Cleaning and Sealing Black Slate floor tiles in Ilkley

Details below of a slate floor we cleaned and sealed in the kitchen of a house in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. You can see from the photographs that the large Black Slate floor tiles were looking dull and the grout had become soiled with ingrained dirt.

Black Slate floor Ilkley before Black Slate floor Ilkley before

Cleaning Black Slate Tile Flooring

To remove the remaining sealer and dirt from the Slate Floor Tiles I used a solution of Tile Doctor Remove & Go mixed 50/50 with Tile Doctor Nanotech Ultra-Clean agitated with a rotary scrubbing machine fitted with a scrubbing pad. The grout was particularly stained and given the scrubbing machine isn’t as effective on the grout lines it was necessary scrub in Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile and Grout cleaner into the grout lines by hand using a grout scrubbing brush. The floor was then washed down with water to neutralise it and remove any remaining cleaning solution prior to sealing, it had take all day to clean the floor so we decided to let it dry overnight and come back the next day to seal.

Sealing Slate Tile Flooring

The Slate was sealed with several coats of Tile Doctor High Shine Sealer which provides a good combination of stain protection together with a high-sheen finish. Slate needs four to five coats and it’s necessary to let it dry between coats this step can take some time to complete. You can see the different in the photograph below; also notice how the sealer has given the floor a lift; the sealer will also protect the grout from further staining.

Black Slate floor Ilkley After
 

Black Slate floor cleaned and sealed in Ilkley

Cleaning and Sealing a Yorkshire stone Floor in Ilkley

The owners of this house in Ilkley, West Yorkshire discovered this Yorkshire stone floor hidden under carpet, they had done their best to remove the carpet adhesive and carpet backing but unsatisfied with their efforts decided to get Tile Doctor to complete the job.

Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley

Yorkshire Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley and before cleaning

Cleaning the Yorkshire Stone Floor

To removing the remaining carpet glue and clean up the stone floor I applied mix of Tile Doctor Remove and Go combined with Tile Doctor Pro-Clean. This was left to dwell on the floor for a while before using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad to get the stone floor really clean. The machine isn’t a 100% effective on an uneven riven surface so it was necessary to get in with a stiff hand brush afterwards. Once I was satisfied with the condition of the stone floor it was given a sluice down with clean water which was removed using a wet vacuum to make sure no chemical was left on the floor as this could affect the sealer later.

Yorkshire Stone Floor in Ilkley Cleaned and Sealed

Yorkshire Stone Floor in Ilkley after Cleaning and Sealing

Sealing the Yorkshire Stone Floor

Sealing the Stone floor was a relatively straight forward process once the floor was clean and free of any debris etc. The sealer chosen for this floor was Tile Doctor Seal and Go which adds a low sheen whilst providing stain protection. Five coats were applied using a paint pad applicator on a pole, the number of coats you need depend on the porosity of the stone and each floor is different so you need to let each coat dry before proceeding to the next.

Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley

Yorkshire Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley and before cleaning

Cleaning and Sealing a Yorkshire Stone floor in Ilkley