Does American Slate need to be sealed?

kosinskiMay 25, 2012

We are considering using an American Slate product in our kitchen. We read that most slate needs to be sealed but this manufacturer is saying it is not needed. Does anyone have this product and have they found this to be true?

Also, we are concerned about the potential for scratching at chair and table legs.

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It shouldn't scratch..but I only know of slate that should be sealed.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 10:49PM
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If it's a true slate, yes it needs to be sealed periodically....and yes, it is easy to scratch. You might try protecting the chair and table legs with plastic or felt.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 12:17AM
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There are also products that are not slate, but are called slate.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 3:47PM
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Thanks. We just got samples in the mail. The manuf says they are slate but they are extremely uniform in texture and thickness, much more so than the other products we have seen.

We did a stain test and a scratch test. For stain test we put olive oil and canola oil on a spot, let it sit and wiped with a wet rag. No sign of oil remained once it dried. This seemed good.

For scratch test I set tile on floor and dragged wood chair across it. Permanent scratches so this test was a failure. Maybe sealing it would help but the manuf said sealing not req'd but could be done once.

We are now leaning towards a wood floor (unfinished) with a durable sealer (boma traffic hd). At least I know that we can easily refinish if/when the floor gets scratched.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 8:38PM
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