on high traffic areas – remember to avoid mats which have rubber backs, because the rubber can stick to the slate and actually damage it.
- Use the dust mop more often for a gentle dusting of the slate floor.
- If you want to vacuum your slate floor, use only the soft brush attachment. Be careful not to drag and bang the vacuum cleaner around because it can scratch the slate flooring.
- Apply stone or tile sealant to keep your slate flooring looking great and free from scratches – apply three coats but follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Use a cotton string mop to apply the coats, and let them dry off before applying the next layer.
One last tip: If you are looking to purchase a suitable cleaning detergent for your slate floor, make sure that it is specifically made for slate floors, and never use an acid based detergent!