These Gorgeous Tiles Came Back to Life with a Stone Cleaning in Jamaica Plain, MA
August 30, 2017
This homeowner bought a property for a great price, knowing he would have to invest in it to restore several of the deteriorated rooms. Moving to Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts was never his initial intention, but he seized the opportunity of finally getting his own place. Besides, the property was located close to the Arnold Arboretum, where he could go for daily jogs around the meadows and shallow streams.
Among some improvements that the place needed, there was this small powder room whose floor had seen better days. The homeowner noticed the deterioration right when he was examining the property before buying it. He had concluded during the house inspection that the tiles had no solution—they needed to be removed and replaced with brand new ones, as he couldn't think of another way to reverse that much deterioration. Nevertheless, he tried searching online for a stone cleaning company in Jamaica Plain
to see if there was a team capable of restoring the surface at a fair price. Luckily, he found Sir Grout of Greater Boston among the first search results.
He surfed through our before and after stories and found a former restoration job of a braided marble floor
similar to the one he had in his powder room; the project amazed him—a grout and stone cleaning carried out by Sir Grout of Greater Boston was enough to make the surface look completely renovated. At that very moment, he decided to contact us through our website to see if we were able to check out his floor. Our team received a request asking for a free, in-home consultation as soon as our availability allowed. We got in touch with the Jamaica Plain resident to confirm the appointment.
The homeowner was eager to welcome us on the scheduled day and show us the room he wanted to restore. As you can see in the picture above, the tiny floor tiles were arranged in an interesting, gorgeous pattern that remained nonetheless hidden due to layers of dust and embedded dirt. Upon looking at the tiny multicolored tiles, we noticed that mold and mildew filled both the stone and the grout lines, especially in the area close to the bathroomware. Also, the lack of cleaning had discolored the tiles, which had a yellowish, unappealing shade. We understood why the homeowner thought there was no salvation for the surface, however, it was nothing our team couldn't solve in a day!
To bring back the beauty to this gorgeous tiled floor, we proposed the client a deep cleaning, a honing service to refinish the stone tiles and a grout recoloring process using Sir Grout's ColorSeal—no need for retiling. He inquired about our ColorSeal process, so we carefully explained to him how the product would recolor the grout to any color he desired, while at the same time sealing it and protecting it against mold, mildew, stains, and water damage. Convinced and excited about not having to retile, the homeowner agreed to our proposal and asked us to start promptly, since he was about to throw a housewarming party with all of his family and friends and had decided to make the floor restoration a priority.
Our team had an arduous job ahead, given that floor patterns of small tiles mean more grout lines, and it's essential to be meticulous to achieve a great outcome. However, years of expertise and training had made our technicians experts in the field. We came back to the residence the day after and began the restoration by deeply cleaning the floor. First, our technicians applied Sir Grout's tile and grout cleaner and let it dwell to emulsify the dirt. Then, we used a high-speed, gentle scrubber to remove the grime (for the parts where the dirt was trapped in the grout lines, we switched to vapor-steam cleaning.) Next, we honed the surface to remove scratches and give the tiles a new finish.
Once clean and dry, we finished the project with ColorSeal. This is a delicate process, but our restorers are professionals, so the job always turns out great. They carefully applied the product around each grout line, paying attention to detail in the areas around the tiny diamond-shaped blue tiles and making sure no grout line remained uncovered.
The change was unbelievable; we were really proud of our work because the stone tiles had returned to their original beauty thanks to our cleaning and sealing techniques. The homeowner was ecstatic with the outcome! He had practically a brand-new floor but without having to spend thousands on new tiles. He couldn't wait to show it to his family.
The homeowner asked us for advice to maintain the floor and we walked him through a simple maintenance guide to keep stone floors in bathrooms looking impeccable. First of all, we recommended using a pH-neutral cleaner
to keep the dirt away without damaging the tiles, the grout, or the sealer. We also advised him to use a terry cloth or any other non-abrasive cleaning tool to dry or scrub the floor, given that steel wool and other kinds of wire sponges that are often used to remove dirt from grout can scratch the tiles. Last but not least, we encouraged him to include professional stone cleaning among his yearly home maintenance plan, especially for stone tile bathrooms that get a lot of moisture.
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