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I noticed that some of the tiles in my bathroom walls were loose and the grout was coming off. I am a very busy so kept on postponing calling someone to fix it. One day I got home and the loose tiles were lying broken on the floor. Can you imagine my frustration? I rang my brother in panic and he gave me Tile Cleaners' contact details. I rang them straight away. The guys told me I needed a tiler and professional regrouting work done so I thought it would take ages to fix my problem. However they organized the work very well. I had my tiles fixed on Friday night the same week and the entire bathroom regrouted on Saturday. Thank you some much for your quick help; it was such a relief.

Kerry McMyre, Mosman, NSW

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Slate Cleaning & Sealing Experts

We provide specialised cleaning & sealing services for Slate tiles.

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, please Call 1300 771 201 or use our online enquiry form.

We cover all suburbs.

Slate Sealing Process

Tile Cleaners ® Slate Cleaning and Sealing service is the best process to restore your slate tiles to their lustrous fresh natural look again. If you have slate floors that are looking dull and not showing their true colour, you have just installed you slate tiles or your previous sealer is wearing off, Tile Cleaners ® Cleaning and Sealing will be you best choice to clean your tiles effectively and efficiently and protect them against any future spillage staining. Tile Cleaners ® are the leading experts in slate tile cleaning in Australia, with many years of experience, our large client base that varies from large shopping centres, hospitals, schools, large to small offices and home owners, you can rest assured that you are getting the premium in tile cleaning protection and cleaning. Slate is a porous natural stone that needs sealing to protect it against future staining. Wether you have newly installed your slate tiles or you are looking to bring back the new look to them, cleaning and sealing them with our state of the art machinery is your best option. First, we clean the natural stone with one of our alkaline or pH neutral products that wont affect or damage your slate tiles, to make sure it is free of any dirt residue or stains that are sitting on the stone. Then we will seal it with one of our water based sealers, either our Clear Topical Sealer that will give your tiles a shiny new look or our Clear Impregnating Penetrating Sealer that will protect your natural stone from the inside giving them a matte finish you will be pleased with. We will be able to help you achieve the best possible result with our best service for your slate tiles, just give us a call and we will handle everything.

Give us a call, we are happy to help you with your slate-cleaning enquiry, or you can submit to us your enquiry online and we will give you a call back as soon as we can. If you call now we will give you a free quote and you will be able to work out what service is best for you and we will guarantee your satisfaction with our professional service. You can call us at all times as we provide our tile cleaning service after hours for your convenience.

We cover all Suburbs.

What is Slate?

A very dense, but soft and easily scratched material with low porosity, slate can be used effectively outdoors as well as indoors. Slate is a foliated metamorphic rock which is derived from shale and consists mainly of grains of mica and quartz. Excellent exterior paving stone. Higher absorbency varieties are not suitable for exterior areas in freezing climates. Most slate is gray to black, but the rock may be red or purple, depending on its mineral content. The surface of slate is generally uneven and cleft planes can spall, due to the cleaving of the stone along its layers. Has low to medium absorption of oils and other liquids. Should be sealed with an oil-repellant penetrating sealer to prevent staining and reduce soiling. Because of the cleft planes and strong possibility of spalling, it should never be cleaned at pressures above 800 PSI and then only if the grout is in good condition.

We cover all Suburbs.

Sealing Slate Floors

There are three main types of sealing options available for slate tiles.

  • Impregnating clear sealer.
  • Enhancing type sealer.
  • Topical glossy sealer.

An impregnating clear sealer will protect the slate and grout from water based and oil based stains. You probably can see how porous natural slate is just by applying a drop of water to the slate surface and see how the slate absorbs the water. You can imagine how any type of water based stain will be absorbed by the slate tile surface and also the grout. Therefore an impregnating clear sealer will protect the slate surface from absorbing stains and make it easier to clean the slate and the grout.

We provide specialised cleaning & sealing solutions for Slate tiles.

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, please Call 1300 771 201 or use our online enquiry form.

We cover all suburbs.

Slate Before and After Sealing

Types of sealers used on slate tiles

Both water based sealers and solvent-based sealers can be used on slate. However, unless needed for a specific reason, we always recommend using water based sealers as they are do not produce smelly fumes on application and removal, and they are a lot easier to apply and remove, and take less drying time. In fact, solvent-based sealers are now banned in many parts of the world, including most of Europe.

It is however important to know which type of water based sealer to use on your slate tile, which also depends on wether they are inside or outside, as most sealers will not last long outside as they are designed for internal use. So if your slate is outside, it is important to use a water based sealer that is specifically made for outdoor slate.

You should always ensure that the tiles themselves are completely clean, before you attempt to seal up the tile. This will protect the appearance of the tile, and help to be sure that there won't be any dirt or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

There are two types of impregnating clear sealers, Water based clear sealer & Solvent based clear sealer. In the past solvent based sealers were used as they used to absorb deeper into the slate and grout and used to last longer. However today with all the new advanced types of quality water based sealers available in the market, it is reccomended to use water based sealers only, which typically have less of an odor when applying and removing.

