There are some projects that are completed, shared here on the blog, and then I don’t get asked about them again. Then, there are others that surface over and over. The Montauk blue slate tile floors were installed in our foyer are one of those projects. I receive a few inquiries about them each month, usually from people who found my photos in a Google search or on Pinterest. They want to know how the floor has held up as well as what sealer we used and how I keep it clean.
Now that we’ve lived with the floors for over two years, I thought I would write a blog post to put all of these answers in one place and provide a review for others who are considering slate floors for their home.
As a reminder, this is how the foyer looked before we replaced the tile and painted the walls and trim…
It wasn’t bad, but it was just so beige. So, so very beige. And I have nothing against beige when it’s intentional. This foyer definitely wasn’t intentional but was finished with default, non-offensive choices meant to appeal to a larger pool of potential buyers. I get that, but when I live in a home, I want it to feel like our home and these tiles didn’t feel homey to me.
So, I replaced them with classic Montauk Blue Slate Tile in a “random” pattern.
It was sealed in Aqua Mix Enrich ‘N’ Seal. The seal really did bring out the beautiful color of the slate and it has held up so well.
The floors were beautiful right after they were installed and they are still beautiful today.
The finish has held up beautifully to all sorts of spills and scratches. There were a couple of times where I was certain we’d leave a big scratch on the floor, but both times the scratch was only cosmetic and wiped right out.
As far as cleaning the Montauk Slate tile, I vacuum it regularly to clean up surface dust, dirt, and pet hair, and then I’ll use a steam mop a couple of times each month to clean and sanitize the floor. The tile floor continues into the half bath, so this is particularly important around the toilet. When needed, I’ll scrub around the toilet with some mild soap and warm water.
This floor is also incredibly forgiving with dirt and dust bunnies. Even though it’s dark, you don’t see every little thing on it. And I don’t feel like I have to baby it at all.
I would install this flooring again in a heartbeat. In fact, we have some tile leftover that is enough to do one of our small bathrooms, so we’ll probably do that at some point.
Does anyone else have slate floors in their home? Do you love yours as much as we love ours?
You can read more about the foyer makeover HERE.