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How Periodic Grout Cleaning Services in Chicago Help Keep this Apartment Building in Pristine Condition

September 27, 2017


A well-maintained apartment building is every property manager's goal and every tenant's dream. This company from Chicago hires our services every month or two to restore different kinds of hard surfaces in multiple units of their property on Lake Shore Drive. We've been working together for a while now and so far we've done everything from grout recoloring of ceramic tiled floors to honing and polishing of bathroom countertops and re-caulking showers using Sir Grout's epoxy grout. This last time, the owners called us specifically for our grout cleaning services in Chicago to restore the kitchen floors of several units.

Before and After Picture of a Grout Cleaning Service in Chicago
Managing a large property requires a lot of work. The company in charge needs to supervise the leases, the accounting, maintenance, among other tasks, while keeping everything running smoothly for the tenants. This company loves working with Sir Grout Chicago because we always make their hard surfaces beautiful. They love the quality of our work—it's one less thing they need to worry about when investing in their units.

These property managers found out about us a while ago when surfing the web for a marble polishing company to restore the vanities in the building's bathrooms. One of the property owners discovered our website and showed it to his partners; they were amazed not only by the before and after pictures of our previous stone polishing work around the area, but also by the diversity of hard surface restoration services we offer for commercial properties such as restaurants, schools, offices, or apartment buildings. That first stone polishing job marked the beginning of our ongoing business relationship as the building's hard surface restorers.

For this particular occasion, the apartment building managers contacted us to see if we could check out the building's kitchen floors in multiple units; they were doing some renovations and thought the surfaces could use a touch-up. As usual, our team agreed on a day to visit the property and inspect the floors. We had never done a grout cleaning or restoration service for these areas of the units before and we were eager to see what could be done to upgrade them.

During our consultation, we noticed how many years of poor cleaning and daily wear and tear had caused the floors to darken. Kitchens get a lot of foot-traffic, not to mention the number of spills that fall on the floor and stain the grout.

Before and After Picture of a Grout Cleaning Service in Chicago
There were several layers of dirt and grime stuck in the grout lines and above the tiles, but it was nothing a professional grout cleaning and recoloring service couldn't fix. We came up with the perfect restoration plan: a grout cleaning and sealing service using ColorSeal—Sir Grout's proprietary water-based, acrylic sealer—to protect the grout while evening its color. Thanks to our clients' trust in us, they agreed the second after we explained the procedures. These units were unoccupied at the time, but the owners were planning to put them on the market soon, so we agreed to start the job that same week—the sooner the better.

Our team began the cleaning service by using Sir Grout's proprietary tile and grout cleaner with a high-speed, gentle scrubber to remove the grime from the tiles and the grout lines. In general, homeowners tend to use wrong cleaning products to clean ceramic floors like soap-based cleaners, which leave grout with a sticky residue that attracts dirt. The cleaners we use are soap-less and non-toxic; they clean and remove the dirt without damaging the surface. Once we made sure the kitchen floor was clean and dry, we covered up the grout with ColorSeal. What makes this sealant great is that it has color in it—it protects grout by making it water-, stain, mold-, and mildew-resistant while also giving it a consistent color throughout the entire surface. In this case, we used a color similar to the tiles, just like the clients wanted. We repeated the procedure for each of the kitchen floors in the building.

The results were perfect, the change in the kitchen was hard to believe! Although the style and cabinetry varied from kitchen to kitchen, the floor tiles were the same for all the units; their new, white appearance made every kitchen look as clean as if they had just been installed. The property owners were more than pleased with the results.

The grout cleaning and sealing was just what they needed it to make the units more attractive, they were sure the renewed floors would make an excellent impression on possible tenants. They were right—soon after the grout restoration service, they started showing the units and in no time they found new tenants who expressed to the owners their amazement by the neatness of the apartments. After witnessing the results of the service, these property owners added grout cleaning for the kitchens as part of the regular services we have for this company's maintenance plan.

Maintaining large buildings such as this one, as well as other commercial properties that get a lot of foot-traffic and aren't cleaned regularly, can pose a challenge for property owners. This is where Sir Grout Chicago comes in; our commercial services are meant to help owners keep the hard surfaces in their properties pristine to always have a great impression on workers, clients, or tenants.

At Sir Grout Chicago, we understand how important it is for commercial establishments to maintain their properties in good condition. We can clean or recolor any type of surface or hone and polish any kind of natural stone. Our services are cost-effective and will make your surfaces much easier to maintain. Call us at (773) 661-6761 or fill out our "Request a Quote" form to schedule a free consultation and quote today. For more information about our hard surface restoration services, find us on Facebook at Sir Grout Chicago, follow us on Twitter @SirGroutChicago, and on Instagram @SirGrout.

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