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Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

stupidfish
Established Contributor

Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

We have a small area in our home that has a slate floor. We've noticed that bits of it seem to be flaking away - especially if you happen to walk around bare foot. It becomes very messy and I'm concerned there could be permanent damage to the floor if I leave it. 

 

Can anyone offer an affordable suggestion on how to fix this?

Jackson
Super Contributor

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

Do you know what's underneath it? Ripping it up could be an option...

 

The biggest plus in taking this route is that you no longer have a slate floor.

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

Hi @stupidfish

 

Sorry for the slow reply.

 

Have you considered sealing the slate using something like http://www.bunnings.com.au/sealer-tileguard-4l-slate-sealer-63055_p6829109 or http://www.bunnings.com.au/crommelin-4l-slate-sealer_p0967058?

 

It might have the added bonus of enhancing the colour of the stone. 

 

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stupidfish
Established Contributor

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

Thanks Jason - might give that a go.

Eric
Budding Contributor

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

My parents decided to put slate through our entire house sometime in the late 80's.  The floor sealer is the way to go to stop it flaking.  

We also needed restumping when the house sunk under a few tonne of new slate....

Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

@stupidfish

 

I was just reading about Kerlite porcelein cladding. Sounds like a good solution for installing over the top of slate floors. 

SoMuch2Do
Junior Contributor

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

I have a lot of slate floors - all high quality tiles so no flaking. However before you seal the slate you will need to wash it and wash it (just mop and bucket of water) until the water is clear. May take a few attempts, depending how dirty. Any slate flakes will need to be removed. Sealing doesn't 'glue them back'. This will brighten the floor considerably.  Once clean and dry then give it a coat of sealer. Tip always end on a complete tile and go in one direction, otherwise it will show the strokes. Make sure you get the grout as well.

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Slate floor is flaking - any ideas on how to fix this?

Many thanks for sharing @SoMuch2Do, great advice.

 

Let me also extend a very warm welcome to Workshop. It's great to have you as part of the community. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

 

Jason

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