The Tile and Stone Blog

Tile and Stone Maintenance

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Having accumulated over 35 years experience in the field of ceramic tiles and natural stone it seems only logical to share some of the insights and tips that I have picked up along the way with a wider audience.  Hence the Tile and Stone Blog.

I intend to build a useful and hopefully interesting archive of facts and tips on every aspect of living with and and caring for tile and stone installations. So please visit often and send us your feedback or add your comments to the relevant blog post. I look forward to receiving them.

Ian Taylor

The Tile and Stone Blog,
4 Gardd Y Gwanwyn,
Northop Hall,
Mold,
Flintshire,
CH7 6GA
UNITED KINGDOM

2 Comments

  1. We have a large area of black slate patio adjacent to and lower than a heavy clay back garden which partially drains across the slate in winter. This leaves hard water limescale deposits on the slate. How can I reduce the amount of limescale deposited, or make it easier to keep clean?

  2. Hi,

    I am not sure you can do anything to prevent the water, laden with minerals from the clay, from getting onto your slate. Unless that is you can dig a small drainage channel at the foot of the slope – you can get small plastic channels about 100 mm in cross section with metal or plastic gratings – that might help if feasible.

    Apart from that giving the slate a good clean then (in the summer) sealing it with a good impregnating sealer (either a natural one or an enhancing one – which would make it darker) will help. It won’t stop the deposits from landing on the slate but it will stop them from absorbing into the surface, or just getting a bit of a grip – so it will help cleaning significantly.

    Hope that helps

    Ian

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