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Slate rock is an example of a sedimentary rock. It gets formed from either clay or volcanic ash that has been superheated and pressurized underground. Slate is an extremely dense stone that comes in five subtle colors: green, red, gray, purple and black. Slightly less common are variegated purple and mottled purple slates, which have visible veins and shades of contrasting colors.


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  • Nonporous and stain resistant
  • Stunningly beautiful and very popular
  • Matte sheen, cleft texture or wet look
  • Very dense but soft
  • Sophisticated, old-world classic


  • Clean your counters regularly with a damp sponge and mild, non-acidic, non-antibacterial cleaner.
  • Can be polished with mineral oil.
  • Routinely polish with mineral oil.
  • Slate is prone to scratching, but can be buffed away by moistening the area and sand with 220-grit wet/dry sandpaper. Wipe away the particles again and rub the area with mineral oil to re-polish.
  • Re-apply the recommended stone sealer approximately every two years.
  • Check with your fabricator regarding sealing options.

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