Step By Step Guide And The Materials Required To Seal Slate Floors
The slate stone is having the natural resistance towards the external elements and usually, the slate floors can be exposed to the moisture, abrasion as well. The users can apply the sealer layer over the slate floors so that it will have the long-lasting life and polish as well. The users can easily seal slate floors at home by gathering the below-mentioned materials and the following the below-defined steps:
- Natural Stone Sealant, Mop
- Detergent, Oxygen Bleach
- Natural Stone Cleanser & Distilled Water
Step 1: Select And Buy The Sealer
Start by buying the penetrating sealer that is specifically crafted for the natural stones containing the silicone content. This kind of sealer gets penetrated on the pores of the stones for the soft adhesion and then binds up the pores by its formulation of the silicone. If in case the grout of the tile is not sealed then the users need to buy a kind of sealer that can seal the grout and the tiles as well. The users can also select the brush or the spray type. The brush type can easily be applied by using the roller or the paintbrush and this sealant kind is less expensive than the spray type.
Step 2: Clean The Surface
Then the users need to detach the furnishing or other items that cover up the surface of the floor. If in case the users are having the newly installed flooring of the slate then they need to clean up the floor surface by using the mild soap and the water. Then mop down the floor and then rinse down the soap studs. Then allow the floor to get dried off completely. If in case the users have installed the slate flooring for a longer time period then they need to mix the water with the detergent and then soak up the cotton mop into this solution. Then rub the mop over the entire surface of the floor. Then they need to prep the bleach mixture and to do so they need to mix up the powder oxygen bleach and the water. Then wipe this bleach mixture over the entire floor surface and then rinse it down accordingly. Then they need to apply the acetone stripper over the floor surface and then scrub it down by using the scrubber so as to scrub down the grease or other dirt stains. The bleach usually contains some toxic elements and that is why it is advised to the users to wear the mask and the gloves so as to prevent themselves from breaking in the harmful fumes.
Step 3: Neutralize
The users need to buy the natural cleaner of the stone and then apply it over the entire floor surface. Then rinse it down by using the distilled water and then allow the floor to get dried off completely.
Step 4: Apply The Sealer
If in case the users are having the plan to paint down their tiles, then they need to buy the acrylic stain as per their desired color and then apply it over the entire surface of the floor. Then allow the paint to get dried off completely for almost 2 days so that the user can easily seal the tiles. Then the users need to use their desired sealer type and then evenly apply the sealer to the entire surface of the floor and then let it dry completely before applying the second layer of the sealer. Then allow the sealer to get dried off completely before walking over it respectively.