Dirty No More! This Tile Cleaning Job in Franklin, TN, Restored this Bathtub to Its Usual Appearance
July 12, 2017Have you ever enjoyed taking a long bath at home after a hard day at work? Bathtubs are relaxing and can even be considered therapeutic. You can take a bath and forget about the world outside, not to mention the nice touch of style they add to any bathroom. The only drawback is that these distinctive pieces are severely exposed to moisture and hard water, which can lead to dirt buildup, soap scum, stains, and mold and mildew growth. It's important to be aware of signs of deterioration to prevent costly repairs. Keep in mind that bathtubs are often installed as tile or stone surfaces, for which caulk and grout are imperative. Overlooking aging and the need of restoration might end in water damage and a hideous appearance on your surface.
Setting the context
That was the case of this homeowner who lived in the historic downtown of Franklin, TN. She had always loved the combination of new and old, so it was no surprise when she fell in love with this classic home several years ago. It had the perfect balance of vintage and modern. Her favorite room was the master bathroom as it had a newly installed, white tile surface and a bathtub at that time. Unfortunately, the surface had become ugly and dirty over the years. The homeowner was frustrated with trying to remove all the dirt and mold and mildew, and every attempt seemed to make it worse. She then understood she had to leave it to professionals, so she went online and looked for Franklin tile cleaning and found Sir Grout Nashville among the top results.
Setting the appointment
The owner decided to visit our website and read some testimonials left by former satisfied clients, which made her feel confident about the company. The woman scheduled a free in-home consultation to have her shower assessed. She wanted her bathroom to sparkle, but she also wanted to learn why her methods were not working.
On the day of the appointment, our hard surface restoration expert arrived at our owner's home. She walked him to the shower and let him take a look at the unappealing scene. The specialist evaluated the state of the entire shower, and asked some questions about the homeowner's regular cleaning routine. A few minutes later, the specialist had a plan of action to tackle the situation and the answers the homeowner had been looking for. The professional told the owner that the shower had been subjected to incorrect cleaning products and methods that had led to the current state of the surface. He explained that it was necessary to carry out a multiple-stage procedure to regain the splendor of the shower. The homeowner agreed to the procedure and requested further information about her incorrect cleaning methods.
Causes of damage
The skilled restorer explained the causes of the damage in the bathroom. He started by saying that every tile surface requires grout to fill in the space between the tiles. This material's composition is highly porous, allowing the permeation of liquids and grime within the grout lines and causing the visible dirt and stains along the grout lines of the tile walls. Also, the installation of bathtubs makes caulk indispensable –a waterproof filler used to seal the space between the tub and the tile surface to prevent water from seeping in and under the tiles.
One of the main issues in this shower was the presence of heavy mold and mildew, especially in the caulk around the tub. This was from the use of abrasive cleaners and scrubbers that had caused the caulk to crack. Damaged caulk allows moisture to permeate, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Another problem was the dirt and stains in the grout lines and inside the bathtub. The owner had used soap based cleaning products for years. Soapy solutions leave a film on the surface that attracts dirt, forming a brownish layer of waxy grime.
On the day of the job, the specialist arrived at the marked time. He started working right away. First, he did a thorough cleaning with the appropriate cleaner and a high-speed, gentle scrubber to remove the dirt from the surface. After, the expert used vapor steam cleaning to remove soil from the most difficult areas and to eliminate the heavy mold and mildew. It's important to say that even though the surface had been deeply cleaned, it also had stains that remained even after steam cleaning. To remove them, the hard surface restorer used an acidic solution.
Color sealing stage
Once the cleaning stage was complete, the expert started the preventive stage that involved sealing the grout lines to stop water from seeping through the surface. For this procedure, it is necessary to be especially meticulous to avoid staining the tiles and bathtub. The tile and grout expert used Epoxy ColorSeal –Sir Grout's proprietary grout sealant. This modern product is extra tough and can last as long as grout itself if properly maintained. It acts like a shield that seals up grout pores and protects it against spills, stains, mold and mildew. Also, it comes in several colors and shades that make it possible for the owners to choose their preferred color. Our client chose an off-white shade that added light and freshness to the shower.
Showing the results
When the technician finished the job, he let the homeowner in to show her the results. She was thrilled to see how her shower had been brought back to life by the expert. She thanked him and told him that the results had exceeded her expectations. She even mentioned that it looked better than when she bought the house. The owner said she would recommend our work to anyone in need of a hard surface restoration.
Care and maintenance tips
At Sir Grout Nashville, we pride ourselves in educating our clients on how to care and maintain their hard surfaces. Loyal to our policy, our expert gave some final recommendations to the owner. He said it was imperative to keep the surface as dry as possible. He recommended using a squeegee or a towel to dry off the surface after taking a shower or a bath to ensure long lasting results. He also said that choosing the right cleaner was crucial to preserve the cleanliness of the surface. The expert suggested that she looked for a pH-neutral, soap-less cleaner to prevent grime buildup.
If your tile surfaces look brownish or stained, even after you've cleaned them, they may need a tile cleaning. Fortunately, Sir Grout Nashville has the best professional staff in the hard surface restoration industry who is highly trained to provide quality services at a fair price. For further information, fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page or call (615) 649-6767. We will gladly assist you. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep you up to date with our promotions!
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