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Tile Cleaners did an amazing job cleaning our porcelain tiles in the house. It helped us getting a higher price when selling our house. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who need to clean their tiles!

Mike Twiker, St Kilda, VIC

We have slate tiles in the dining area that needed to get cleaned. My friend gave me Tile Cleaners' business card so I called them asking how they actually do the cleaning. The team was very friendly and explaining. I booked cleaning with them and was very pleased. Thank you Tile Cleaners. Exceptional work!

Rose and Timothy Collosen, Arncliffe, NSW

Slate tiles are very porous and I wanted to get them sealed as soon as they were laid. I wasn't sure what kind of sealer to use in my case so I contacted Tile Cleaners. They consulted me over the phone and I ended up getting my tiles sealed the next day. Quick and easy. Thank you!

Mark Therasius, Benowa, Gold Coast , QLD

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Slate Tile Cleaning Sealing

We provide specialised cleaning services for slate floor tiles.

Save yourself time, effort and money and let our team of professionals bring your slate back to its best possible condition.

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

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 Slate Sealing Process

Slate tiles are durable and forgiving materials. Aggressive cleaning can remove accumulated soil, but professional striping is necessary to remove old coatings and wax.

What is Slate?

 Cleaning Black SlateSlate is a very dense, but soft and easily scratched material which can be used effectively outdoors as well as indoors. Slate is a foliated metamorphic rock derived from shale and consisting mainly of grains of mica and quartz. Most slate is grey to black, but the rock may be red or purple, depending on its mineral content. The surface of slate is generally uneven with cleft planes which can spall or flake due to the cleaving of the stone along its layers. Slate has a low to medium absorption rate of oils and other liquids and should be sealed with an oil-repellent penetrating sealer to prevent staining, reduce soiling and decrease the effects of foot traffic.


Cleaning Slate Floors

Cleaning slate tiles can present some difficult challenges due to the many varieties of slate and the fact that slate tiles are often sealed with topical water or solvent based sealing products.

deepshield moisture slate

There are many types of slate tiles originating from various places around the world and the slate tile cleaning process can vary depending on the type of slate tile being cleaned. Before cleaning slate you should test the slate surface to understand what type of sealers were used on the slate and to be sure that the cleaning product will not damage or create any discolouration. Alkaline cleaning products are generally safe for cleaning slate but cleaning slate with acidic based cleaning products could potentially damage the slate tile surface.

Unsealed Slate Tiles

If the slate tile appears to have a topical sealer, this will need to be stripped before any cleaning process can begin. It is also helpful to find out the type of sealer or wax that the floor was previously sealed with to be able to use the right product when stripping.

 black slate floor after cleaning

 Slate Tiles Cleaning

Because of slates cleft planes and strong possibility of spalling, slate should never be cleaned at very high pressures, and if so only when the grout is in good condition.

 slate floor before and after cleaning and sealing

Slate is fairly dense, but still highly porous - You can easily test how porous your natural slate is by applying a drop of water to the surface and watching how it is absorbed. You can then see how any type of water based stain can be absorbed by the slate tile surface and grout.

As slate tiles sometimes can naturally appear lacklustre, various sealing solutions have been designed to enhance the colour or create a glossy finish.

Sealing your slate will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your investment against stains.

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Two main sealing options exist for slate tiles

  • Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer
  • (Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)

  • Topical Sealer
  • (Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

A deep penetrating impregnating sealer protects slate and grout from water and oil based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores using nano-technology to create a breathable protective barrier. An impregnating sealer protects the slate surface and grout from absorbing stains while also resulting in cleaning and maintenance becoming much easier.

Australia's Deepshield™ range of impregnating water based sealer's, offer long term benefits, lasting for up to 10 years while Deepshield™ Gold, based on the latest fluoro-bond technology lasts for up to 15 years. A penetrating impregnating transparent sealer enters the pores of your stone and, once cured will not change the look of the tile or stone. A penetrating colour enhancing sealer is designed to enhance and enrich the natural look of stone surfaces.

Tile Cleaners® are the experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your slate looks its absolute best. Tile Cleaners® experienced technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealer is also helpful in situations where the old solvent based sealer can not be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years.

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We provide specialised cleaning solutions for slate tiles

Our equipment is ideal for both domestic and commercial cleaning jobs, leaving your slate tiles spotless and hygienic

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

Types of sealers used on slate tiles

It is very important to ensure that tiles achieve their cleanest possible condition prior to being sealed. This will protect the appearance of the tile, and importantly ensure that there won't be any dirt, stains or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

 Sealed Slate Tiles

To provide the best possible protection from oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance of your slate and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your slate with a high quality, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer.

 Slate Tiles in Living Room

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

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Slate Floors Maintenance

Slate can be well preserved if a proper maintenance cycle is put in place from the point of installation. Due to the lack of calcite in its composition, slate is resistant to acid, however problems can still arise if the slate is very porous as some can be in which case the application of a high quality penetrative sealer is an absolute must.

 Cleaning Slate Tiles Kitchen Floor

After you have cleaned your slate tiles you may notice that the grout is still not as clean as you had hoped for. It may be necessary to do some extra scrubbing along the grout lines with a scrub pad. Test the cleaner first on the slate to be sure it will not damage or discolour the slate tile surface.

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We provide specialised cleaning solutions for slate tiles.

Our equipment can handle both domestic and commercial cleaning jobs, leaving your slate tiles spotless and hygienic.

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


Tile Cleaners® Slate Services

Slate Tile and Grout Cleaning

Cleaning tile & grout takes a combination of specialised industrial equipment and heavy duty cleaning products. By using specially developed cleaning solutions & high pressure van mounted cleaning equipment we are able to clean your tiles & grout to the highest standards.

