Honed Slate Countertops
February 16, 2010- Honed slate tiles and slate slab along with other category of slate
tiles like brushed, flammed and polished create a charming slate kitchen to
tell the story of uniqueness and individuality. Various colors, size, shape
and texture of honed slate tiles can be used to create the difference. Also
due to dark and sophisticated look honed slate tiles and
are treated as the perfect
choice for the kitchen floor, backsplash
Although slate slabs are hard but these are flaky so a slate slab can split
in half. In spite of this slate slates and tiles are very durable and so
used in kitchen.
What is Honed Slate Tile?
is a natural stone that
has uneven surface because of clefs. But there are certain applications like
slate countertops, cladding and outdoor flooring where smooth surface of
slate tiles are required and for this the surface of the slate tile is
grounded for a smooth finish. This process is called honing and the slate
tile so produced is called honed slate tile.
Where in the Kitchen You can Use Honed Slate Tiles and Slate Slab?
There are primarily three places where you can use the honed slate tiles and
slate slabs to make the slate kitchen. These are:
Slate Kitchen Backsplash
- Kitchen Backsplash
- Kitchen Floor
- Kitchen Countertops
Color of Honed Slate Tiles for Kitchen
To create a slate kitchen
there is a huge range of colors from very light to dark. You can get white,
pink, green, gray, silver, red and even black color in slate kitchen. Black
slate slabs are hard to get so these are the most expensive of all. Deep
charcoal is the favourite choice for kitchen floor whereas black and gray
are used to make countertops and backsplash. Types of
How to Care and Clean Honed Slate Tiles?
- Slate slabs or honed slate tiles are resistant to fire but not to
scratching. So never drag anything on the surface of slate tile.
- For a regular and normal honed slate tile and slate slab cleaning,
use warm water, neutral cleaner and soft clean cloth.
- The rough surface of honed slate tiles and slate slab catches dust
very easily. So it is very important to do the deep cleaning before
mopping it. Direct mopping will lead to permanent scratches caused by
the dust particles on the surface of honed slate tiles.
- After cleaning it apply acrylic sealers so that cleaning in
- To clean any white deposit from the surface of honed
slate tiles and slate slabs it is
better to remove the excess of white deposit which actually is the salt
deposit. Now clean the surface of honed slate tiles with acid. Buy the
acid cleaner after consulting your slate slab provider. Use of strong
acid is never recommended for the honed slate tiles cleaning or for any
other slate slab. You can use the mild sulfamic acid.
- If there are scratches on the honed slate tiles then you can apply
topical sealer to hide them. If scratches are deep and strong then it is
better to resurface the entire honed slate tiles. In case of uneven
slate slab resurfacing cannot be done you can only use topical coating
to hide the scratches.
- Do not use linseed or any oil on the surface of honed slate tiles for
color enhancing purposes because it will attract so much of dust that
you wont be able to clean it properly. If you really want to enhance the
color of honed slate tiles then go with color enhancer without any side
- To remove the build up wax on the surface of your honed slate tiles
use the commercial wax stripper.