Slate is an immensely popular choice for tiling floors and other surfaces in the home. Whilst resilient, it requires maintenance to keep it looking its best. If you feel your slate floor could benefit from a restoration, why not reach out to Tile & Stone Medic Lancashire today to find out how we can help?
Slate doesn’t easily scratch and is water resistant, so it doesn’t generally suffer from the same surface marking as other floor tile choices. It can, however, chip and flake easily. If you’ve noticed small chips on your slate this may not be a major issue. Especially after recently being installed, this is entirely normal and contributes to its unique look. If however the flaking seems excessive and the slate floor has become uncomfortable underfoot its likely in need of restoration.
Some slate floors can appear to become dull as time progresses. Where once the tiles may have gleamed and brightened a room, their reflections can dampen and disappear entirely if the slate isn’t well maintained. This dulling is caused when sealant, especially ‘wet look’ sealer, wears away.
Grout used to hold slate tiling in place can wear over time. Grout is not as water resistant or rugged as slate, so this an area where damage does sometimes become apparent. When customers experience cracked tiles it’s often due to damaged grouting enabling tiles to become loose and vulnerable to impact.
When restoring slate the most common job is simply topping up or completely reapplying the sealant. Particularly when a wet look sealant has been used, a top up can restore an amazing amount of shine back into a once dull slate floor. A professional job can leave it looking as good as, if not better than, new. We have a range of sealant products available so if a shiny finish isn’t what you’re looking for there are many other suitable options. Removing any built up dirt from the surface of the slate is necessary before any sealant can be applied. For this we would use one of our many specialist cleaning liquids depending on the condition of the slate.
In cases where tiling has chipped excessively or shattered, replacement slate is needed for a full restoration. We can help source replacements where necessary. If wear to the grouting has caused the slate to become damaged we have a range of high quality grouting options to ensure you get the longest lasting and most resilient fitting for your floor.
Will repairing my slate floor tiles cause disruption?
Slate is so hardwearing that, unless large amount of tiles need to be replaced, restoration is generally simple and not at all disruptive. No loud and bulky machinery is necessary and any chemicals deemed necessary will be perfectly safe for use in the home. We always work to the highest possible standards of health and safety.
If you think your slate floor may be in need of repair and restoration why not get in touch with us at Tile & Stone Medic Lancashire? We offer a great value service and have the experience we need to deliver you stunning results, every time.
Whilst we may use specialist chemicals in the course of our work, we can assure you that by the time we leave all residues will be gone and your tile or stone flooring will be perfectly safe for everyone to use. We work to extremely high standards of health and safety, conducting proper risk assessments where appropriate and never putting you or anyone else in danger.
We always work in the most considerate way possible. Work will be tailored to your needs and will fit around your schedule where possible. We avoid bringing loud or bulky machinery into your home and when a job is complete we thoroughly clean up after ourselves to leave your space looking as tidy as it did when we arrived.
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Other Hard Floor Cleaning service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.
Tile & Stone Medic Ltd are still trading through the Covid-19 crisis, but would like to assure all customers, that strict government guidelines regarding social distancing are being adhered to by all our staff. Gloves are worn at all times and alcohol sanitising gel used on a regular basis. Masks will be worn if requested to do so by the customer