Our Tile Cleaning Experts in Dallas Successfully Removed the Stains from This Unglazed Porcelain Shower
November 21, 2018Porcelain is one of the best options when it comes to tiles. It is thicker, denser, and less porous than ceramic. Porcelain tiles can be glazed or unglazed. There are important differences between the two to keep in mind. Although the manufacturing process is the same, glazed tiles undergo an additional phase in the firing process whereby a layer of liquid glass is added to tile. For this reason, unglazed tiles receive an unfinished exterior. As a result, they have other benefits, such as being more slip resistant. This feature makes them ideal for areas with high moisture levels, like bathrooms and kitchens. However, since they don't have the protective layer of glass, unglazed tiles tend to be more vulnerable to staining. It is important to seal them upon installation and to keep the sealant in check, otherwise they will absorb liquids, soap, and cleaner residue. This can lead to staining and soap scum buildup. When this happens, the tiles lose their appeal and become unsightly.
Professional tile cleaning is necessary when stains, discoloration, and other signs of deterioration can't be removed with conventional means. Professionals have the knowledge and the right equipment to successfully get rid of the damages and properly seal the tiles. Our next client chose unglazed porcelain for his shower. Their unrivalled natural finish and their slip resistant properties convinced him it was the right choice for his shower. At first, he didn't have any trouble with the maintenance, but over time some issues started to appear. He noticed the tiles remained stained, even after regular cleaning. The owner was not pleased with the condition of the surface, so he tried using some DIY methods he found online. Unfortunately, his cleaning attempts were unsuccessful and he only saw negative results. After considering his options, he decided to look for professional assistance. Luckily, his search led him to find our Dallas Tile Cleaning service and we were able to restore his shower.
One if his friends highly recommended our services. She said we had worked on her marble shower and the results were outstanding. She suggested checking our website to get more information. Following her advice, he went online to browse our site. As he was going through the homepage, the picture gallery got his attention. The pictures showed him the impressive quality of our work. He was relieved to see we had restored many surfaces with problems similar to those in his shower. After checking the pictures, he read some testimonials from our previous satisfied customers. The positive feedback we receive every day is a testament to our leadership in the hard surface restoration industry and the dedication we put in the work we do. Convinced we could fully restore his shower, he decided to fill out the "Request a Quote form and schedule a free in-home consultation.
We arrived a few days later to perform the shower's evaluation and to offer the most effective solution for its restoration. After greeting the owner, we proceeded with the assessment. We noticed the tiles were stained and dirty. This happened because the tiles absorbed soap residue. As a result, soap scum formed on the surface, leaving nasty stains. The grout lines were also affected, acquiring a darkish, unsightly color. We told the owner that using harsh cleaning products only caused more deterioration. Upon closer inspection, we noticed the absence of sealant. We explained that unglazed porcelain needs sealing because if the tiles are not properly sealed, water, dirt, grime, and soap residue can seep into the surface, causing more damage and degradation. After finishing the inspection, we concluded that the shower required our special process for full restoration.
We offered a tile cleaning service to remove all the stains and blemishes from the tiles and the grout lines with our top of the line products, professional equipment, and tested methods. We would also apply our special sealants on the surface, leaving the tiles fully protected. We assured the owner his shower would look brand-new when we were finished. He was happy with our assessment and the solution we proposed, so he accepted our offer and agreed to set up a date for the job.
We returned on the appointed date to perform the shower's restoration. Our tile cleaning process consists of several steps and requires our professional equipment and top of the line products. We began by cleaning the walls and floor using our exclusive pH-neutral tile and grout cleaner with a high-speed scrubber. Our product is safe for tiles and grout because it won't leave any residue, thereby preventing stains, discoloration, and other signs of deterioration. Also, it now has an enhanced formula that can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi for an extended period of time after application. We made sure everything was completely clean before the next step. We used a special hard water stain remover to get rid of the soap scum. This left the shower spotless and free of stains. Once this was done, we were ready to restore the damaged grout lines.
We cleaned the sullied grout and performed all the necessary repairs. We thoroughly worked on the seams, the floor, and walls until all the grout lines were fully restored. After the grout was fixed, we began the sealing process. We sealed the grout lines with our top-notch ColorSeal. Our sealant blocks the absorption of liquids and protects the surface against dirt, grime, mold, and mildew. It makes cleaning routines easier and faster because excessive scrubbing is not necessary when the surface is sealed with this product. It also makes the grout look better, giving it a uniform color and a revamped appearance. ColorSeal comes in a wide range of colors, so the owner can choose one that matches his surface. To finish, we applied our exclusive TileArmor on the unglazed porcelain. This sealant provides an extra layer of protection, leaving the tiles completely shielded against future damage.
After we finished all the steps of the tile cleaning process, the shower looked incredible. The porcelain tiles had a beautiful, renewed appearance. We invited our client to see the results. The owner was delighted to see all the soap scum stains had been removed from the shower's floor. The restored grout lines gave the entire shower a brand-new look. The owner was thrilled with the success of the process. He was relieved because the restoration was cost-effective and it only took one day. He said our performance had gone beyond his expectations. After thanking us, he stated that from that point on, he would recommend our services to all his friends, family, and neighbors. Sir Grout Dallas Fort Worth had become his company of choice for hard surface restoration.
We provide our clients results that are easy to maintain and we always take time to teach them how to perform proper cleaning routines. Before we left, we gave the owner some suggestions to make maintenance faster, safer, and more effective:
- Clean the shower every week using only pH-neutral, soap free cleaners like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Our product doesn't leave residue and won't cause damage to the tiles and grout. It also has ingredients that can help provide protection against bacteria and fungi. Soap-based cleaners leave residue that seeps into the grout lines, promoting mold and mildew growth and spoiling the appearance of the surface. Cleaners with acidic properties, on the other hand, are harsh and can cause damage to the grout. We don't recommend using these types of products.
- To greatly decrease soap scum accumulation, use liquid soap instead of bar soap. This alternative won't leave any residue on the tiles and grout. Soap scum builds-up when bar soap foam re-hardens on the surface. When this happens, it forms ugly, hard to remove stains. Not using these soaps is the best way to help prevent these issues.
- Keep the shower dry and well ventilated. This is important to prevent fungi growth. A damp and moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Leave the door ajar or a window open, especially after hot showers. Also, use a squeegee, a towel, or a terry cloth to dry the surface. Squeegeeing is a great option for preventing soap scum buildup.
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