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Grout Cleaning Transformed the Floors of this Family Home in Burlington, MA

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May 16, 2017

It is acknowledged that grout lines on high foot-traffic floors are difficult to maintain without constant cleaning and periodic sealing. Even if the damage is not immediately noticeable, lack of proper maintenance, dirty shoes, spills, or the use of wrong products will, at some point, deteriorate any hard surface. This is what happened to the floors in the house of this big family in Burlington, Massachusetts. The house owner and mother of five children hired our grout cleaning services in Burlington after noticing that her common area floors, which were bright and white before, looked dark and impoverished the appearance of the rooms.

Before and After Picture of a Tile Floor Grout Cleaning Service in Burlington, MA
The homeowner inherited the house from her dad and had been living there with her family for many years now. She was proud of the property her father had left her and was determined to keep it as tidy as she could, since it was one of her father's treasures.

Large, old houses are hard to maintain, and among the daily chores, taking care of five kids plus work these parents didn't have the time to pay attention to tile and grout care. As a consequence, dirt accumulated between the grout lines, making them as dark as the adjacent black tiles, as you can see in the picture above. While discussing the problem with her neighbor, she was advised to search for a grout cleaning company that could help her find a solution.

Since the homeowner had never hired that kind of service before, she didn't know of a company nearby, so she went online and searched for a team of experts in Burlington who offered tile and grout cleaning services and found Sir Grout of Greater Boston among the first search results. The Burlington resident browsed our site and came upon the exact grout cleaning service she needed while reading one of our before and after hard surface restoration stories. She called the number on our website and talked to one of our representatives to set up a free consultation at her home that same week.

Our team of hard surface restorers went to the Burlington residence on the set day to examine the floors that the client talked us about over the phone. From what we understood, the property was built decades ago when our client was barely a child; her father was a carpenter who made astonishing furniture. The house was replete with antique-style and handmade chiffoniers, cabinets, and cupboards that embellished every room. However, upon looking at the white and black ceramic tiles that covered the floors, we noticed the darkened grout lines that damaged the overall appearance of each room.

Before and After Picture of a Tile Floor Grout Cleaning in Burlington, MA
Since they were a family of seven, it's obvious that the common room floors received a lot of foot-traffic every day. Fortunately, it was nothing our craftsmen couldn't solve in a day. We offered the client a grout cleaning plus a color sealing service to restore the floors. She agreed to both procedures without a second thought.

We came back a few days later, as scheduled with the homeowner on the same day of the in-home consultation, to start the grout cleaning process. First, we needed to remove the dirt and grime from both the tiles and grout. So, we used our proprietary tile and grout cleaner with a gentle scrubber and a vapor steam machine.

Once the floors were completely clean, we started the grout restoration process. The Burlington residents wanted the grout to be white, so we used Sir Grout's ColorSeal procedure to re-color the grout to a uniform white. In most cases, the color of grout is uneven from the beginning. We use ColorSeal —an acrylic sealer that comes in an array of different shades— to even out the color of the grout and make it stain- and water-resistant.

The new color of the grout gave the rooms a refreshed aura. The homeowner and her husband were impressed by how such a small detail could change the entire appearance of the house. "It was a great job! Hard to believe the difference," she wrote us via email, thanking the Sir Grout of Greater Boston's technicians who went to her house to help her restore the floors. She also left us a flattering review on Yelp!:

Karen R - Burlington, MAMay 08, 2017

I am still walking around my kitchen and foyer and staring at the tile. Twenty years after it was first put down, it now looks like it did that very day. Chris is prompt and professional. A team of four very nice workers took five hours to pull off this miracle. I can't believe how nice it looks!


Even though the grout was now resistant to spills and dirt thanks to ColorSeal, it still needed periodic maintenance to prevent premature deterioration. To help the homeowners maintain their floors, we gave them a few recommendations before leaving so they could take care of the renewed floors. First, we strongly advised them to clean their floors at least once a week with a soap-less, pH-neutral cleaner since those do not damage grout, nor will they leave a sticky residue that traps dirt. Second, we gave them an easy-to-follow cleaning routine: soak the floor with the cleaner, let it dwell three to five minutes so that the product emulsifies the dirt, and use a clean towel or terry cloth to mop the surface.

Are the grout lines in your home looking darker than they did a few years ago? They might need a grout cleaning a recoloring service! If you live in Burlington or the surrounding area, Sir Grout of Greater Boston is at your service! We offer the best tile and grout cleaning services, as well as stone restoration. Call us at (781) 899-0388 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule an appointment for a free, in-home consultation today. Also, if you want to keep up to date with our promotions, subscribe to our newsletter.

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