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CHARACTERISTICS OF SLATE

Slate is a decorative, practical natural stone tile solution for flooring, shower surrounds and countertops. It is a great choice when you are looking for a surface that is both slip resistant and durable. With the natural color variations, you have the option of getting creative when it comes time to install your slate. You can make a unique statement with your floor.

A fine-grained, metamorphic rock, Slate has been transformed by horizontal forces, heat and pressure within the earth’s crust. Slate occurs in a variety of colors due to the variation of minerals and compounds.

Slate is a porous stone that should be cleaned and sealed properly after installation. It is important to remove and debris from the stone before applying sealant. Depending on the desired finish, multiple coatings of acrylic or stone-enhancing sealant are applied for protection.

OUR PROFESSIONAL SLATE CLEANING

Our process for cleaning slate tile consists of using equipment and machinery designed specifically for natural stone, as well as hand washing the corners, edges and hard to reach areas. We use a combination of neutral ph cleaners and degreasers that are safe for your stone, your family and the environment.

We ensure the most thorough and detailed cleaning possible. Improper or aggressive cleaning can cause damage by opening the pores of the stone, making it more susceptible to staining from pet accidents, dirty mop water, spills, and grime/asphalt from shoe traffic. Our 18+ years of experience with slate and knowledge of the stone itself will avoid these issues.

As with all of our work, our technicians move most furniture excluding breakable and smaller items. We pay close attention to detail and ensure there is no dust and no mess created. We are extremely careful not to cause any damage to adjacent surfaces such as walls, baseboards, cabinets, appliances and carpets.

OUR SLATE SEALING PROCESS

Sealing natural stone slate after a professional cleaning helps prevent staining and makes routine cleanings easier. Our process begins by applying a high quality penetrating or topical sealant with a specialized applicator designed to work the seal into the pores of the stone. When applying a topical acrylic, we double coat the surface to ensure the best protection. In certain situations, additional coats are required.

If you are not sure what type of sealant is on your slate, call Arizona Tile & Grout Care Inc. at (520) 909-1413 for a no-obligation evaluation and estimate.

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OUR PROFESSIONAL SLATE REPAIRS

When it comes to slate repair, we offer a variety of services. Whether your slate tile is flooring, showers or countertops, we repair holes, cracks and other damage.

Cracks in stone or grout

Slate stone sometimes cracks or buckles with expansion and contraction of the substrate (surface underneath). This is usually caused by temperature change. Depending on the severity of the damage, we can repair it or arrange to replace the tile.

Holes or voids in the stone

Occasionally slate tile or the grout can break down resulting in a hole or void. Holes and chips can also be caused by furniture, and falling objects. We are usually able to fill these holes to blend.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SLATE

Slate should be maintained through frequent sweeping and mopping, using appropriate cleaners and fresh water. Be sure to change mop bucket water multiple times. This keeps the water clean, ensuring the stone will continue to look great for years to come. Depending on traffic and usage, professional cleaning and sealing is recommended on average, every 3-5 years . When properly maintained and cared for, this stone will stay beautiful and functional for generations. We provide detailed care instructions on the maintenance of your natural stone tile and grout.

CONTACT US

Arizona Tile & Grout Care protects, restores and beautifies the floors and surfaces of people’s most important assets- their homes and businesses. We have specialized in tile, stone and grout restoration since 1998 with over 14,400 jobs completed. We have 5 Angie’s List Super Service Awards and zero complaints with the Registrar of Contractors and the Better Business Bureau. We strive to maintain our stellar reputation. We want every customer to have a great experience with our service and feel good about recommending us to their family, friends and neighbors.

Contact us at 520-909-1413 to get a quote on slate tile cleaning, sealing and repair. We are happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your slate tile needs and provide a free estimate.