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Stone Cleaning Refreshes This Houston Homeowner's Grimy Shower and Marble Bathroom Floor

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November 29, 2015

For this Houston homeowner, the best feature of her home was the beautiful marble floor in her master bathroom and its shower. She still remembered the first time she saw the house and was immediately sold by the gorgeous and shiny stone floor. Worried that the once-beautiful marble floor in her bathroom had become dull and etched and her shower had become grimy, she tried everything possible to solve the problem. She spent hours trying to restore the bathroom floor and shower to its former glory with strong cleaning products, but nothing seemed to work. Frustrated, she searched online for Houston stone cleaning services and was pleased to find Sir Grout of Houston. The homeowner was impressed by the excellent reviews and decided to call at once.

Houston summers are known to be very hot and humid, and while the warm weather has its advantages, this, unfortunately, can damage stone floors such as marble, which is very soft and absorbent. These conditions also made the homeowner's shower look grimy and dirty. Add daily moisture, soap, and shampoo to the mix, and this causes discoloring.

When the Sir Grout Team arrived, the customer expressed her worry that the beautiful bathroom she once had was beyond the point of recovery. The team did an inspection of the bathroom and put her at ease by explaining that the problem could be solved. The team began by working on the shower using our vapor steaming system combined with an industrial-quality cleaner. This system is able to remove the soap scum, mold, and mildew that build up through the years. Then, the team caulked the shower. They moved on to the marble floor, which would require applying a pH-neutral cleaner and a state-of-the-art vertical brushing system, which is perfect for cleaning this kind of delicate stone. We finished off the job by honing the marble floor to remove the stains and applying our stone polishing treatment to make it look shiny and new.

The homeowner couldn't believe her eyes! The sight of the beautiful and shiny marble floor made her feel like she was reliving the first time she had ever seen it. She also loved that the shower looked clean and fresh. It was immensely satisfying to see the customer's delight with the work we had done.

To keep the marble floor and shower looking like the finished product, Sir Grout of Houston recommends that homeowners use pH-neutral soap-less cleaners, given that acid-based cleaners can cause delicate stone such as marble to become etched and dull. Acids react negatively with calcium carbonate found in marble and other types of stone, such as travertine and limestone, and this chemical reaction causes the surface of the stone to dissolve. Some easy tips to recognize acid based cleaners are looking out for ingredients with names that end in -ide, -ate, or –ite, and avoiding those that simply contain the word "acid". Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware that household cleaners, such as vinegar, contain acetic acid. If it looks like the stone has water spots, it probably means that the seal or stone has been damaged. The good news is that the stone can be brought back to normal by honing, polishing and resealing the floor.

Does your stone floor look like it needs a deep cleaning? Don't let your floor become a shadow of its former self. If you need stone cleaning in Houston or surrounding areas, fill out the form below to contact Sir Grout for a free evaluation today!

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