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November 12, 2018People usually choose tile surfaces for being resistance to moisture, especially when it comes to bathrooms where humidity is in every part of the room. Ceramic tiles are a safe option if homeowners want to avoid mold and mildew problems, but unfortunately things still go wrong. This is because people will try to maintain surfaces but ignore the grout. Grout is a cement-based mixture used to fill the space between the tiles, and if not properly maintained, it can cause problems.
Grout DiscoloringGrout discoloration is usually the first sign that humidity is damaging the surface. This is caused when moisture enters the grout, discoloring it over time. In the worst scenario, grout will gain a dark appearance or even start to crumble away.
Efflorescence IssuesThis is one of the most common problems with showers. Efflorescence is a white powder that builds on the surface over time. It is typically caused by water-soluble minerals after moisture evaporates from the surface. The minerals left behind create a buildup on the tiles and grout. This can be a difficult issue to take care of as time passes.
Trying to Solve the ProblemOnce the homeowner realized the problem was appearing throughout the entire surface, she tried to deep clean the shower, hoping to fix the issue herself. After applying different products and techniques she'd learned by watching DIY videos, she noticed there were no positive results. The ceramic tiles were still dingy, and the grout lines were grimy. What truly concerned her was seeing the grout on the expansion joints almost breaking away. The problem was only getting worse, so she decided it was time to ask for professional help.
Looking for a High-Quality CompanyShe asked a friend about the services he'd used months prior, when he'd had a similar problem with his shower. The man told her there was no better choice than Sir Grout of Greater Boston when it came to restoring hard surfaces. The owner, trusting in her friend's advice, searched online for our company. While browsing our website, she saw pictures in our photo gallery section and read several positive reviews from satisfied clients. She was completely convinced and decided to give us the opportunity to renew her master shower. She called and scheduled a free in-home consultation.
Examination DayOur team of professionals arrived at the customer's home to evaluate the surface and to offer the best solution for restoring it. When our experts entered the bathroom, they noticed the issues right away and understood what needed to be done to fix the problem. They explained to the resident that the lack of maintenance typically caused these issues, especially in the bathroom, where there is constant exposure to humidity. Our technicians offered a caulking service, which included cleaning the shower. The client agreed and set up a date for the job.
Restoration ProcessThe specialists returned to the house ready to begin the process. They began by cleaning the walls and bathtub by applying Sir Grout's pH-neutral cleaner with antimicrobial agents. They allowed it to soak for several minutes, then they used a high-speed scrubber to eliminate the accumulated dirt. Next, they used a vapor steam cleaner to remove any traces of mold and mildew to ensure the customer's safety.
ResultsAfter our specialists finished, they invited the woman to show her the outcome. She was amazed to see the spectacular condition of her master shower. It looked completely renewed. There was no trace of mold on the surface and the grout in the expansion joints was new. The homeowner thanked our technicians and mentioned she would recommend Sir Grout of Greater Boston to anyone experiencing similar problems with their hard surfaces.
Maintenance TipsBefore they left, our team of professionals gave some cleaning recommendations. We always give our customers tips about how they can keep their surfaces in good condition. First, we suggested using liquid soaps to avoid soap-scum problems in the future. Also, we advised her to keep the bathroom well-ventilated to prevent mold and mildew issues. Finally, we recommended never using soap-based products when cleaning the surface. Instead, use pH-neutral cleaners such as our proprietary Natural Hard Surface Cleaner, which can help inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold, and other microorganisms up to a week after it is applied.
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