Applying a solvent based clear sealer can be much more difficult to apply and can cause major problems if applied incorrectly, and is also alot harder to remove. We reccomend the use of water based sealers in most cases.

At Tile Cleaners ® we generally recommended to our clients the application of a water based sealers to their slate tiles and grout.

Topical sealers (glossy plastic coating over the top of the slate) are still used on slate, but these older style sealers can trap moisture in the stone and make the surface very slippery when wet. Plus, when a topical sealer wears in higher traffic areas, the entire surface has to be stripped and re-sealed,

To provide premium protection from oil and water-based stains, maintain the look and slip resistance of the slate and prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is important to seal slate with a high quality, invisible, fully breathe-able impregnating sealer.

Slate Tiles After Cleaning And Sealing

We provide specialised cleaning & sealing solutions for Slate tiles.

Our Slate Floor Restoration service will bring back your slate tiles & grout to its best possible condition, and protect them for years to come.

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, please Call 1300 771 201 or use our online enquiry form.

We cover all suburbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is Slate tiles cleaning and sealing?
  • A: Slate tiles clean and seal is simply the process of cleaning the slate tiles and then resealing it. Slate tiles can look dull, dirty and discoloured over time, making it look older and really bringing down the feel of the home. By cleaning and resealing it, you can bring the grout and tiles back up to a beautiful, lustrous appearance.
  • Q: What process can I expect when you come to clean and seal my Slate tiles?
  • A: Our Tile Cleaners ® professional team will go through the job processes step by step so you know exactly what your getting. The slate floor is thoroughly cleaned and neutralised so that it is free of dust, residue and anything else that can affect the new sealer. The new sealer is then applied to the dry slate floor and allowed to set. The newly sealed slate tiles will not only look as new again, it will also protect the slate surface for longer and make it much easier to clean.
  • Q: How long does it take to clean and seal my slate tiles?
  • A: It all depends on the size of the area that we are cleaning and sealing but most jobs take 4 - 8 hours to complete, we do cleaning and sealing in the same day so you don't have to fuss with more than one appointment.
  • Q: What does your restoration services include?
  • A: Our slate floor restoration services include effective cleaning and sealing of slate floors and their long-term protection by employing state of the art equipment and technical expertise. Your floor can look neat and fine once again, just give us a ring and let us handle everything.
  • Q: There is a stain on my slate floor. Can you remove it?
  • A: If the stain is new and has not set in well, we will probably be able to remove it. However, we cannot guarantee that we will remove it completely but to its best possible restorable condition. Some stains might penetrate the natural stone and settle in below the surface and can be hard to clean out. It is important to have us strip, clean and seal your floor so in the future nothing will be able to stain your slate floors.
  • Q: Is it safe to get my slate tiles cleaned and sealed?
  • A: Yes, our tile cleaning services are safe! At Tile Cleaners ® we use only the best water based products alongside our state of the art cleaning machinery to provide the best cleaning solution at no compromise to your slate tiles condition. Natural stone based tiles are usually more porous and require a lot more attention than regular man made tiles, that's why its extremely important to use the right products and equipment necessary for bringing your slate tiles back to their best possible condition. Tile Cleaners ® prides itself for catering for each tile type.
  • Q: Are your cleaning products toxic?
  • A: Here at Tile Cleaners ® we understand the importance of your family's safety. This is why Tile Cleaners ® only use non-toxic finishing agents as we not only want to protect your slate tiles, but your families health too. Materials and agents that can be of health hazard are not in our product portfolio and have never been.
  • Q: What can I do to keep my slate tiles looking new?
  • A: To keep your slate tiles and grout looking new, Tile Cleaners ® recommend cleaning each week with a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent to remove any dirt or grime from the slate tiled surface. Any strong detergents (any strong acid or alkali) may affect the sealer, mild detergents and pH neutral substances are strongly recommended. Your best choice to keep your slate tiles protected and to keep that natural fresh lock is to seal them with one of our water based sealers. Wether you choose our Topical Sealer for a shiny look or our Impregnating Penetrating Sealer for a matte protective finish, you can rest assured that you slate is getting the highest protection available. If the slate is honed or polished, regular professional maintenance will be required to maintain its appearance and remove any scratches or loss of shine and lustre.
  • Q: How will you charge me for cleaning and sealing my slate tiles?
  • A: We charge per square meter for each separate slate room. There is a price list on the cleaners website for you to review. We prefer you measure each room individually before we come so when we charge you in the end it will be fast and easy for everyone.
  • Q: How do I measure the size of the slate area?
  • A: We recommend that you measure each slate room separately. They way to measure is the width * length. For example a room that is 3 meters long and 2 meters wide is 3 * 2 = 6m2 in total.
  • Q: Will you help me move my furniture?
  • A: Tile Cleaners ® do not move large furniture because we are not insured for such work but we can help you move your smaller items.
  • Q: What should I do to prepare for the slate floors cleaning?
  • A: Move all furniture and items up off the floor so it is ready for us to clean when we arrive.
Slate Cleaning

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, please Call 1300 771 201 or use the online enquiry form at the top of the page.

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