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Last reply on Jan 30, 2015

Mopping a slate floor

Last reply on Jan 30, 2015

What is the best way to mop a slate floor? What cleaning solution should we use? We have slate tiles in the kitchen with concrete mortar. You can see from the pictures that the surfaces of the slate tiles are uneven. They are also porous (water dripped on them is absorbed). I sweep regularly, which isn't easy because of the uneven surfaces. I have mopped once with a Swiffer Wet Jet but I'm not sure whether that's OK to use repeatedly.

A close-up of one of the tiles to show how uneven the surface is.
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  • European Flooring INstallers LLC
    European Flooring INstallers LLC Buford, GA
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Home Depot has a cleaner that contains acid, it's nothing to be scared of, it'll make your slate look like new

  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    on Jan 24, 2013

    your floor is beautiful!

  • Hamtil Construction LLC
    Hamtil Construction LLC Saint Louis, MO
    on Jan 28, 2013

    @Melissa G - Sorry to hear that you had trouble with the Aqua Mix Sealer! Never seen the residue happen. Can you post a pic of the post- sealed floor? Would love to see the enhanced colors!

  • Nilda Braren
    Nilda Braren Hamden, CT
    on Jul 5, 2013

    Hello I own my home. when we purchased this house, it already had slate and in between is concrete. My dog sometimes pee on the floor and i hate it because i don't know if there's a way to clean the mess. any suggestions.

  • Nilda Braren
    Nilda Braren Hamden, CT
    on Jul 5, 2013

    how can i post a pic so u know what i am talking about

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Jul 6, 2013

    @Nilda Braren you can post a pic by clicking on the "add photos" link below the text box.

  • Antares
    Antares Vergennes, VT
    on Nov 3, 2013

    Where is the add photos button?

  • Pickles
    on Sep 29, 2014

    DO NOT use any type of cleaner that has an acid base (even natural types, such as vinegar). This will damage your floor and may result in costly repair or replacement.

  • Paula Edmonds
    Paula Edmonds Colbert, WA
    on Oct 1, 2014

    Our kitchen slate floor is similar to yours. I use a damp mop -not soaking wet- with a bucket of Pinsol. In between deep cleaning I use the Swiffer Wet Jet. Our problem is the grout between crumbles and has been replaced 3 times. Every time new grout is put in - I seal it with a sealer from Home Depot.

  • Keziah
    Keziah Kamuela, HI
    on Jan 30, 2015

    I have black slate tile in my solarium.I would like it to have the color and shine a black licorice. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can use to get this look?

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