This Client's Shower in South Windsor, CT Said Goodbye to Mildew Stains Thanks to a Grout Sealing Service
October 19, 2018Cleaning mildew from your bathroom's grout is never an easy task. Because of this, your bathroom can be subjected to improper cleaning methods that can create the perfect environment for mildew growth. It is worth noting that mildew is a living organism, which is why just removing what is visible might not be enough to completely get rid of it. In fact, most people come into contact with it and do not even realize they are there, which can expose them to serious health issues ranging from allergic reactions to respiratory problems.
A homeowner from South Windsor, CT was fully aware of the health implications of mildew, which is why he was heavily concerned about the current state of the shower in his master bathroom. He had tried removing it with over-the-counter cleaners and DIY cleaning methods, but the mildew would always come back after a short period of time. Feeling helpless, he went online and looked for advice. He found several accounts of people who had gone through similar situations. In many cases, mildew had been persistent and difficult to get rid of, because it attached itself to poorly sealed grout. Much of the advice he found suggested hiring professionals to fully eradicate the organic growth and have the grout sealed. Knowing that might be the answer he was looking for, the homeowner searched for grout sealing services in South Windsor, CT and found our website. After seeing several testimonials from satisfied customers and looking at a few pictures from our picture gallery, he called to schedule a free in-home evaluation.
Once present, mildew can spread very quickly and remain without any visible signs of its presence. If an area contains high levels of moisture and very little ventilation, it can be the perfect environment for mildew and mold to grow in. This can be a sign that there are issues concealed within the bathroom's surfaces, such as leaking pipes. For this reason, it is best to contact professionals to avoid costly repairs that may arise over time.
A few days later, our team went to the client's house to perform the evaluation. They noticed the shower's grout lines were heavily discolored, giving them a dirty-looking appearance. Additionally, the mildew had heavily stained the grout lines on the walls. Our tech asked the customer if he had recently cleaned the grout lines. The homeowner replied that he had managed to remove most of the mildew with a toothbrush a couple of days earlier. Our expert explained to the customer that even though he had cleaned the grout lines, there was a chance mildew could come in just a few days.
Bearing this in mind, Sir Grout Hartford's tech offered the client a grout cleaning service followed by a grout sealing with ColorSeal, our proprietary sealant. This procedure ensures the shower remains free from mildew for years. The homeowner agreed to the service and scheduled another appointment to get the job done.
On the day of the job, our team of experts went back to the customer's home to perform the service. They started the process by coating the shower's floor and walls with a pH-neutral 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 remove the embedded dirt within the grout lines. To ensure the mildew would not come back, they used a vapor steam cleaner on the sections that had been heavily stained by the organic growth. They finished the job by applying our proprietary ColorSeal. This is a thick and durable sealant that is water, stain, mold, and mildew resistant.
Once the job was finished, they let the homeowner see the results. Not only had the stains disappeared, but the bathroom's surfaces looked brand-new. He thanked our experts and said he would recommend us to anyone in need of a grout sealing service.
At Sir Grout Hartford, it is customary to give our clients some maintenance tips to help them keep their hard surfaces in top condition. Here is some advice we gave the customer to help avoid dealing with mildew once again:
- Always keep the bathroom and shower ventilated. Excess moisture can cause problems for any bathroom. An alternative to this is to wipe the water away with a dry cloth after using the shower.
- Clean the surfaces regularly with a pH-neutral, grout-safe, enhanced cleaner such as Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. This will help keep the surfaces fresh and safe from bacteria and other microorganisms.
- Make sure your grout and caulk are mold and mildew resistant.
- Keep an eye on the grout's sealant every few months to ensure it is working. To do this, the homeowners should place a few drops of water on the grout. If it seeps in, then the grout must be resealed.
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