Travertine Shower Undergoes Massive Transformation Thanks to a Grout Sealing Service in Austin, TX
July 26, 2021
This homeowner in Austin did everything she could to make her home look pristine. She cleaned most of the rooms with ease, but she had problems when she tried to clean the shower in the guest bathroom. Grimy grout lines and dirt obscured the beautiful appearance of the shower's travertine tiles, and the expansion joints had a less-than-desirable color.
The homeowner was concerned. She couldn't have the shower, a place associated with hygiene, look the way it did. She wanted it to be presentable to her friends and family. Seeing that the shower enclosure had far more problems than she could solve, she decided it was best to seek professional help. She went online and searched for Austin Grout Sealing
experts. She found Sir Grout Austin in the top search results. After browsing the blog
section and watching video testimonials from satisfied customers, she called to schedule a free in-home assessment.
On the scheduled day, we visited the client's home to inspect the shower. We quickly determined that cleaning the shower's surfaces wouldn't be enough to restore them. A combination of dirt and residues coated the majority of the tiles and grout lines in the shower, and mold plagued the expansion joints. Upon removing some mold from the caulk on the shower joints, we spotted a few cracks. Fortunately, we had arrived before the structure of the shower was compromised.
To solve the problem, we offered the client a three-step procedure. First, we would thoroughly clean the tiles and grout lines using our proprietary tools and products. Next, we would scrape out the damaged caulk and seal the grout lines with ColorSeal. To finish, we would re-caulk the joints with a high-quality caulk mix. The client agreed to the service and set up an appointment for later that week.
On the agreed date, we went back to the client's home to perform the service. We began by soaking the shower's surfaces with Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner
, a pH-neutral cleaning solution that is safe for natural stone and grout. It also contains properties that would help extract the mold from the shower's expansion joints. After letting the cleaner sit for a few minutes, we removed the remaining grime and mold from the shower's surfaces. To finish the cleaning procedure, we scraped out the damaged caulk to further sanitize the joints with a steam cleaner.
Continuing the restoration process, we dried the shower to prepare it for the sealing procedure. After inspecting the grout lines to make sure they were in good shape, we sealed them with ColorSeal. This product is a top-notch sealant that shuts off the grout's pores, protecting it against water, dirt, stains, soap, mold, and mildew. It also comes in a variety of colors. The client chose beige ColorSeal to match the tiles. To finish the job, we re-caulked the now mold-free expansion joints.
When we finished, we showed the client the results. She was happy with the outcome. Not only did the travertine tiles look brand-new, but the grout lines were also now waterproof and stainproof. Her home was now ready for the visits of her loved ones. She thanked us for the job and said she would recommend Sir Grout Austin to her friends and family.
Before leaving, we gave the homeowner a few tips to help her keep the shower in good condition. We first recommended cleaning it once a week using a pH-neutral cleaner like our proprietary cleaning solution. Acidic or soapy products do nothing but harm long-term, so it's best to avoid them. We also suggested wiping the excess water away after every shower and keeping the shower enclosure ventilated. It's the best way to prevent water seepage and mold growth. During the cleaning process, we noticed soap scum covered some of the tiles. Soap scum is a layer of soap that traps dirt on the tile's surface, making it appear dull and dirty. For that reason, we advised the client to use liquid soap as opposed to bar soap.
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