how to prepare slate

Angela1000

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Hi, I would like to put some more slate into my tortoise table is it ok to use the slabs that have been sitting in my garden for years? if so what cleaning of them should I do first?

thanks a lot
 

Maro2Bear

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Hi, I would like to put some more slate into my tortoise table is it ok to use the slabs that have been sitting in my garden for years? if so what cleaning of them should I do first?

thanks a lot

Id just give them a good washing off. hopefully you havent doised them with chemicals..... slate is a pretty inert thing. Wash, scrub, use.
 

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Hi, I would like to put some more slate into my tortoise table is it ok to use the slabs that have been sitting in my garden for years? if so what cleaning of them should I do first?

thanks a lot
I agree with Mark. If its a new piece I soak it in water in a large tub for a few days to leach any chemicals out of it. Then I scrub it, rinse it, and let it bake in the sun for a few more days. What I do is probably more than is necessary, but I don't mind the extra steps and time.
 
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