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November 07, 2018Efflorescence is one of the most common problems among homeowners who have natural stone surfaces. This problem is more likely to happen in areas that are generally moist and constantly in contact with water, such as bathrooms, pools, and gardens. It occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits that create a white, powdery substance on the surface. This can be a clear sign of water damage and shouldn't be left unchecked because it could lead to more time-consuming repairs. Professionals can quickly identify this problem, clean, and seal the stone to prevent future damages. For this reason, the best way to get rid of efflorescence is to contact experts with the right equipment and experience in hard surface restoration.
The ProblemOur next client, a homeowner from Nashville, had a shower equipped with pebble flooring. This type of natural stone produces a soothing effect, as if the owner were outdoors in a river. It was relaxing at first, but over time the maintenance of the shower became a struggle. He witnessed how a white and chalky haze gradually appeared on the floor and tarnished its beautiful stone pebble surface. The owner was concerned, so he searched for solutions online. He followed advice found on YouTube, using several types of common cleaners and DIY methods, but nothing seemed to get rid of the substances. In fact, a couple of cleaning products made the problem worse because they left residue that seeped into the stone. This is when the owner knew he had to seek professional assistance. Luckily, his search led him to find our Nashville Stone Cleaning, and our experts knew exactly what to do to restore his shower.
Sir Grout Nashville's In-home InspectionAs scheduled, our stone experts arrived to evaluate the shower and to offer the most effective solution for its restoration. After greeting the owner, they began the assessment. Our team noticed the issues in the shower as soon as they entered the bathroom. The floor was indeed affected by efflorescence. They explained it was likely caused because the minerals in the hard water left calcium deposits between the pebble stones. Upon closer inspection, they found cracks on the floor, specifically along the joints in the corners. Furthermore, the grout in the walls was harboring mold and mildew. They told the owner that these fungi pose a threat for everyone in the house because they can cause allergies and other health problems. We concluded that the shower required our special process for full restoration.
Restoring the Hard SurfacesThat same week, our technicians were once again at our client's house, ready to deal with the besmirched and moldy shower. It only took them a couple of minutes to get prepped and begin the multistage process. They started by pouring Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner all over the stone pebble floor and the shower walls. This top of the line cleaner is soap-free and safe for the stone and grout. It won't leave any residue that could be absorbed by the grout lines and won't cause stains or discoloration. Also, its revamped formula can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi for an extended period of time after application. After letting it sit for a while, the dirt and substances were loose enough to be removed with a high-speed scrubber. After that, we used a steam cleaner on the walls to permanently remove all traces of mold from the tile walls.
The OutcomeWhen our crew completed all the steps of the process, the shower looked incredible. They invited the owner into the bathroom to see the results for himself. He was absolutely astonished by the outcome. Our stone cleaning not only managed to get rid of the mold and efflorescence but restored the pebble floor back to its dark and beautiful original state. Thanks to our epoxy solution, the shower will be fully protected for a long time. Impressed with our performance, the owner stated that from that point on, Sir Grout Nashville would be his company of choice for any hard surface restoration he might need in the future. After thanking us, he said that he would certainly recommend our services to all his friends, family, and neighbors
Stone Cleaning Services in Nashville!Sir Grout Nashville has the solution for your hard surface problems. Our award-winning processes can give your natural stone shower a brand-new look. We have extensive experience in stone cleaning and we can restore any surface in just one day. As a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry, we have the most effective techniques to assist you with your problem. Don't hesitate contacting 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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