A Professional Stone Cleaning Service in Windermere, FL Gave This Slate Shower a Brand-New Appearance
February 29, 2020
While looking at her master shower, a homeowner from Windermere, FL realized its surfaces were in dire need of a touch-up. Efflorescence and grime had made a mess out of the once beautiful slate floor and the surrounding walls were dirty. After having a brief discussion with her husband, they decided to give the shower a thorough cleaning. The couple worked full time, so they agreed it was best to leave the job in the hands of professionals. They went online and searched for reputable stone cleaning services in Windermere, FL
. Shortly after, they found our website. After reading some of the reviews and watching several video testimonials from satisfied customers, they called to schedule a free in-home evaluation.
On the agreed date, our experts visited the couple's home to inspect the shower and offer the best possible solution to the problem at hand. During the inspection, they noticed the grout lines on the shower's walls were covered with dirt and efflorescence. Some dirt tracks reached all the way to the floor, creating small pools of grime that made the floor's expansion joints appear discolored. The overall state of the grout lines on the floor was poor. Our crew asked the clients if they had recently tried any cleaning methods or restoration procedures on the shower's grout. The homeowners explained that since they were planning to sell the house, they had recently hired a contractor to have the shower's fixtures repaired. They thought the contractor had succeeded at first, but the appearance of the shower changed drastically over time.
Concerned about potential leaks, our techs tested the state of the grout. They placed a few drops of water on the fixtures and observed they immediately seeped in. This confirmed their initial suspicions. The contractor the customers had hired skipped one of the most important steps after re-grouting a surface, the sealing procedure. By seeping into the grout, water continuously brought up stone and grout residues to the surface. These residues solidified on top of the tiles and grout, making them almost impossible to clean.
When they finished the assessment, our hard surface restoration professionals offered the couple a thorough stone cleaning service to get the shower's surfaces back in shape. They also offered to enhance the floor with our proprietary sealant, Stone Armor. The homeowners agreed to the service and scheduled another appointment to get the job done.
On the day of the job, our team went back to the customer's home ready to perform the service. They started with a deep cleaning of the tiles and grout lines using a pH-neutral cleaner and a high-speed scrubber. This cleaner is safe for both grout and natural stone. It also contains properties that reduce the number of bacteria on any surface for an extended period of time after application. To remove the efflorescence, our techs used a combination of abrasive cleaners and thoroughly scraped the tiles and grout until it was completely eliminated. Once they had cleaned the shower's surfaces, our experts noticed some of the grout lines on the floor were severely damaged, so they replaced them with our proprietary grout mix.
To finish, our crew coated the shower's surfaces with our flagship sealant Stone Armor. This impregnating sealant makes it so the surface is resistant to stains, water, soap, mold, mildew, and other external agents. It also enhances the appearance of natural stone by giving it a nice wet look.
The clients were pleased with the outcome. Not only had our experts waterproofed the shower's surfaces, they had also drastically changed their overall appearance. The house was now ready to be sold and the slate shower would surely attract potential customers. The homeowners thanked our team for a fantastic job and assured them they would recommend our services to their friends and family.
Prior to leaving, our techs gave the clients a few maintenance tips to ensure the shower remained in top condition. First, they advised the homeowners to clean the shower at least once a week using a pH-neutral stone-safe cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner
. On top of keeping the surfaces clean, this cleaner prolongs the lifespan of Stone Armor. Second, our experts suggested wiping the excess moisture away after every shower and cleaning session. This will help prevent water damage and mold growth. Third, our team recommended keeping an eye on the state of the sealant. To do this, the homeowners should place a few drops of water on the floor. If the water seeps in, the grout must be re-sealed. The homeowners thanked our technicians for the tips and promised they would relay the information to potential buyers.
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