Slate Care and Maintenance
Treating: Our countertop installers will apply our organic Slate Oil to enhance the natural beauty and details of the slate. To keep this enhanced look, re-apply our Slate Oil as needed. There is no set rule on how often oiling should be done.
Cleaning: To clean slate, simply use a damp cloth or sponge with a gentle soap cleanser. Dish soap is the best. For a deeper clean, any cleaner will work without harming the slate. Since slate is a naturally non-porous stone, it will not absorb any spilled liquids or food and is bacteria free! If you clean the slate with anti-bacterial type cleaners, no worries! Just re-apply our Slate Oil.
Wipe down your slate countertops after each use with a damp, clean rag.
Scratches: Most scratches will disappear with a dab of Slate Oil. To permanently remove a deep scratch, use 120 or 220 grit sandpaper (depending on the depth of the scratch), sand the scratched area in a circular motion until the scratch is almost gone, then use 400 and 800 grit sandpaper to finish.
As an option Steel wool can also be used. Depending on the depth of the scratch, start off with very fine, #00 steel wool or medium course #2 steel wool. Super Fine Steel Wool, #0000 is the final finish.
You cannot hurt the slate, so don’t be afraid to experiment with either the sandpaper grit or the steel wool grades.
Once the scratch is sanded away, apply a light coat of Slate Oil to the area. Repeat the process as necessary.