The best work of the month

12 October 2018

Discovering a wonderful treatment on slate: the most beautiful work of September

How to clean and keep the slate in perfect condition

The best work of the month leads us to discover a wonderful treatment on slate, the beautiful Ligurian black stone, full of charm and tradition.

History, characteristics and slate treatment

September is the month characterized and remembered by everyone for the fateful return to school and it so happens that the most beautiful work of this month leads us to tell you about a stone that binds us to the school: the italian slate, better known, in fact, as a blackboard stone. The slate, originally from the Tigullio area (ie in the area between the municipality of Lavagna and the Fontanabuona Valley), is known for its “school use” or for the realization of blackboards, but in reality this material has a rich history and boasts, from antiquity to today, numerous and various fields of use. From art to architecture, from craftsmanship to industry, this metamorphic rock of sedimentary origin classified as tender or semi-hard, is a compact and elastic stone, which lends itself well to processing. Just to give some examples, its use as roofing material dates back to ancient times and had its apogee in the Middle Ages and then in the Renaissance. Due to its high strength and non-deformability, today in slate we produce billiard slabs placed under the carpet, high-quality architectural finishes and design solutions.

A treatment to maintain and clean slate

Although slate is a very resistant stone, it is ideal for decorating and covering floors, walls, etc. It is very delicate. In fact, to maintain the particular splendor that distinguishes it therefore, requires a little attention and specific treatments. With the passage of time, in fact, slate tends to lose its characteristic color. To better understand how we need to take action to recover and treat our slate surfaces, let’s discover a work carried out on a beautiful external covering of a wonderful villa.

Slate treatment steps

  1. The external slate of the villa was discolored, due to the atmospheric agents and the effect of UV rays, the external coating of the villa seemed to be extinguished, opaque, lacking in gloss and brilliance.
  2. After having carried out a deep cleaning of the surface, in order to recover the original color and to protect the slate, OIL-WET was applied on the perfectly dry coating. The product is a concentrated, water-oil repellent and tonal impregnator primer that ensures the stone materials a marked “wet effect” treatment, long lasting, resistant to staining substances, atmospheric agents and UV rays. Thanks to its low viscosity and moderate drying speed, it is easy to apply to any material. OIL-WET is ideal for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
  3. To facilitate the impregnation of the supports, OIL-WET has been diluted with DILUOIL: an odorless aliphatic diluent product, for the dilution of products impregnated with solvent.
  4. To intensify the black color of the stone and to ensure a unique shine, the treatment has been pigmented with black OILTONER.

 After the intervention the stone appears shiny and lucid and this treatment on slate will last for a long time!

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