DO YOU HAVE SLATE TILES IN YOUR HOME?
Slate is a great choice for certain areas of your home, such as in the kitchen and bathroom. It has a beautiful rustic charm and can hold a variety of deep colours. It is a great investment as it will last for years too.
This floor choice is fairly easy to take care of, although it does need professional care and attention – especially when it comes to restorative cleaning and sealing.
If you need slate floor cleaning in Liverpool then I can help.
PROFESSIONAL SLATE FLOOR TILE CLEANING IN LIVERPOOL
A lot of my floor tile cleaning jobs come from the use of improper cleaning solutions. Whether it be something that is used, yet it is bad for the floor, or maybe something is spilt and damages the stone.
Take today as an example. I had a job in Formby where the domestic cleaner had been using ‘Mr Muscle’ to clean a shower glass panel. This product dripped down the glass, and onto the floor. She then walked it through the bathroom.
As people do naturally, she tried a few under the sink products and made the whole thing into a shamble. Panic set in, and I was called in. This hard floor was rectified by a deep clean, using specialist floor tile cleaning products, followed by a colour enhancing seal.
The whole floor had to be restored, otherwise, an obvious clean area would have been visible. Now the floor has been sealed with a top grade product, the slate will be a lot more stain and water resistant. The key to any hard floor is a good seal. A good sealer for slate is what we call a colour enhancing seal, the colours in slate really pop out and we get a real vibrant finish.
CARING FOR YOUR SLATE FLOOR
Avoid at all costs products in the supermarket that contain all kinds of colours, fragrances and other additives. What we see here is a build-up of these products that can break the seal down, and create a vicious circle of stickiness. Get yourself a floor cleaning product designed for slate and nothing else.
Vacuum the floor too before you mop it, and re-clean the floor with just hot water afterwards so as to minimise any residue build up.
THIS EXPLAINS A LITTLE ABOUT SLATE FLOORING.
WHERE DOES SLATE COME FROM?
Well, from the ground! It is actually a metamorphic rock and is formed due to the alteration of shale and mudstone during regional metamorphism.
It is composed mainly of minerals, it actually contains quartz as well as calcite.
Most slate is a greyish blend, although we do see colours such as green, red, black, purple, and brown running through it. The colour we see is due to the amount of organic and iron material in the stone.
DIFFERENT USES FOR SLATE
Children used to use it for writing on, we use it for internal and external flooring. And of course, there are tonnes of it on our roofs. If you need slate floor cleaning and sealing in Liverpool or The Wirral call me anytime to arrange a survey on 0151 448 1797.