How to Reseal Slate Flooring

Slate floor is a traditional style of flooring that is made with natural stone. It is considered to be fairly eco-friendly because it is quarried as opposed to being manufactured. It is also a form of flooring that has been used for hundreds of years and is very durable. However, slate flooring is a porous…

Slate floor is a traditional style of flooring that is made with natural stone. It is considered to be fairly eco-friendly because it is quarried as opposed to being manufactured. It is also a form of flooring that has been used for hundreds of years and is very durable. However, slate flooring is a porous material and so it can stain if it is not being sealed. For this reason, you should always make sure that this type of flooring is sealed when it is first laid and then re-sealed when needed.

Preparation

In the preparation process for resealing, you first need to remove any old sealer that is still on the floor. This whole process can be time-consuming, but it is necessary that it is done correctly in order to preserve your floor.

Knowing the fact that slate is stain resistant, grit and dirt can seriously cause stains. The floor needs to be swept from any dirt or other particles, it needs to be as clean as possible. There is a need to remove any old wax sealer that may have been on the floor. To do this, you need to apply a wax remover to the slate, doing approximately a 4-foot-by-4-foot square at a time. Once this allowed to sit for a while, it should be wiped off using a mop with clean water for this will remove the softened wax.

Once you have completed the whole floor, you then apply a neutral-PH slate cleaner using a mop. This will thoroughly clean the floor ready for the new sealer to be applied. Rinse the floor and allow it to dry thoroughly for about three days.

New sealer

For resealing process, you need to use a slate sealer that is available from a lot of hardware stores. You need to pour out the sealer into a paint tray and dip the paint roller. It is wise to begin applying a thin coat of sealer to the floor starting from the corner furthest from the door so as to avoid spillage.

When you have covered the whole flooring, you need to let the first coat dries up. Once done, apply the second coat, but this time, going in the opposite direction to the first coat. Allow the paint to cure for the next 24 hours. When this is all done, you will have a stain resistant slate floor that will last for years to come.