Slate: Strong and Beautiful
Among the toughest in natural stone tiles, slate is also one of the most versatile for home design. It offers bold, earthen colors from rustic shades of grey and black to eye-catching reds, greens and purples. It’s also notoriously challenging to keep clean and attractive.
Why Slate Needs Maintenance
Slate gets its internal strength from its composition of natural quartz and calcite. It can handle a lot of wear, making it a favorite for high-traffic flooring. The tradeoff is that it’s very porous with a soft surface. Its appearance degrades from brilliant color to looking marred and faded due to:
Liquids. Common acidic liquids including juices, sodas, coffee and bleach, as well as others like oils and tea, can stain the surface.
Etching. Heavy patio furniture, large grills and abrasive materials like scouring brushes can easily scratch the surface.
Fungi. Mold and mildew stain slate as these fungi grow in natural nooks and crannies where they are hard to reach.
With enough long-term damage, no amount of cleaning can bring back the natural beauty of slate tile. It’s important to start a maintenance routine immediately to prevent a costly replacement.
Stone Restoration Services Beautifies and Protects Your Slate Tiles
When you choose SRS, your slate surfaces can look as bold and colorful as the day they were first installed, and you’ll be able to enjoy their earthen aesthetic for years to come.
Basic Slate Cleaning, Finishing and Sealing
We begin by carefully and thoroughly cleaning your slate tiles with gentle products that won’t chemically etch the surface.
We use top-grade slate polishers with delicate, specialty abrasives to produce a natural-looking matte or soft satin finish.
By applying a gentler touch, appropriate buffing pads and powders, we can produce a smoother satin or brilliant, reflective finish.
Whether you prefer a matte, satin or brilliant finish, we apply a safe, professional sealant to ensure your desired look is protected.
All Stone Restoration Services Sealers Have A 5-Year Guarantee
Slate Repair Services
Durable as slate tiles are, they can shift and separate due to normal wear over time. We can replace any tiles that have become loose with a durable epoxy bond.
With a hard enough impact, slate can chip or crack like any other natural stone. We use a strong epoxy that can repair the damage and match the original color of your slate tiles.