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  •  Slate may end up slippery, with "shower growth" (13+ / 0-)

    For some reason, I seem to recall, somewhere in the past, seeing something that talked about problems with slate in a shower: it can be very slippery and may load up with shower scum-which is not really "soap" scum, but a mat of bacterial growth mixed with soaps, oils, and things off our bodies. Slate isn't real good at fighting back against that, IIRC. Even coated. I know outdoors it gets "moldy" if left wet and not in full sun, very easily.

    OTOH, river stones might feel funny underfoot in the shower - have you walked on either to see if you'd like it? Most river stones are everything BUT slate, I'm not even sure how you would think of them-do they need coating also?

    I think you might want to Google a bit more, see if others have listed their experience with the different treatments, and what kind of results they got. Please keep us posted, too.

    "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

    by CodeTalker on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:36:44 AM PST

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      •  PS: sorry this is so late (I don't sleep much!) (1+ / 0-)
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        Just want to add that there are specific treatments/additives/coatings for the grout as well-some that you add right to the mix, some you apply after. Tip: stick with a brand or system; you can add to the mortar or grout mix, then treat the stone/grout lines after they set, and regular treatments as well. I set some tiles in a square inside my front door (the oak flooring was well beaten from previous kids), with small unglazed square tiles in a checkerboard pattern as a lower setting, surrounded by a border of thicker glazed tiles-which caught snow and mud and water. I was worried about the unglazed tiles getting ruined, so I added a silicone-type mix to the grout, then sealed the whole things after it set with a nice product from the same line; it lasted for many years and thru my 3 kids without looking worn at all, so I know. Google what's available, pick a system or line, read labels, and carefully use as directed-seriously! It works, and your shower will be all the happier for it.
        John

        "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

        by CodeTalker on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:41:56 PM PST

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