This Rental Home in Houston, TX is Ready for a New Tenant Thanks to Our Stone Cleaning Service
January 18, 2019
Showers are meant to keep you clean, but they tend to get dirty over time. Recently, a resident from Houston, TX gave us a call to get the master shower in one of his rental properties back in shape. The previous tenant had not given the beautiful stone-tiled shower proper maintenance, which resulted in the accumulation of soap scum and the deterioration of the fixtures on the shower's surfaces.
The homeowner wanted to restore the shower before renting the house to a new tenant, so he went online and searched for advice. He found that when the tiles are covered in soap scum and the fixtures become dark, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the surfaces to determine if they are severely damaged. This prompted the homeowner to search locally for Houston Stone Cleaning
experts. He found our website within the top results. After watching some of the video testimonials from previous customers and browsing the before and after gallery, he filled out the form at the bottom of the page to request a free evaluation and a quote.
A few days later, our techs visited the client's residence to inspect the shower. The homeowner hoped the damage wasn't severe. He led our team to the bathroom and told them he had tried cleaning the shower a few times, but it didn't get any better. After seeing the shower, our experts realized why that had been the case. The tiles and grout lines on the shower's floor had heavily accumulated soap scum and dirt. Additionally, the caulk on the shower's joints needed to be replaced to avoid water damage.
To get the shower back in shape, our experts offered the customer a thorough stone cleaning service. They also offered to seal the stone and replace the worn-out caulk with our advanced Litokol products. The customer agreed to the service and scheduled an appointment for later that week.
On the day of the job, our experts began cleaning the shower's surfaces. To do this, they soaked the walls and floor with a pH-neutral stone-safe cleaner. This product has been enhanced with an ingredient that can help inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold and microorganisms. Next, they used a high-speed scrubber to lift and remove all the soap scum and grime that was affecting the tiles and discoloring the grout lines. After they made sure the grout lines were in good shape, they removed the old caulk.
Our techs made sure to remove all of the leftover residue from the cleaning process before coating the shower's surfaces with our proprietary sealant, Stone Armor. This is an impregnating sealant that helps with keeping the tiles and grout lines protected from water, soap, mold, mildew, and other external agents. Once the sealing was completed, our experts re-caulked the shower joints with a high-quality Litokol caulk. This would help prevent water seepage, which could result in costly repairs.
After our experts finished, they let the customer see the shower. He was happy with the results. The shower went from dirty to brand-new in just one day. He was also pleased by how the caulk matched the tile's color and gave it a smoother appearance. He thanked us and assured our techs he would recommend our services to anyone in need of a stone cleaning.
Before leaving, our experts gave the homeowner a few care tips so he could relay them to future tenants:
- Avoid using soap, acidic, or homemade cleaners on your surfaces. Products with acidic properties will damage stone tile and grout, while soap-based cleaners will leave residue behind. We recommend cleaning at least once a week with a pH-neutral stone-safe cleaner such as Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. This cleaner is also grout-safe and ensures your surfaces remain in top condition.
- Use liquid soap instead of bar soap. The latter can help form a thick layer of soap scum which traps water and dirt on your tiles and grout lines.
- Keep the bathroom well ventilated and wipe away the excess water after every shower with a dry cloth. This helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
These tips will ensure the shower remains in great shape until the next maintenance.
Are the fixtures in your shower darker than they used to be? Are your stone tiles riddled with soap scum? Contact Sir Grout Houston for the best stone cleaning services in the field of hard surface restorations. Call us at (713) 856-9586
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