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A Tile Sealing Service Prevented Severe Water Damage for This Bathroom in Needham, MA

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September 20, 2018

Wear and tear are some of the after-effects that time has on the surfaces of a house, particularly in areas exposed to a constant flux of people and moisture. They are continually exposed to external agents which can cause varying degrees of deterioration, leading to severe problems and unnecessary expenses. This is why homeowners must be really careful when it comes to the status and cleaning of their shower areas. There are, however, situations which can happen to any of us that can hinder this process.

Before and after Picture of This Tile Sealing Job Done in Needham, MA, to Prevent Water Damage in this shower
One homeowner had been living in her house in Needham for about three years, and since she had recently gotten a new job, she decided to put the house up for sale so she could look for a new one. Her biggest concern was the bathroom in the guest bedroom. Throughout the years, people had stayed in this guest bedroom and she had paid little attention to the state of the bathroom. When she finally checked it, she noticed the surface was in a terrible state. Dirt had accumulated all around the tiles and the bathtub, giving it an awful look. She had her neighbor come over to assist her with finding help. Upon seeing her bathroom, the neighbor told her she had a similar issue before, which was solved thanks to a tile sealing service provided by our company. This prompted our client to get on her computer and search for Sir Grout of Greater Boston's tile sealing services in Needham MA, leading her to our website. After looking through several testimonials, she decided to schedule a free in-home evaluation.

A couple of days later, our experts arrived at the customer's home and were led to the bathroom shortly after. They immediately assessed the situation and determined the problem. The surfaces, especially in the bathtub, had accumulated a lot of grime. Upon closer inspection, they noticed the caulk had cracked in several spots, creating the perfect environment for mold growth. Our experts recommended a cleaning and tile sealing job for the bathroom's floor and shower, in addition to a replacement of the damaged caulk with Stainmaster epoxy in the bathtub's joints. The customer agreed.

Water intrusion into a home can cause devastating damage on the property. Mold and mildew are the most common byproducts of water seepage. Even though caulk is one of the basic steps to prevent these and other problems from happening, most people forget it has to be properly maintained to keep doing its job. However, most standard forms of caulk are likely to crack, peel and get moldy over time. That is why we use our proprietary Stainmaster for shower areas. This is an epoxy-based caulk that is plastic-like, so it is non-porous. This prevents cracking, peeling, and drying out easily while being resistant to mold and mildew. In our client's case, given the state of the joints around her bathtub, Stainmaster was the best choice.

Our team started the restoration process with a thorough cleaning job, first using an antimicrobial pH-neutral cleaner and letting it sit for a few minutes, then using a high-speed scrubber to remove the grime from the surfaces. This is to ensure the surface remains perfectly clean and protected from different microorganisms. Shortly after, the old caulk was removed, because it was far too damaged to be restored. We replaced it with our proprietary Stainmaster epoxy caulk, which will keep the bathroom protected from all kinds of harm. We finished the job by sealing with Tile Armor on the shower and bathroom floor. This is a water-based sealant that protects hard surfaces from external agents and wear caused by moisture.

We were pleased with the amazing results, as was the homeowner, who even left us a review:
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Meredith F - Boston, MAJuly 26, 2018

Wow, thanks so much! So glad Karen recommended you. She of course has high standards and you didn't disappoint! Feel free to use me as a reference if you ever have the need. I am thrilled with your timeliness, responsiveness, detail and level of communication. And of course the end result is the most important piece and from the pictures it looks terrific. I'm sure it will be just as impressive in person. Thanks again for helping us get the unit back in good shape!

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We gave her some care tips on how to keep the bathroom looking great. First, it is best to clean the surfaces frequently with pH-neutral and soap-less cleaners such as Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. This cleaner will not only keep surfaces clean, but it can also help inhibit the growth of bacteria for up to one week after it has been applied. Second, always keep an eye on the state of your tiles, caulk and grout to avoid severe damage. Finally, keep tub enclosures well-ventilated because this will help prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

Do you want to enhance the look of your bathroom? Call us at (781) 899-0388 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page to set up a date for a free in-home consultation. Sir Grout of Greater Boston is the best choice for tile cleaning and sealing services. Do not forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with the latest news and promotions.

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