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Run-down Shower Becomes Brand-new After a Tile Cleaning in Hockessin, DE

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December 12, 2023

Despite being meant to keep you clean, showers get dirty over time. Recently, a Hockessin, DE, resident called us to get his master shower renewed. He had been living in the property for five years, but the shower showed clear signs of deterioration. Dirt and mold had accumulated on the grout lines, and the caulk on the expansion joints had fallen apart.

Picture Showing the Before and After of a Master Shower After a Tile Cleaning in Hockessin, DE
Knowing that the current state of the grout and the expansion joints could lead to costly repairs, the homeowner went online and searched for Hockessin Tile Cleaning professionals. He found our website in the top search results. After watching some of the video testimonials from satisfied customers and browsing the picture gallery, he filled out the form to request a free assessment and a quote.

On the scheduled day, we visited the client's residence to inspect the shower. Even though the shower looked the way it did, the homeowner hoped the damage wasn't severe. He led us to the shower and told us about how he had tried to clean it a few times, but the surfaces didn't get any better. After we saw the shower, we understood why that had been the case. The glass door and the tiles were covered with hard water stains, and the grout lines and the expansion joints were filled with grime. Upon removing some of the grime from the shower floor and the expansion joints, we noticed the grout and the caulk had broken down, allowing water to seep beneath the surface.

The shower was in dire need of repairs. Luckily, we had arrived just in time before the structure of the shower was compromised. To solve the problem, we offered the client a tile and grout cleaning and sealing service. We also offered to re-grout the damaged joints with epoxy grout. The client agreed to the service and scheduled a date for the job.

A few days later, we went back to the client's home ready to perform the service. We began by soaking the surface of the shower with a pH-neutral cleaner that is safe for tile and grout. The cleaner also contains properties that help inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. After we let the cleaner sit for a few minutes, we carefully extracted the remaining stains and grime from the shower's surfaces using a high-speed scrubber.

Next, we scraped out the damaged grout on the shower floor and what was left of the caulk on the expansion joints. We quickly sanitized the areas with a steam cleaner before re-grouting them with our proprietary grout mixture. This is an epoxy-based grout mix that helps prevent water seepage, staining, and mold and mildew growth.

To finish the restoration procedure, we coated the grout lines on the walls with ColorSeal. That is an acrylic-based sealant that shares the same protective qualities as epoxy grout. It also comes in a variety of colors. The client chose white to give the shower a hygienic appearance.

When we finished, we let the customer see the results. He was thrilled with the outcome. The glass doors, the floor, and the walls looked great. He thanked us for the job and said he would recommend our services to anyone in need of a tile cleaning service.

Before leaving, we gave the homeowner a list of tips to help him maintain the shower:
  • Avoid using soapy, abrasive, or homemade cleaners on the shower's surfaces. Products with acidic properties will damage tile and grout, while soap-based cleaners will leave residue behind. For that reason, we recommend cleaning the shower at least once a week using a pH-neutral cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner instead.

  • Avoid hard scrubbing the grout lines. ColorSeal is easy to clean, so a damp mop should be more than enough.

  • Keep the shower's surfaces as dry as possible. You can either wipe it dry with a cloth or keep the shower enclosure ventilated. This practice helps prevent water seepage and mold growth.
The client thanked us for the tips and promised to follow them moving forward.

Are the surfaces in your shower filled with grime? Don't worry, Sir Grout of New Castle County can clean them for you. We have the necessary tools and expertise to offer the best hard surface restoration services in the industry. Call us at (302) 450-1447 or click the "Schedule a FREE Quote" button on this page to schedule a free assessment today. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our latest news and promotions.
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