Black slate tiles are natural stone tiles which will look gorgeous in any room in your house. Its anti-slippery surface makes it ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms. Proper cleaning and care is necessary to keep them looking new for years to come. You can keep your black slate tile floor look new, with some basic floor cleaning methods.
What you’ll need
Sponge or microfiber mop
Cotton string mop
pH balanced cleanser
Wax or tile sealer
Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
Step 1 – Sweep Your Floor
The first step in cleaning a black slate tile floor, is sweeping with a soft broom. Sweep the whole room, starting from 1 corner to the other. Make sure you sweep away all the dust and dirt on the surface of the floor.
Step 2 – Vacuum Your Floor
Attach the brush to the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the entire floor. Also, remove any dust or dirt that was missed out during sweeping.
Step 3 – Mop Your Tiled Floor
Now, fill the bucket with plain water, and use this to mop the entire floor. You can either use a sponge mop, or a microfiber mop to clean the floor.
Step 4 – Clean Your Floor with the Dish Soap
Add a little bit of dish soap to warm water and mix it. Dip a sponge mop or microfiber mop in the soap solution, and squeeze out excess water. Use this to mop the entire black slate tile floor, starting from 1 corner. This will remove all the dirt and stains which cannot be removed by moping with plain water.
Step 5 – Making Baking Soda Mixture
If there are any stubborn stains on the floor, you can use this mixture to clean it. Take a bowl and mix baking soda with a little bit of warm water. Mix the water and baking soda well and make a paste.
Step 6 – Clean Your Black Slate Tile Floor Using Baking Soda Mixture
Take a little bit of the paste on a tooth brush, and spread it evenly on the stain. Scrub the stain with the tooth brush. Leave it there for a few seconds, and wipe it off with a soft towel. Clean it again, using a damp soft towel. Remove excess water from the surface, and let it dry.
Step 7 – Clean Your Slate Floor Using pH Balanced Cleanser
A pH balanced cleanser can be used to remove stubborn stains. Use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Always remember not to use any acid containing cleaning products on your slate tile, as the acid will react with the stone and damage the surface. So, check the ingredients list carefully.
Step 8 – Clean the Tile Grout
Once you have finished cleaning your black slate tile, clean the grout using dish soap. Rub with a toothbrush.
Step 9 – Seal the Tile
Finally, seal your tile with a tile sealer. Add one or two coats as necessary. This will keep your black slate tile floor looking good.