Slate Flooring

Slate flooring is beautiful. You can select slate flooring tile in a variety of shapes and thicknesses, letting you create various designs. Natural slate flooring comes in a variety of colors, mostly dark, contributing to your design. Installing slate flooring isn’t much different from installing any stone flooring. Slate tile flooring is easy to clean and maintain, if when installing it you are careful and seal the resulting floor. Now check with your slate provider and installer on how to clean slate flooring and about the care of stone flooring in general.


Slate as a stone which makes for flooring that is nothing short of amazing. If you are looking to purchase stone flooring for your home or business, slate is a choice to think hard about. While it is more expensive than other types of flooring, it will last a long time.They are a reasonable deck and because of its hard-wearing abilities and life span, are a standout amongst the most practical sorts of stone flooring.Slate floors compliment all outline sorts from contemporary to conventional. It provides you with a durable, hard to stain surface and with some of the most beautiful textures and patterns available.


Slate flooring is often purchased as slate flooring tile.There is tremendous assortment accessible when hoping to source slate tiles; this changeable rock can be found in various hues and molded tiles which takes into account genuine singularity. Slate tiles offer an actually slip-resistance surface and can in this manner be the perfect ground surface for a kitchen or lavatory. The tile can be purchased in a variety of shapes to make any design or pattern that you want. High temperatures take very tiny particles of clay and silt and bond them closely. The resulting stone is impermeable so liquids don’t penetrate readily. This leaves you with very few stains and virtually no cracking (as long as it is laid correctly, that is.)


Slate tile flooring offers many features. For example, the impurities that are in the silt and clay that make up slate provide for a wide range of colors. You can often choose from dark colors like black, red and green, lighter colors like various shades of gray, and combinations of these colors. This makes it an excellent choice for virtually any color scheme in a room or house. That color variety also lets you create interesting and beautiful patterns.


Another benefit is that you can purchase it in a variety of shapes and sizes. That goes for patterns as well as thickness. You can choose tile squares or go with large slabs. It is quite versatile.


Installing And Caring For Slate Flooring


When it comes to installing slate flooring, you should consider calling in the professionals. If you are a capable do-it-yourselfer, you can do the work on your own, otherwise step aside for a professional. Some words of caution though. You need to ensure that you cut the slate properly or go with precut tile pieces. If it is cut improperly with the wrong tools, it will snap, reducing its value and usability. Also, it is important that you pay attention to the grouting process. Because of the natural texture of slate, you will have a more difficult time grouting. You can avoid this by grouting after you have sealed the flooring.For whatever length of time that the slate ground surface is introduced on an appropriate sub-floor, your slate deck ought to be exceedingly impervious to any sort of harm. On the off chance that you have any uncertainty about the suitability of the surface where you need to introduce your slate flooring, it is best to counsel an expert before you endeavor any establishment methods. A note about sealants: if you opt for a high shine sealer, the dirt and dust of every day use will show more than a low-sheen sealer.


As for how to clean slate flooring, you will use the same method that you would for the care of stone flooring of any type. A bucket of warm water without any powerful chemicals is the best method. Keep up on the maintenance of sealants, as well as keeping the grout chip free, to maintain the integrity and beauty of the slate.Slate is a natural stone and will require in-depth knowledge of the exact products that will achieve the best possible clean without damage. Industrial-strength rotary cleaning machines are then used to agitate the cleaning solution, which is then rinsed thoroughly and dried.


Slate flooring is beautiful and durable. Not only do the color choices make a statement, but the textures add interest not found in most other stone floorings. Slate is an excellent choice for your flooring needs. It’s an excellent choice for an entryway, kitchen, sun room, or even living and dining rooms.

84 thoughts on “Slate Flooring”

  1. I have tiled and grouted a floor with slate tiles and I have a question. On some of the lighter colored tiles there are what appear to be water marks around the edges. It looks like the tile absorbed moisture from the grout through the edges and there is a line where the water penetrated. Any way to get rid of this or at least make it uniform?

  2. Thanks for the reply but I have some follow up. This doesn’t really look like grout haze and I say this for a two reasons. First, it is darker around the edge of tile and I would have thought a haze would have been lighter. Second, the discoloration is a very uniform darkness around the outside edge of the tile about 1/2″ wide. It looks like a border. I would think that haze would occur anywhere the grout was and it certainly was in more place than that. Also, the same uniform discoloration is on several tiles.

  3. We moved into an old Farmhouse. The kitchen has a slate floor, which was probably nice at one time.The grout is coming out and it looks as if it was never sealed. It has a dull film on it.
    We would like to restore it, regrout, and re-seal it. My husband is very good when it comes to restoring our house. Can you give us any products that would be the best for what we need to do? Tahnks.

