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How to care for your floors

- Friday, December 28, 2012

So you’ve just had beautiful slate tiles laid, but it doesn’t take long for life to make them a bit dull and not as sparkling as you’d hope. There is a solution! The easiest way to stop your slate tiles from becoming scratched and marred is to dust mop your floors every day, or even several times a day if they’re placed in a busy area. Ensure you only sweep in one direction, don’t go back and forth or you’ll risk damaging your floor. Try to designate one dust mop per type of surface so for example, use a different dust mop for your slate tiles to your marble tiles or travertine tiles.

Of course, we recommend cleaning your floors around once to twice a week with a damp mop to ensure any dirt and grime is washed away to keep your tiles in tip top shiny condition. Make sure you only use warm water and that the floor is completely dry before replacing any mats, rugs or walking on it. Slate tiles can be very slippery when wet, so avoid the area after mopping.

The best tip to keep them looking brand new is to not wear shoes or walk on the them in bare feet which can cause dirt to be ground into the slate, making cleaning more regular and difficult. We recommend wearing socks or slippers to avoid scratches, and in high traffic areas a rug might be a good idea to protect against spills and dirt.