Our Grout Cleaning Professionals in Belle Meade, TN Successfully Removed the Soap Scum and Mold from This Marble Shower
October 04, 2018Hard water is a naturally occurring geological process. It is produced when the dissolved minerals in the water reach a considerably high level. Over time, its effect can lead to inconvenient problems like ugly stains on bathrooms, sinks, and tubs. Hard water can create a film in these areas because it can't form a solution with soap, leaving behind a scummy residue. This is known as soap scum. Once the scale deposits itself on the surface, it builds up nasty stains that can be very difficult to get off. These deposits can make the kitchen or the bathroom look dirty and dingy even after cleaning. Soap scum can also combine itself with mold and mildew and thrive in grout lines, causing even more issues. If the home must rely on a hard water source, there will always be more of these scaly mineral deposits. Removing hardened soap scum stains is a task best left for professionals with the right tools and experience.
Our next client, a housewife from Belle Meade, TN, was struggling with the maintenance of her marble steam shower. At first, the upkeep was not difficult, but as time passed, issues started to appear. The humidity produced by the steam and the lack of proper ventilation led to mold and mildew growth on the marble. The fungi affected the entire shower, especially the ceiling. Furthermore, the hard water source in her house, in conjunction with the usage of bar soaps, caused the formation of soap scum on the surface. This left the shower unsightly and stained. She was not pleased with the condition of the shower, so she tried to solve the problems with some DIY methods she found online. Unfortunately, there were no improvements on the surfaces. The unsuccessful attempts left her no choice but to look for professional assistance. It was then when she found our grout cleaning service in Belle Meade, TN, and we were able to restore her shower.
The housewife went online again and searched for grout cleaning experts in Belle Meade, TN. She found Sir Grout Nashville in the top results and decided to browse our site. At first glance, she noticed the exceptional and professional services we offer. As she was going through our website, the picture gallery got her attention. The pictures showed her the impressive results of our work. She was relieved to see we had restored many surfaces with problems similar to those in her shower. After checking the pictures, she read some testimonials and the positive feedback our satisfied customers give us every day is a testament to our leadership in the hard surface restoration industry. She was fully convinced we could solve all her shower's issues. She gave us a call and requested a free in-home consultation.
We arrived at her house on the scheduled date for the shower's evaluation and to offer the most effective solution for its restoration. After greeting the owner, she led us in and we immediately began the assessment. We noticed the issues caused by hard water and bar soaps. We explained to her that the minerals in her water react with the fatty acids in the soap, forming mineral deposits. These deposits harden on the surface and become soap scum. As we continued with the inspection, we detected another problem. The shower's walls, floor, and ceiling were affected by mold and mildew. We told her these kinds of fungi thrive in damp areas and the humidity of the steam shower provided the perfect breeding ground for them. We concluded that the shower required our special process to be fully restored.
We offered a grout and stone cleaning service to remove the soap scum and the fungi from the surfaces with our top of the line products, professional equipment, and tested methods. We would also seal the grout lines with our special sealant. We assured the owner the shower would have a renewed appearance after our work. She was happy with our assessment and the solution we proposed. She accepted our offer and agreed to set up a date for the job.
A few days later, we returned to perform the shower's restoration. Our grout cleaning process consists of several steps that require the highest quality products, the most effective methods, and our professional equipment. We began by cleaning the walls, floor, and ceiling with our pH-neutral cleaner and a high-speed scrubber. Our product is safe for stone because it won't leave any residue that could be absorbed by the grout lines, thereby preventing stains or discoloration. Also, it now has an enhanced formula that can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. The surface can stay clean for an extended period of time after application. We removed all dirt and grime from the grout and marble surfaces and proceeded to the next step. We used a steam cleaner to get rid of the mold from the entire shower. After that, we removed the soap scum with a hard water stain remover.
Next, we were ready to replace the old, damaged grout. We removed a couple of millimeters of the grout using a little diamond saw and re-grouted all the lines with our special two part epoxy grout. We also replaced the caulking in the seams with this epoxy solution. This product is exclusive to Sir Grout. It offers superior protection against all damaging agents found in the shower. With the right maintenance, it can last for a long time. After the new grout was applied, we began the sealing process. We sealed the grout lines with our top of the line ColorSeal. Our sealant blocks the absorption of liquids and protects the surface against dirt, grime, mold, and mildew. It makes cleaning routines easier and faster because excessive scrubbing is not necessary when the grout lines are fully sealed with this product.
Colorseal comes in a wide range of colors. For this project, we used a bright white to match the existing grout color. When the walls, floor, and ceiling were sealed, we enhanced the marble with our high-end honing pads to bring out its depth and improve its natural veining. To finish, we cleaned the glass shower door and sprayed it with ShowerArmor. This last step left the door pristine and fully protected.
When we finished all the steps, the shower was completely restored. It had a clean appearance, free of mold and soap scum. The grout lines looked beautiful and were fully protected, thanks to our sealant. The marble tiles were no longer flawed and had regained their natural allure. This outstanding restoration could have only been accomplished with our professional work, remarkable process, and our state-of-the-art products.
We invited our client to see the outcome of our grout cleaning process. The owner was impressed because her shower had an unbelievable appearance. It looked better than it did when it was installed. She was happy to see that all the blemishes had been removed from the marble. The owner was beyond thrilled with the quality of our work, and after thanking us, she said we had become her company of choice for hard surface restoration. She stated she would not hesitate to call us for any other work she might need in the future. She also said that from that point on, she would recommend our services to all her friends, family, and neighbors.
We always take time after finishing our work to train our clients on the proper way to perform maintenance on their restored surfaces. Before leaving, we gave the owner some recommendations and suggestions to make cleaning routines easier, faster, safer, and more effective:
- Use only pH-neutral, soap free cleaners like our Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Our product is safe for the grout and stone tiles because it doesn't leave any sticky residue. Also, it has ingredients that can help provide protection against bacteria and fungi. Soap-based cleaners should be avoided because they leave a film that seeps deep into the grout lines, giving the surface an unsightly appearance and promoting mold and mildew growth. We recommend establishing a cleaning routine for every one or two weeks to prevent soap scum buildup.
- Keep the shower well ventilated and dry. Due to the high moisture levels of the steam, proper ventilation is necessary to prevent fungi growth. After using the shower, leave the door or a window open to allow humidity to flow freely. Also, when drying the surface, use a squeegee, a towel, or a terry cloth. Scrub gently to avoid scratches. After our ColorSeal is applied, this task can be done with minimal effort.
- Try to replace bar soaps with liquid soaps. The residue left by bar soaps in conjunction with the hard water builds up soap scum on the surface. This creates nasty-looking stains that can't be removed with conventional cleaning methods. We suggest using soaps that don't leave any residue to prevent this issue.
Sir Grout Nashville has the solution for your hard surfaces problems. Our award-winning processes can give your shower a refreshed new look. We have extensive experience in grout cleaning and we can restore your shower in just one day. As a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry, we offer the most effective techniques to assist you with your problem. Don't hesitate to contact us by calling (615) 649-6767 or by filling out our "Request a Quote" form for a free in-home consultation. We will be happy to attend you. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive our latest info and promotions.
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