Slate Tile Sealing

All porous tiles should be sealed, sealing your tiles helps prevent & reduce staining. Sealing your slate will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your surfaces against stains.

Slate Stripping

Stripping, scrubbing and cleaning to remove old sealant and its residue, restoring the original appearance of the floor. Our technicians are equipped with all necessary equipment and possess all skills and experience needed to provide your slate tiles with an extensive floor stripping service. We can strip and reseal any hard surface flooring as well as wall tiles.

Efflorescence Treatment

Efflorescence is the formation of salt deposits on or near the surface of the tile and grout. Tile Cleaners® technicians have a variety of equipment for the effective removal of efflorescence. We also carry all the required treatments, agitation tools as well as chemical solutions to safely and effectively removed efflorescence deposits internally and externally.

Minor Tile Repair

Do you have cracked tiles, chipped tiles, loose tiles or discoloured tiles in your walls, floors, stairs or around the swimming pool. Do you have spare tiles left over from installation? Tile Cleaners® have professional & experienced tilers in our team that can assist you with repairing your indoor & outdoor tiles and replacing the broken/damaged tiles.

Grout Colour Sealing

Tile Cleaners® technicians are able to re-colour badly stained grout or change the colour of existing and/or stained grout. Tile Cleaners® Grout Colour Sealing service is specifically designed and developed to rejuvenate your dirty old grout and make it look BRAND NEW once again!

You can once again enjoy your slate tiles in their best possible condition

Give us a call today on 1300 771 201, our knowledgeable and friendly customer service can assist you with all your questions and bookings.

Frequently Asked Questions


You will know it's time to have your slate floors stripped, cleaned and sealed once they begin to appear dull or "matte" even after you have given them an efficient regular clean. If you notice that your slate tiles are staining easily, it's a good indication that your previous sealer is wearing off and your slate floors will need to be resealed immediately to prevent permanent staining.

Yes, our tile cleaning services are safe! Tile Cleaners® generally use only the highest quality water based products alongside our state of the art cleaning machinery to provide the best cleaning solution without compromising your slate tiles. Stone tiles are porous and require more attention than man made tiles, which is why its extremely important to use the correct products and equipment necessary to bring your slate tiles back to their best possible condition. Tile Cleaners® prides itself on specifically catering for each tile variety.

Tile Cleaners® prefer to use high quality non-solvent based stripping and sealing products. These products are not messy and won't damage your slate tiles or anything else in your home. Current non-solvent based strippers and techniques are more than adequate. Tile Cleaners® technicians can apply solvent based strippers in very specific circumstances, however this requires leaving the premises for up to 48 hours and a very high level of safety and protection.

Here at Tile Cleaners® we understand the importance of your family's safety, which is why Tile Cleaners® prefer to use non-toxic finishing agents as we not only want to protect your slate floors, but your families health too. Materials and agents that present potential health hazards are not in our product portfolio and never have been.

Our professional team will go through the job processes with you step by step so you know exactly what you're getting. The process includes stripping any previous sealer if it was applied, the slate is then thoroughly cleaned and neutralised so that it is free of dust, residue and anything else that can affect the new sealer. A new sealer is applied to the dry slate floor and allowed to set. The newly sealed slate floor will not only look new again, it will be protected and result in your slate becoming easier to maintain.

To keep your slate tiles and grout looking new, Tile Cleaners® recommend cleaning each week with a mild detergent to remove any dirt or grime from the slate surface. Strong detergents(strong acid or alkali) may affect the sealer, mild detergents and pH neutral substances are strongly recommended.

Tile Cleaners® charge per square meter for each separate room. There is a price list on the Tile Cleaners® website for you to review, or simply call us on 1300 771 201 for a free estimate. Before we begin our work each room is measured individually, work to be carried and all costs are confirmed with you.

We recommend that you measure each room of slate 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.

Tile Cleaners® technicians can help to move items that one person could be expected to move such as furniture with wheels, light furniture, tables and chairs, however as Tile Cleaners® insurance covers our restoration services, we will not be held liable for any damage caused to furniture or property you request our technicians to move.

Move all furniture and items up off the slate floor so it is ready for us to clean when we arrive.

It depends on the type of sealer used and the amount of foot traffic the slate tiles are being exposed to. Australia's Deepshield™ range of deep impregnating water based sealer's, offer long term benefits with Deepshield™ Gold lasting up to 15 years. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years. If you have a high amount of foot traffic or perhaps severe weather conditions(for outdoor tiles), you may experience a shorter lifetime. Sealing your slate tiles can also depend on the tiles condition. Once they start showing patchy areas and are staining easily then you should have them resealed. Give us a call and we can assist you with all your enquiries.

Slate floors can damage easily, any oily or harsh spills can damage the slate tiles and penetrate the pores leaving a permanent stain, unreachable by domestic cleaning methods. We strongly recommend sealing you slate tiles to keep their natural look and feel, to protect them against permanent staining and to prevent any future accidental damage. They will look their very best for longer and will be easier and more convenient to maintain.

The best time to have your slate tiles sealed is immediately after installation to prevent any accidental staining or damage. You will know that your slate tiles need sealing once you start noticing patchy sealed areas of the floor and/or your slate tiles are staining easier.

Yes we can. Efflorescence is a build up of salts and can be removed with efflorescence removers and other specialised cleaning techniques. Efflorescence is typically caused by a leakage behind the slate tiles or through damaged grout lines. The efflorescence can be removed but it is important the cause of the efflorescence is resoled.

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