Our Professional Hard Surface Restoration Services in Nashville, TN Gave This Shower a Wonderful New Appearance
July 12, 2019For some homeowners, natural stone showers are very difficult to clean. Even if they're cleaned regularly, using improper cleaning methods and products do nothing but cause further deterioration. A Nashville resident recently had this realization. When he first moved into the house, the shower looked gorgeous. Unfortunately, as time passed, the shower's floor began to look dirty. Concerned, he went online and searched for possible solutions. Most websites suggested using homemade cleaners and bleach to clean the shower's surfaces, so he decided to give it a try.
After weeks of trying to clean the slate shower floor using bleach and the homemade recipes he had found, the surface only got worse. The slate tiles became dull and the grout cracked, giving the floor an unsightly appearance. He also noticed that some of the tiles on the floor had come loose. Fearing that the shower's current state would lead to costly repairs, the homeowner went online once again and searched for professional hard surface restoration services in Nashville, TN. He found our website in the top results and after watching some of the video testimonials from previous customers and browsing the Before and After gallery, he called to schedule a free in-home assessment.
On the day of the evaluation, we visited the client's home to assess the problem. On the way to the bathroom, the customer told us he was worried about having to tear out of the shower floor. Upon walking in, we quickly understood his concerns. The damage on the slate floor was severe. Most of the tiles were in awful shape, and the grout lines were either crumbling or completely gone. The lack of grout lines meant water could easily seep beneath the surface and cause severe water damage.
We asked the client about his cleaning methods. He replied he cleaned the shower regularly with store-bought products. He also explained he had recently tried using bleach and acidic homemade recipes, but they yielded negative results. We quickly advised him to stop using these types of cleaners and abrasive substances to clean the floor. They did nothing but further harm the surface. On top of that, the surface hadn't been sealed in a long time.
After doing a thorough check of the shower's sub-floor, we determined the damage wasn't severe. We had arrived just in time to help the client avoid a complete tear out of the shower floor. With this in mind, we offered the homeowner a two-step procedure. First, we would clean the surface and repair the grout so the integrity of the floor wouldn't be compromised. Second, we would overlay the shower floor with The Tile Doctor's Versalite thin stone veneer tile using epoxy grout as the foundation. The client agreed to the service and scheduled an appointment for the next day.
The following day, we returned to the client's home to perform the service. We began by thoroughly cleaning the shower's surfaces using our pH-neutral cleaner and a high-speed scrubber. Not only is this cleaner safe for stone and grout, it also contains properties that prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms for an extended period of time after it has been applied. Next, we scraped out the leftover grout from the shower floor and removed the loose tiles.
After making sure there wasn't any residue left behind, we re-grouted the shower floor with our proprietary grout mix. This epoxy-based mixture is specially made for areas which are constantly exposed to water. It's also resistant to mold, mildew, and abrasive substances. To finish, we overlaid the shower floor with thin stone to make the floor completely waterproof. We used epoxy grout as the settling material and grout.
The customer was thrilled. His bathroom now looked brand-new. Fortunately, we helped him avoid unnecessary expenses and a lengthy restoration process. He thanked us and promised to call back for maintenance.
Prior to leaving, we gave the client some tops. First, we recommended cleaning the shower once a week using a mop and a pH-neutral cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Unlike the products the homeowner had been using, this cleaning solution doesn't damage natural stone and grout. We also suggested wiping away excess water with a dry cloth after every shower. Excess moisture is one of the main reasons why showers become deteriorated.
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