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No More Dirty Floors! A Grout Cleaning in Houston Refreshed and Protected the Ceramic Floors of this Kitchen

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July 31, 2017

This homeowner invested a great deal of money in new kitchen appliances for her residence in Houston, Texas. She had received a big bonus at work that she decided to put to good use by upgrading and remodeling the heart of her home—the kitchen. After installing a new stainless-steel refrigerator and dishwater, buying modern and elegant cookware to display, and purchasing a smart oven and other utensils, the kitchen gained a whole new style. Yet, the homeowner felt the room needed something else for it to look like the kitchens she saw in magazines. Her sisters suggested that a professional tile and grout cleaning service for the kitchen floor would do the trick and further improve the entire appearance of the place.

Before and After Picture of a Grout Cleaning Job in Houston, Texas

As a do-it-yourself home improvement enthusiast, the Houston resident followed her siblings' advice and set out to clean the tiles and grout by herself. She found several methods online, but finally went with a grout cleaner and stain remover she found at the local store. The product came in the shape of a sponge and was made to simply rub the surface to erase the stains from the grout, just like a pencil eraser. However, the procedure was not as simple as the product advertised. The Houston resident devoted an entire morning with no outstanding results; there was barely any change in the color of the grout. Realizing she needed the help of professionals, she raised the white flag and decided to contact the grout cleaning company in Houston her younger sister had shared with her through Facebook a few days before.

Sir Grout Houston's team received a call from the client asking for a consultation appointment and free quote, as we offer on our website. We gladly scheduled an appointment to visit the residence that same week. Our team arrived on the day set to assess the floor and to determine what could be done to fix it. During our examination, we found that years of harmful cleaning products and incorrect methods had caused dirt and grime to stick to the grout lines, darkening the entire floor. At that moment, we heard about how our client used the stain eraser product and the other methods she applied to try to remove the stains and renew the floor, with no successful results. She was tired of wasting time and money on failed procedures, she wanted it a long-term solution once and for all.

Our proposal for this kitchen included a grout cleaning plus a ColorSeal service to make the grout white again. We explained the benefits of Sir Grout's proprietary ColorSeal service to the homeowner—a product that will make the grout's color consistent, while making it easier to clean and also protecting it against future damage. The procedure demands a lot of expertise and patience, but our hard surface restoration technicians are specialists in the process. She was thrilled about the idea of no more dark and dirty grout on her floors, so she agreed to our proposition.

We came back to the client's residence a few days later to start the restoration service. The cleaning began with the use of Sir Grout's soap-less, non-toxic tile and grout cleaner. We let the cleaner settle for a few minutes to emulsify the dirt, and then we proceeded to deeply clean each corner of the floor as no stain eraser would using our portable cleaning machine.

In high foot-traffic areas like the kitchen, where spills and sticky residues on the floor are a daily concern, grout sealing is essential; this procedure keeps liquids and external elements from provoking stains or seeping through the grout and causing costly damage (grout is naturally porous, therefore it will absorb liquids if not sealed). Given that regular sealants cannot hide stains, we have ColorSeal, a thick, water-based acrylic sealer that is also tinted. For this floor, we used ColorSeal in color wheat to match the kitchen tile's shade.

The grout went from dark to clean in just one day thanks to our services. The new color of the grout combined harmoniously with the tiles and the kitchen cabinets. That, along with the new kitchen appliances, gave the room a gorgeous appearance. The client was more than happy with the results, especially when we told her about the advantages of ColorSeal—she didn't have to put extra effort in cleaning the grout anymore since our sealant had made it stain-, water-, mold-, and mildew-resistant. Besides, ColorSeal has hardeners that strengthen the grout and make it more durable.

As part of our service, we walked the client through a simple guide and maintenance tips to clean the hard surfaces of her home. Even though one can walk on color sealed grout within 10 to 12 minutes after its application, we recommended the homeowner to keep the floors dry for 48 hours so it could fully cure. Experts agree that hard surfaces should be vacuumed frequently to remove any loose dirt. Also, deep cleaning should be done once a week with a pH-neutral, soap-less cleaner; pH-neutral cleaners are not only healthier for the user and safer for the environment, they also won't break grout as other acid or alkaline cleaners might. Soap-based cleaners, on the other hand, leave a sticky residue that attracts dirt instead of keeping it away, so we always advise to use soap-less ones. Finally, we warned her to never use a dirty mop to clean the floor, since it could bring more dirt to the surface.

If your kitchen floor is also looking old and stained, our grout cleaning services are just what you need. At Sir Grout Houston, we're a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry—we can make any floor look brand-new with our tile and grout cleaning and recoloring services. Call us at (713) 856-9586 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free, in-home consultation today. To keep up to date with our latest news and promotions, we invite you to join our newsletter.

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