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Another Splendid Shower Restoration Made Thanks to Our Grout Cleaning Services in Houston

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September 10, 2017

Maintaining showers free from stains, mold, or mildew is not as simple as it seems. Without regular and proper care, a shower can deteriorate severely, even in a matter of weeks, making it really hard for homeowners to restore them by themselves. That was the case of this professional from Houston. It was the second time she had reached out to us to hire our grout cleaning services in Houston, Texas. She was a lawyer that had called us a while ago to refresh the natural stone floors in her kitchen. This time, she needed help renovating her guest room shower.

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The lawyer was about to host dear family members who were going to stay in town for a long period of time. She wanted them to be comfortable in her house; therefore, she was making all the necessary arrangements and repairs to transform her guest room, which had been unoccupied ever since she moved to Houston several years ago. On her to-do list, she wanted to refresh the bathroom, especially the shower, given that years of lack of maintenance and poor cleaning habits had discolored the grout. The homeowner particularly disliked the yellowish, rather orange, stubborn stains on the walls and grout lines. No matter what cleaning methods she tried, it was impossible for her to bring the grout back to a uniform white shade.

The homeowner had found out about us a couple of months back thanks to Angie's List—the business review website she always turned to when looking for quality home improvement services in Houston. At that time, we were hired to do a stone restoration job for her kitchen, but the Houston resident also remembered that we offered grout restoration services and thus gave us a call telling us her story and asking if it was possible to schedule a consultation appointment for that same week. We arranged a visit as soon as our schedule allowed it.

Our team of hard surface restoration experts went to the Houston residence on the scheduled day to examine the shower. At a first glance, we understood why the homeowner had reached to the conclusion that she needed to hire professional services—yellow stains covered much of the grout, making them discolored and unsightly. What's more, those yellow stains also appeared around the corners and shower walls.

During the inspection, the homeowner told us her situation—she had tried several grout cleaning products to clean the shower floor with no success, the stains were so stubborn and didn't go away no matter how much bleach or baking soda she applied. She turned to us worried about ruining the tiles with harmful chemicals and, as a consequence, allowing even more stains to set in.

These yellowish-orange stains are generally caused by soap scum or residue left behind from personal care products such as conditioners or shampoos; they can also indicate the presence of bacteria. Removing them requires professional techniques and procedures—nothing our team of hard surface restoration professionals couldn't solve!

We proposed the customer a deep grout and tile cleaning to remove the stains, plus a re-caulking service to replace the old, expired joints between the floor and walls. To finish the restoration, we also suggested a sealing procedure to protect the shower from future wear and tear. The lawyer was eager to have a beautiful bathroom for her family so she agreed right away to all three procedures. She asked us to start as soon as we could since her family was arriving in a couple of weeks. The team returned the same week to start the restoration project.

For a re-caulking procedure to gain the best results, certain cleaning processes and techniques are essential to ensure the caulk attaches properly and seals the joints to make them watertight; for that purpose, we always start a shower restoration procedure by applying Sir Grout's proprietary tile and grout cleaner to remove any debris or dirt. Our team let the cleaner dwell, and then used a high-speed, gentle scrubber and vapor-steam cleaning to remove the stains along with the embedded dirt. We could see how the yellow stains were significantly reducing as we progressed with our work.

Our team of experts deeply cleaned the surfaces and made all the grout repairs necessary. We removed the old caulk and replaced it all with StainMaster epoxy caulk, a two-part epoxy product that won't crack, peel, or get moldy. Finally, we applied Tile Armor to the surface; this product is Sir Grout's proprietary water-based tile sealer and protectant for ceramic and porcelain tile. With it, the shower will be so much easier to clean since all the dirt and stains will remain on top of the surface without penetrating it.

The transformation was astonishing! Thanks to the service, there were no more signs of stains or bad caulk, the shower looked neat and pristine. The client told us that the results surpassed her expectations and that her relatives would surely love it. According to her, we were now her number one choice for grout or stone cleaning services in Houston. We thanked her for her kind words; it is always gratifying to hear our customers say that they trust on us to make their surfaces look beautiful! Finally, for domestic cleaning, we advised her to stop using bleach or abrasive cleaners to maintain the shower—those type of products might break down the grout and cause more harm than good. Instead, we advised her to use a pH-neutral cleaner and to always try to keep the room well ventilated to prevent mold and mildew growth.

If your shower also looks moldy, and unpleasant stains won't go away no matter what you do, we're here to the rescue! Call us at (713) 856-9586 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on our website to arrange a free quote. You can also subscribe to our newsletter.

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