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Installing slate floor


 

Once the slate is laid, as shown here, consider applying a sealer. While doing so is not necessary, coating the floor prevents the grout from staining over time. Apply the sealer with a paintbrush in thin, uniform coats. Most sealers dry in a couple of hours, and two coats should do the trick. Just stay off the floor for 24 hours after the each coat to avoid leaving footprints behind. To maintain the floor, clean it frequently with a solution 0 mild soap and water.

 

 

Step 1. Slate is easy to cut using a standard circular saw with an abrasive or masonry blade. The job, however, is very loud and messy. Wear eye, ear, and breathing protection when cutting. Support the tile on the end of a sawhorse or worktable while making the cuts.

 

Step 2. Begin spreading the mastic in the least accessible corner and work out, holding the notched trowel at a 45-deg. angle. Donít cover more area than you can reach over when placing the tile. Consult the product package to find out how long the adhesive can be uncovered before it starts to dry.

 

Step 3. Place each tile in the mastic, and twist it back-and-forth to set it properly. Follow any visible layout lines and use wood blocks or plastic spacers to keep the grout space consistent between tiles.

 

 

 

 

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