What you see in the pictures is an old coating sealer on this lovely slate floor has gone far beyond the point where a maintenance clean or a clean and re-coat is enough.

The floor as I mentioned was sealed with a topical sealer that the manufacturer states was designed for slate floors. Although it is not the worst sealer out there, there are other factors that are important to consider at the stage of choosing the right sealer for any floor.

Also, it is always the best practice to read the entire label of every product that you intend to use. In this situation, a mixture of several mistakes led the floor to be in that miserable state. The floor was clearly beyond an easy fix, therefore I had to strip the old sealer off the entire floor. This process is never easy on a riven surface and caused some difficulties here too.

In the end, it took nearly twice as long to completely remove the old coating than expected, but it did worth it.

Once the floor was clean I rinsed and neutralised again to get rid of any residue of cleaning solutions which could upset the sealer. After all this, I left it to dry overnight.

On my return the next day the floor was completely dry so I could start applying the new sealer to it. The customer decided to go with a topical sealer to make the floor easier to maintain. So I applied 4 coats of a good quality water based topical sealer which gave the floor a nice sheen too.

As you can see in the pictures below I managed to make quite a transformation and the customer was over the moon with the results.

Slate Chester after
Slate chester before1
Slate chester before2
Slate Chester after 2

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