Slate restoration is the most time consuming and challenging type of natural stone restoration. Not only is slate textured and uneven, but quite often it has been sealed or coated with many layers of topical finishes.
Removal of the thick layers of coatings is done the old-fashioned way, with “elbow grease” and the appropriate chemicals. Once the slate is completely stripped, the entire floor and grout lines are deep cleaned with high-pressured, super hot water that flushes dirt and grime within the textured surface, crevices, and grout lines.
After completing this process, the slate needs to dry for two to three days. While it is drying, we color seal the grout lines to make them look uniform, because old sealers permanently discolor grout joints making them appear blotchy after the stripping process. When the slate is dry, we apply color enhancing, glossy sealer to protect the slate from staining and to achieve the “wow factor” that you can see for yourself in the final images of each area: the hall (first six images), the stairway landing (the next four images), and two other high traffic areas (final four images).