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How a Grout Sealing Service Gave This Bathroom Floor in Houston, TX, Its Shine Back

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June 20, 2018

Ceramic floor tiles are commonly used around the world for areas that require waterproofing. For this homeowner in Houston, her bathroom was no exception. After a rough year of trying to keep her grout clean with several products that promised a "fast and amazing" outcome and seeing no results, she realized there was something else going on. This prompted her to search the web and look for answers and possible ways to fix it. She read that these problems often happen when there is something wrong with the sealant. That was when she decided it was better to look for help. She kept browsing online and upon searching, she found several accounts of people going through the same issue. One of the users recommended a grout sealing service and left a link, which led her to our grout sealing services in Houston, TX. Upon browsing the website and seeing the many testimonials shown, she decided to give us a call and set up an appointment to get her floor evaluated.

Before and after Image of How a Grout Sealing Service Gave This Bathroom Floor in Houston, Tx, Its Shine Back
The Problem with the Client's Bathroom Floor
A few days later after our experts arrived at the customers' house for the free consultation. They went to examine the bathroom to determine what was causing the problem. Despite the fact that ceramic tiles are considered to be the best alternative when choosing a floor for the bathroom area, one of its biggest possible drawbacks is the grout lines between them can be potentially difficult to keep clean. In our client's case, it was not only that which kept her bathroom's grout dirty, but also that she used both soap-based and acidic cleaners whenever she tried to clean the floor. This meant that due to its porosity, the grout was retaining soap residue which further deteriorated its integrity.

After they finished the evaluation, our experts thoroughly explained the situation to our client and then went on to propose an effective solution to the problem at hand. The damage on the grout of her bathroom floor was not as severe, so our team confidently stated that they would surely be able to reverse it with a grout cleaning and sealing service. Feeling reassured, she agreed to have it done and scheduled an appointment for later that week.

The Importance of Grout Sealing
Grout lines are not just decorative margins which help define the edges of the tiles. They are as important to the structure of the floor as every other element involved in its construction. The grout secures the tiles together and helps to stiffen them efficiently, providing the necessary strength for the floor's surface to be exposed to wear-down, water and dirt. Even though grout is not worn down easily, one of its major limitations is and remains to be porosity, which is what led to the problem found in our client's grout. Therefore, it is important to have your grout sealed properly so nothing lingers on said pores causing it to wear down and result in permanent staining or damage.

The Grout Sealing Process
A few days after the evaluation, our experts went back to our client's house to get the grout sealing done. This was a thorough step by step process that had to be carried out carefully. First, the floor was cleaned using a pH-neutral tile and grout cleaner which makes it very safe for the grout. Second, a high-speed scrubber was used to remove all the stains, dirt and soap residue within the grout lines. They made sure none of the grout was cracked to continue with the third and final step, which is the application of our proprietary sealant: ColorSeal. This is a high-quality sealant that is both waterproof and stainproof and it protects the grout against grime, dirt, mildew and mold. It also matches the color desired by the owner. Our techs made sure to apply the right amount of ColorSeal during the grout sealing process within the joints so there would be no overflow onto the floor tiles.

As shown by the before and after pictures, the changes that were done through our grout sealing treatment were drastic and completely changed the appearance of the grout, bringing out the shine on the tiles and making for a perfect, welcoming bathroom floor. Our customer couldn't believe how much it had changed before her eyes and thanked us very much for the job we had done.

Recommendations
To make sure the bathroom floor kept looking great, our team made sure to give the customer some maintenance tips before they left. One of the biggest recommendations was to use a pH-neutral cleaner without any kind of soap, as that tends to leave behind a residue that sticks to the floor tiles and grout. Acidic or soap-based products tend to have a negative effect on both the grout and tiles alike, leading to broken grout lines and the potential growth of different kinds of fungus or bacteria. Additionally, they suggested she should use a drying cloth after cleaning the bathroom floor to avoid excessive moisture.

When looking for a professional grout sealing service for any surface in Houston, TX, make sure to reach out to us. At Sir Grout Houston, we always make sure to live up to our customer's expectations. Give us a call at (713) 856-9586 or fill out our "Request a Quote" form on this website to have your free, in-home consultation appointment today.

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