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A Tile Sealing In Avondale, IL Removed All Traces of Dirt and Grime from This Shower

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December 10, 2020

An Avondale resident recently contacted us because she had been struggling with the state of her master shower. The shower's glass block window and walls had been subject to the natural wear and tear that happens over time. The homeowner was irritated because it seemed impossible to clean, so in an attempt to fix the problem, she looked online for a solution.

Image of a Tiled Shower Before and After a Tile Sealing in Avondale, IL
She came across a website that recommended soaking the shower's surfaces with vinegar to remove the dirt. Unfortunately, attempting that solution only made matters worse. Desperate, she went back online to search for professional help. She searched for tile sealing in Avondale, IL. She found our website in the top search results. After browsing the before and after gallery and seeing many of the positive customer reviews we have received, she filled in the form to request a free assessment and a quote.

When Sir Grout Chicago's specialists got there, the homeowner explained to them what she had done. Our team described to her how the grout in her shower is mostly composed of cement, making it susceptible to acidic solutions. The wear caused by the vinegar helped dirt and soap scum accumulate on the surfaces and the grout lines, giving them a nasty look. The caulk on the bathtub's expansion joints had also begun to fall apart, so it would be necessary to replace it to avoid severe water damage. As the final step of the assessment, our professionals inspected the shower's glass block window. Even though most of it was dirty, our techs assured the customer they could make it look brand-new.

Picture of a Shower Before and After a Tile Sealing in Avondale, IL
As the client listened to our crew's explanation, she thought the damage she had done to the shower would be permanent. Our experts quickly reassured the client by telling her that a tile and grout cleaning and sealing procedure would be more than enough to restore the shower. After cleaning the surfaces and performing the necessary repairs, they would seal the grout lines with ColorSeal and re-caulk the expansion joints with epoxy grout. The client agreed to the proposal and scheduled an appointment for later in the week.

Our techs went back to the client's home a few days later to perform the job. First, they cleaned the shower's surfaces using a pH-neutral cleaner and a high-speed scrubber. On top of being safe for tile and grout, this cleaner contains sanitizing properties that help inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. Our crew used the same product and method to clean the glass window. When they finished cleaning, our experts scraped out the damaged expansion joints and replaced them with epoxy grout. This is an epoxy-based grout mix that doesn't have any pores, making it resistant to water, soap, dirt, stains, mold, and mildew.

Next, our crew applied ColorSeal to the grout lines on the walls. This is an acrylic-based sealant that shuts off the grout's pores, protecting it against a myriad of external agents. ColorSeal also makes grout easier to clean and comes in a variety of colors. The client chose white to match the tiles.

When they finished, they let the homeowner see the results. The client was amazed by the outcome. Not only had Sir Grout Chicago restored her shower's surfaces, they had also made the shower's glass window look pristine. She thanked the team for their efforts and assured them she would call back for maintenance.

Before leaving, our specialists gave the client some tips to help her maintain the shower. They first recommended staying away from acidic cleaners and homemade recipes. More often than not, these made-up solutions do nothing but further damage the surfaces. To clean the shower's surfaces and the glass window, she should use a pH-neutral tile-safe cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Not only will this cleaner ease the shower's maintenance, it'll also keep the surfaces in top condition. They also advised her to use liquid soap as opposed to bar soap because the latter tends to leave residue behind. This residue traps dirt and changes the appearance of shower surfaces for the worse.

Has your shower seen better days? If your tiles are dull and your grout is worn out, they might be in dire need of restoration. Here at Sir Grout Chicago, we have the necessary tools and expertise to offer the best hard surface restoration services in the industry. Call us at (773) 661-6761 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page to set up a free in-home evaluation. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our latest news and promotions.

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