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October 18, 2018Waterproofing natural stone has become increasingly important for avoiding mold growth. Mold is a fungus that appears on surfaces such as stone when the conditions are damp and warm and there's presence of organic materials. For this reason, controlling moisture is a must to prevent mold from thriving. Once mold has taken over, eliminating it can be difficult because mold spores are small and can survive ineffective cleaning routines.
Finding the Problem's SourceOur team of experts arrived at the customer's house to inspect the travertine floor. Our team immediately noticed mold had set into the stone surfaces in the patio, making it impossible to remove by conventional means. One of our techs asked the homeowners if they had recently given the travertine floors proper maintenance. They said that in addition to their recent cleaning attempts, the floor had not been cleaned or sealed since it was first installed a few years prior. The answer given by the clients helped them better understand the situation at hand.
Getting Rid of the MoldOn the agreed-upon date, our team returned to the customer's home to perform the cleaning and sealing procedure. To start, they soaked the travertine surfaces with an antimicrobial stone-safe cleaner. This cleaning solution coats the stone and keeps it protected from harmful microorganisms for up to one week after it has been applied. After letting the cleaner rest on the surfaces for a couple of minutes, they began the deep-cleaning process by using a high-speed scrubber to remove the mold. Our experts made sure to be thorough and to not leave any trace of mold behind.
A Mold-Free WalkwayWhen the team finished the cleaning and sealing procedures, they let the homeowners see the results. The customers were amazed by how Sir Grout Nashville had managed to bring back the original appearance of the travertine. Our tech showed the customers how water should look over a properly sealed stone surface by letting a few drops of water fall onto the floor. Once they did, the drops beaded up on the stone as opposed to seeping in. The clients thanked our experts and said they would recommend our services to anyone in need of a stone cleaning and sealing service.
Tips to Keep Your Stone Surfaces in Great ConditionBefore leaving, our experts gave the homeowners some other tips to keep the travertine floor properly maintained. First, they recommended cleaning once a week with a pH-neutral, stone-safe cleaner such a Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Not only can this cleaner help with keeping the surface clean, it can also help with keeping the natural stone free of mold due to its antimicrobial properties. Second, they advised the customers to be more careful when watering the plants to avoid excess moisture. Finally, our team reminded the clients to keep a check on their sealant regularly. To do this, they suggested the homeowners place a few drops of water on the surface. If the liquid is absorbed, then it means the surface must be resealed.
Hire a Stone Cleaning Service Near You!Are your natural stone surfaces affected by mold? Trying to clean it on your own might not be enough. For a professional stone cleaning job in Brentwood or nearby areas, make sure to contact Sir Grout Nashville's experts in hard surface restoration. Call us at (615) 649-6767 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free in-home consultation today! Also, if you want to keep up with our latest news and promotions, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter.
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