Instructions for cleaning slate plates

Slate plates are durable over centuries - but of course not resistant to pollution over time. From time to time you have to be cleaned. How to do best, can you read here.

Slate and his cleaning

What you need to take care of the cleaning of slate is that it is a leafy and layered stone material - the surface is therefore very scratch-sensitive, even if slate is otherwise very durable and insensitive.

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Lithofin Mn Slate Oil 1 liter
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If slate - mostly of inferior quality - fades or even rusts out under sunlight, you cannot do anything about it even with cleaning. The best way to get rid of all other soiling is with alkaline cleaners, never with acids: Acid causes permanent light, very unsightly stains on slate.

Remove dirt from slate step by step

  • Alkaline based cleaner (never with acids!!)
  • Grout
  • HMK stone soap
  • HMK S 178 stain protection Premium Color
  • hard brush
  • soft rag
  • vacuum cleaner

1. Cleaning of coarse soiling, cement residue or wax residues

You only need to use this cleaning step if your slate surface actually has heavy soiling that cannot otherwise be removed. Work with grout and a stiff brush, then carefully vacuum the surface.

Under no circumstances should you work with acids - they will permanently leave very light stains on the slate!

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2. Remove scratches

If your slate surface has fine scratches, for example on a table top on slate, you can remove these scratches with fine steel wool. On the other hand, they usually disappear on the floor after a while by walking on the floor.

3. Gentle cleaning and impregnation

It is best to use stone soap for regular cleaning of slate, which also has a nourishing effect at the same time. There are different products on the market here; HMK, for example, is a very good brand.

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LITHOFIN KF intensive cleaner, 1 liter
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Use cotton cloths that are as soft as possible and not microfibers for cleaning slate surfaces.

4th. Impregnation and stain protection

There are also color-enhancing impregnations for slate, which also provide good protection against soiling. However, clinker oil is usually better suited for oil-containing types of slate.

Tips & Tricks If you regularly care for slate surfaces with suitable agents and re-impregnate them regularly, they will stay beautiful longer and stains will not stick as easily.