  4. Hi Barb!
    Sounds like a project! I know that AquaMix makes very good products for almost any flooring material. The link will take you to their product page that’s just for slate flooring.
    Just be sure that when re-grouting that you have already sealed the slate, or else the grouting can literally get into the slates pores – really difficult to fix if that happens.
    Best of luck – I’ll bet it turns out beautiful!

  5. Yes, you are absolutely right about hiring a professional to install slate.
    I had 900+ ft installed a few years ago by who I “thought” was a professional. The floor turned out a nightmare. Edges were higher than others, tiles were higher than others – you had to tiptoe otherwise risk foot injury.
    I would still not recommend this floor for the interior though. The variations in the stone surface make it hard on your feet.
    I finally had laminate installed and the slate removed. Just enduring the toxic dust from the removing was enough…..with the laminate I can now walk on a soft even smooth surface and my feet are happy again…..
    Think twice before installing slate inside your home – even with excellent installation – hope this saves even one person from the misery I went through of having “that beautiful slate floor inside my home”.

  6. After the installer sealed our slate floor,the slate appeared cloudy. AFter using mineral spirits on the floor, the slate has a more natural look but is quite dull. Should another sealer be applied since the mineral spirits was used?

  7. Hi Jan,
    Why did the installer choose mineral spirits? If I’m reading between the lines correctly, it sounds like he sealed the slate and then discovered it looked horrible and used mineral spirits to hopefully thin out the sealer in hopes of removing the grout haze too? That’s not how it works, the grouting haze is supposed to be removed before it’s sealed.
    If the installer charged you for sealing too, then he needs to come back and make this right if you’re not happy with it, presuming of course, that the sealant wasn’t supposed to leave the slate looking so dull…………. which, reading between the lines again, tells me it shouldn’t.

  8. I have slate flooring in the bathroom and lining the shower walls. I would like it to have some luster to it. The slate has been sealed several times while it was being laid. Is there a product that can give it some type of shine or luster, not necessarily a polished look like my granite.

  9. Hi denipolis,
    Yes, there are products for this. I think that what you want is a high sheen product – something to give it that wet look? There are also low sheen products and no sheen (which I know you don’t want). AquaMix has products for this and, so far, I haven’t heard anything but good about their products. A Lowe’s or Home Depot will probably have similar products as well. Whatever you use, just be sure that it is specifically formulated for slate, follow the direction and don’t be stingy when applying the product. ;~)

  10. Is it ok to toplace slate over existing concrete. This is the way a contractor wants to do my outside work. Can you tell me if I will have problems with this at a later time.Also, I like seams that are small can this be achieved with outside slate. What kind of product will I need to achieve a pattern with small seams.
    Thank you for your input

  11. Hi Laura,
    Yes, this is ok to do, so long as the concrete is sealed against moisture, helps to seal the stones before laying as well (extra moisture control + it makes it easier to clean up grout).
    I don’t know if small grout lines are possible since you did’t mention anything about the overall shape(s) of the slate or what your definition is of “small” seams. So long as the slate edges are straight, you should have no problem placing the stone rather close together.

  12. We recently installed slate and made two mistakes that we found out about after the fact — we didnt preseal the slate before grouting, and we didnt clean the excess grout off well enough before it dried (which was harder because we didnt preseal it). What is the best way to get the excess grout (patches in some places and just haze in others) off? And if/when we get that off, how/when would you recommend sealing it? Thanks.

  13. AquaMix has the products you need. I don’t know if their available in your area or not though. You can find locations that carry their products on their website too.
    After you get all the grout/haze removed, be sure to let your slate dry thoroughly before sealing – or you’ll be in for evem more issues and lots more work. As you have discovered, slate is porous. Give it a few days to dry out really, really well. You can speed up the process with a dehumidifier.

  14. We have recently taken an order of slate tiles, many of the tiles are covered in a white powder which is proving very hard to clean (soap and water). I don’t want to seal the slate with the powdery look. Any ideas on the best way to clean the slate before we seal it?

  15. HELP!
    I have 20-30 year old dark brown slate floors in my kitchen and breezeway with almost as many years worth of Mop ‘n Glow buildup on them. Is there any way of removing this?

  16. Hi Kim,
    I’m sorry to hear of your dilemma. Mop ‘n Glo is notoriously difficult to remove. Use the search box in the upper right hand corner of the page and you’ll see what I mean. You can try what has been suggested in other threads. You might also want to give BioShield a call and see if they know if they have a product to remove it. Heh…. and if so, please post back here! They have wonderful products, but I don’t know if they have a stripper that will remove this stuff.
    If you search at your favorite search engine (mine’s Google), you’ll see that you’re far from alone.
    Good luck!

  17. Researching the installation and maintenance of slate floor tiles – thank you one and all for your insight and tips (so sorry that I’m learning from others’ mistakes)!

  18. Thanks for the kind comment Molly. Yes, it’s a shame for those who made the mistakes, but at least others can learn from them so that hopefully somebody will be prevented from making the same mistakes. ;~)


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