How to Remove Varnish From Slate

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Two of the best features that come to mind in regards to slate tile are durability and resistance to stains. This makes it the ideal candidate for a flooring product, whether inside or out. Though it is considered brittle by some standards, the ease of maintenance has made it a popular choice amongst contemporary homeowners. Cleaning liquids off slate tile usually involves a little mild soap and water, but spilling a chemical as harsh as varnish should be worrisome. In all actuality, it is nearly as easy to remove varnish as it is a spilled glass of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Goo-removing solvent
  • Plastic scrub brush
  • Mop
  • Mix 1/2 cup mild dish soap with 2 gallons warm water in a bucket. Wet the sponge in the solution and wring it out. Wipe up as much of the spilled or dripped varnish as possible.

  • Spray the immediate area with the spray solvent and scrub vigorously with the plastic scrub brush. Allow the product to sit for 10 minutes.

  • Spray the area again and scrub with the brush. Wipe the area with the sponge and let it dry for a few minutes.

  • Continue spraying and scrubbing with the solvent every 10 minutes until all traces of the varnish are removed. This should only take two or three times at the most.

  • Use the mop to scrub the entire slate surface. Rinse with clear water and allow the floor an hour or two to dry.

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