This Damaged Marble Shower Was Completely Restored Thanks to Our Caulking Services in Brentwood, TN
November 01, 2018Caulk is a material used in various structures to seal joints or seams. It is an essential component for structural integrity. Bathtubs, for instance, require precise caulking to prevent water from seeping into the walls, which could cause serious damages. This material not only serves a practical purpose, it also enhances the look of the surface because it closes the gaps and creates a smoother appearance. Unfortunately, caulk will deteriorate over time, leaving the joints exposed to all sorts of damage from external agents. Mold and mildew can begin to grow on damaged caulking, posing a threat for everyone in the house. When surfaces harbor these fungi, people are prone to sickness, allergies, and other health problems. Furthermore, if the caulking is harboring mold, it acquires a darkish color, spoiling the surface with an unsightly look. For this reason, this area requires proper maintenance to keep these issues at bay.
Our next client had a cultured marble shower. Unlike natural marble, cultured marble is a man-made product that contains polyester resins and crushed marble dust. It has been sealed with a gel coat to produce a glossy appearance with subtle, uniform veins and color. As a result, it is easier to maintain because it is nonporous. However, the coating is very sensitive and prone to damages from external agents, such as soap scum. At first, the owner had no problem with the maintenance of her shower, but as time passed, problems began to appear. The first sign of deterioration she noticed was in the caulking. The joints had acquired a darkish, unclean appearance. On the cultured marble surface, soap scum stains were visible. The owner tried her best to remove the blemishes, but there were no positive results. Fortunately, she found our Brentwood Caulking Services and we were able to restore her shower.
One of her friends was a former Sir Grout Nashville client. He recommended us, giving high praise to the results we achieved on his bathroom. He suggested checking out our website to get more information. Following his suggestion, she went online to browse our site. The quality of the services we offer impressed her. As she was going through the site, our picture gallery caught her attention. The pictures showed the results of our caulking process and how showers with similar problems looked fully renewed after our work. Everything she saw certified us as a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry. She was convinced we could solve the issues in her shower and called us to request a free in-home consultation.
We arrived on the appointed date to begin the evaluation of the shower and to offer the most effective solution for its restoration. After greeting the owner, we proceeded with the assessment. We immediately noticed what the problem was. The joints were full of dirt and grime. It harbored mold and mildew and the surface was badly damaged and cracked. Furthermore, it had lost its adhesion and wasn't preventing water from leaking into the gaps. This could lead to structural damages in the walls. Daily wear and tear in conjunction with the usage of harsh cleaning products had caused this deterioration. Upon closer inspection, we noticed the soap scum stains on the marble surface. After the evaluation, we concluded that the shower required a special process for a full restoration.
We offered a caulking service to remove all the dirt, mold, and mildew from the surface with our top of the line products and our professional equipment. We would replace the caulking with a highly resilient solution. We assured the owner her bathroom would have a brand-new look thanks to our high-quality process. The owner was pleased 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 our client's house to restore her bathroom. It was going to be a thorough, multi-stage process that required our professional equipment and exceptional methods. We began by cleaning the surface using our exclusive pH-neutral cleaner and a gentle high-speed scrubber. The product we used is safe for the grout and won't discolor or stain the stone tiles. It is soap free so it won't leave any residue that could seep into the grout lines. 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. This process removed all the dirt and grime and left the surface ready for the next step. We cleaned the environment using a high temperature steam cleaner. When this was completed, we got rid of the mold and mildew and we left the bathroom free of fungi.
Once the bathroom was completely clean, we removed the soap scum stains with a special hard water stain remover. After that, we replaced the old, damaged caulk from the joints using our high-quality mold resistant compound. This is a resilient, long-term solution. Our compound is a top of the line product made of a hard composition that won't crack when scrubbed. It would also provide easier, faster, and better cleaning routines.
When we finished all the steps, the condition of the shower had greatly improved. It had a renewed, pristine appearance. We invited the owner to see the results and she was beyond thrilled to see that her shower looked as good as new. The surface was finally free of nasty soap scum stains. Thanks to our solution, the transformation of the caulking was astonishing. Impressed with our performance, the owner stated that from that point on, Sir Grout Nashville would be her company of choice for any hard surface restoration she might need in the future. After thanking us, she said she would certainly recommend our services to all her friends, family, and neighbors.
We always take time to teach our clients how to perform proper maintenance on their restored surface. Before we left, we gave the owner some recommendations and suggestions to make cleaning routines easier, faster, and safer for her shower. This would ensure it will remain looking its best for a long time:
- Use liquid soap instead of bar soap. This alternative won't leave any harmful residue on the stone tiles and grout. Soap scum is nothing more than bar soap foam that has re-hardened on the surface. Not using these soaps will help prevent soap scum accumulation in the shower.
- Clean the shower every one or two weeks using a pH-neutral, soap free cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Our product doesn't leave residue and won't cause damage. It also has ingredients that can help provide protection against bacteria and fungi. Soap-based cleaners leave residue that seeps deep into the grout lines, promoting mold and mildew growth. Acidic cleaners, on the other hand, are harsh and can discolor the grout and break it. These types of cleaners should be avoided.
- Keep the shower well ventilated and dry. This is important to prevent fungi growth caused by humid environments. Leave the door or a window open, especially after hot showers. Also, when drying the surface, use a squeegee, a towel, or a terry cloth. Squeegeeing is a great choice to prevent soap scum buildup.
At Sir Grout Nashville, we have the solution for your hard surface restoration problems. It is possible to restore even the dingiest, moldiest bathroom to its prime with our professional assistance. We provide experienced and qualified caulking services that will give any surface a beautiful new look. As a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry, we have award-wining processes 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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