No More Moldy Walls and Floors for this Bathroom After the Job of Our Tile and Grout Cleaners in Brookline Village, MA
June 10, 2017
Small tiles are an excellent choice to decorate a small bathroom; aside from making tiny rooms look bigger, they are easier to replace in case of repair. They have also proven to be less slippery, which is convenient in bathrooms and especially showers. However, grout stands out more with these types of tiles, and when grout gets moldy and dark, it becomes more noticeable and difficult to disguise.
This homeowner from Brookline Village, Massachusetts, contacted us after trying several methods to restore the small white tiles of his master bathroom himself. He finally gave up and decided that the room needed professional help. He went online to search for a team of tile and grout cleaners in Brookline Village
and found out about Sir Grout of Greater Boston's services through the crowd-sourced local business review website Angie's List—we have won this company's Super Service Award for five years in a row and we are one of the most recommended hard surface restoration companies that appear on the reputable site.
We received the petition of the Brookline resident and agreed upon a date to visit his property and examine the bathroom. On the day of the consultation, we finally got to see the bathroom our client described to us over the phone. It was a small yet charming room where he had installed white cabinets to match the small white tiles. The homeowner's wife was an artist who had painted white flowers in the upper walls of the room to add a delicate touch. However, mold and mildew covered a great amount of the grout lines in the shower, as well as the floor of the entire room, making it unappealing and deteriorated.
During the inspection, we asked the homeowner if the surfaces had ever been sealed; he said that they had, but about three years ago. When bathrooms aren't properly sealed, water that flows through the shower might seep through the grout, stimulating mold and mildew growth. In fact, as you can see in the before picture, the grout lines underneath the soap dish were not as deteriorated as the rest of the shower because water didn't hit this zone as much as the other ones.
In conclusion, the bathroom needed urgent restoration. Fortunately, it was nothing Sir Grout of Greater Boston's crew couldn't solve in just a day! After the inspection, we proposed a grout cleaning service plus a sealing procedure to prevent the shower from returning to that condition again; the homeowner accepted our proposal immediately and chose a date for the job that was convenient for him and available to us.
We came back to Brookline a few days later to start the restoration project. We began our cleaning process using different Sir Grout's non-toxic tile and grout cleaners to loosen and remove the embedded dirt, and to remove the mold and mildew from the grout lines. This first step was labor intensive in this particular shower due to the amount of soil and debris in the shower. We stripped and removed the dirt mostly by hand.
Once everything was clean, we performed all the necessary grout repairs and removed the old caulk in the expansion joints between the shower walls. We replaced the caulk with Stainmaster Epoxy grout, a longer lasting solution for the expansion joints in showers than standard caulking. Finally, we buffed on Sir Grout's Tile Armor sealant over the entire shower to protect it against future staining and mold or mildew. We repeated the same cleaning and clear sealing process for the rest of the bathroom. As a final touch, we vapor steam cleaned the shower door to make the glass look crystal-clear.
The job was more time consuming than we initially thought, but the hard work was worth it! The homeowner was thrilled with the restoration job. The grout looked much cleaner. The homeowner was so impressed by the results they took some time of their busy schedule to write us a review on Angie's List:
"From start to finish, the job was handled with total professionalism … When the job was completed and we saw the results, we were TOTALLY blown away! The entire shower stall and door looked brand new. We couldn't believe our eyes! It was absolutely amazing what this team could do."
Before we left the Brookline residence, we shared a few useful cleaning tips to help our clients maintain and keep the bathroom clean: first, we recommended to use a soap-less, pH-neutral cleaner, which won't break down grout as acid or alkaline cleaners sometimes do. Also, since moist air breeds mold and mildew in grout and tiles, we advised them to always keep the shower stall properly ventilated, especially after hot showers.
Do you need help restoring a shower in your home? If you live in Brookline or the surrounding area, Sir Grout of Greater Boston is at your service! We offer the best grout and tile cleaning services, as well as stone honing and polishing. Call us at (781) 899-0388
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