Slate wall tile creates an incredibly beautiful bathroom wall tile all the way to the bathroom shower tiles. It's also responsible for the many beautiful Slate countertops and slate floor tiles that a lot of folks are enjoying today.
It is famous for its natural beauty and durability. But Slate just like most other Unglazed Ceramic tile or natural stone tiles, only stays that way if given the proper care.
If Slate, unglazed ceramic tiles or other stone bathroom wall tiles or shower tiles are not cleaned and sealed adequately, you are almost guaranteed to run into negative issues.
And Like a lot of Unglazed Ceramic Tiles or Natural Stone Tiles that are used as a bathroom shower tile, there is always the risk of the surface along with the tile grout breaking down and becoming stained and damaged.
And with slate tiles you also run the risk of the different layers of the tile surface, slowly chipping away.
So what's the solution? Well, Sealing your Tiles will certainly take away a lot of the risk.
Just as with other Stone tiles or Unglazed Ceramic Tiles, Sealing Slate wall tiles, Slate Countertops, Slate floor tiles or bathroom shower tile, helps to create a protective shield over the tiles. And this water tight shield helps in protecting the tiles from the dangers of water and staining.
And if done as needed it will give your tiles a much longer life and keep them functional and looking good for many years to come.
* Never use an enhancing sealer on your Slate Tiles, Some of the Properties found in these sealers can cause the beautiful colors of Slate to bleed and leave the tiles with a blotchy appearance.
* These Topical sealers will not allow your Slate bathroom wall tiles to breath properly, So you not only run the risk of water, but also mold getting trapped inside the slate tiles and cause the tiles to slowly flake away.
* You can use the instructions on this page for sealing Unglazed Ceramic Tiles and other Stone tiles that require regular sealing, But be sure to find out from your tile manufacturer which tile sealer will work best with your particular type of tiles.
*Avoid using multi-surface cleaners to clean your Stone or Unglazed Ceramic Tile. These cleaners may contain waxes, oils, and acids, and these ingredients are sure to discolor or disintegrate your tile grout.
* For regular cleaning of your Stone or Unglazed Ceramic Tile, You'll do better to use a mild dishwashing liquid and warm water or a tile cleaner specifically designed for your type of tiles.
* To keep your Slate tiles looking their best clean them with a mild slate cleaner or with water and a mild dish-washing-liquid, at least every couple of months, And for the bathroom shower tiles weekly.
* Keep your Stone or Unglazed Ceramic tiles sealed annually, or within the period specified on the label of your tile sealer container.
* Slate tile is very porous, So you're going to need to use a high-quality water-based impregnating sealer. The quality of these sealers will protect the tiles, while also allowing them to breathe. So the slate tiles will evaporate any water from the inside and dry between usage of the shower.
* Porous Slate tiles will quickly absorb the cheap impregnating sealers, So they'll do very little in the way of actually sealing the tiles.
* Before Sealing Your Slate Tile, You'll first need to give it a deep cleaning, Because if there is any trace of dirt or soap scum on the surface of the tiles, it will prevent the tile sealant from absorbing into the tiles.
* Your Slate wall tile, Slate countertops, slate floor tiles or bathroom shower tile should also be dry before applying your tile sealant, So after cleaning, give your slate tiles the time needed to dry. Dry Slate tiles allow the tile sealant to absorb into the tiles completely.
First, you'll want to dust your Slate, Unglazed Ceramic tile or other Stone surface to remove any dust or other loose dirt or debris. You can do this by using a soft dry cloth or a dry mop.
You'll then want to towel or dry-mop your surface, and then allow the tiles and grout to air dry overnight. The next day your tiles will be ready to be sealed!
Removing Tough Stains From Slate Wall Tile, Slate Countertops Or Slate Floor Tiles
If your particular cleaning product didn't get rid of any stain on your tiles, Your next step is to try a poultice solution. It's another good tile specific product that you can find at any good tile supplier. The poultice paste sucks the stain right out of the tile!
Once you're done removing the stain, towel or dry-mop your Slate surface and let it dry overnight. Then you can move on to sealing your tiles.
It's best to use a cotton towel saturated with as much tile sealant as possible; Your goal is to soak your slate tiles with the sealant thoroughly. So if your sealing a wall, Choose one wall as your starting point. Expect for some of the tile sealer to drip onto the floor, tub or shower floor, so be sure to cover them enough to protect them from the dripping tile sealant.
Wipe your Slate tiles with the wet sealant towel, And continue until all the tiles are drenched. And apply more sealant to your cloth as needed.
If you're sealing Slate countertops or Slate floor tiles just apply the tile sealant to the entire surface all at once.
Remember Slate is very porous so it will absorb a lot of the tile sealant but just continue applying the sealant to your Slate tiles. And be careful not to allow the sealer to dry on the surface while you're still wiping them with sealer.
Removing the Excess sealer is a crucial part in sealing your tiles. You'll want to wipe off all the excess sealer from the surface of the Slate tiles and also from the grout. You want the sealer to dry to an even coat and not with any pools of sealer left behind.
The best material to use for removing the excess is either terry cloth or paper towels. Gently wipe the surface of your slate tiles with the soft material to remove any wet areas of sealer.
After you have sealed one wall of Slate wall tile or bathroom shower tiles, move on to the next. And continue until all your Slate wall tiles are sealed.
After you have wiped all the excess from your tiles, check for areas of haze. Areas of haze simply mean in these spots the tile sealant dried before it had a chance to set.
The best way to remove the haze is to saturate your cotton towel again with sealant and wipe it in this area before it dries. The newly applied sealant will reactivate the hazed sealant. Afterward, you can wipe away the haze.
The extra effort you put into caring for your Slate countertop, Slate floor tiles or Slate wall tile will pay off many times over, every time you look at the beauty and warmth they bring to your home! And if you continue caring for them properly, they'll last for many more years to come.