How to Reseal a Slate Tile Backsplash
Slate is a metamorphic stone made up of layers of compressed mud. Like most stone, it’s porous and can absorb moisture if it is not properly sealed. This moisture may leave behind a blot on the slate, which can be tough to clean off. Because kitchen backsplashes are subject to splashes of dirt, juice and other fluids, it is important to reseal your own slate flooring regularly to assist impede any prospective stains.
Spray rock cleaner onto the slate and then buff it with a soft cloth. Eliminate any present surface stains, dust, grease or debris which may be sealed to the surface of the stone. Allow the slate dry thoroughly.
Pour some sealer to a dish and then dip a clean cloth into it. Wring it all the way out so the cloth is saturated but not dripping.
Put on the stone sealer to the slate with the soaked material. Wipe the surface of the slate with the cloth, taking care to receive all areas. Some slates have a cleft surface, which might indicate that you will need more sealer on the cloth to fully cover all of the cracks and crannies. The slate should appear wet in which the sealant is implemented; look for dry regions to be sure you get total coverage.
Wait about 10 minutes for the sealer to penetrate in the slate, then buff away the excess with a clean cloth. Keep on massaging and massaging the slate until it feels dry and not tacky to the touch. The sealer will continue to cure to the subsequent two hours.