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Ceramic Tile Shower Says Goodbye to Worn-Out Grout Lines Thanks to Our Grout Sealing in Kirkland, WA

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November 21, 2020

Discoloration of newly installed grout occurs more often than you might think. A homeowner from Kirkland, WA recently invested a large amount of money to have the shower in his master bathroom renovated. A week after the renovation process had been done, he noticed the color of the shower's grout went from white to a mix of gray and black. The company he had hired for the renovation didn't do a good job applying the grout lines around the new tiles, which caused their premature discoloration.

Image of a Ceramic Tile Shower Before and After Grout Sealing in Kirkland, WA
The homeowner wasn't pleased with the stained grout lines in his master shower, so he reached out to the company and asked the contractors if they could fix the problem. The company's crew couldn't figure out the source of the stains and was unable to fix the damaged grout. The contractors reimbursed the Kirkland resident so he could try solving the problem by hiring experts in the field of hard surface restoration. That's when the homeowner decided to search for a reputable company. After asking around, a neighbor recommended he try Sir Grout Seattle. The neighbor told him he had dealt with a similar problem a few months prior and Sir Grout's Kirkland Grout Sealing experts had solved it with outstanding results.

The homeowner searched for our company online and found our website. After browsing the website for a few minutes to learn about our services, he looked at the pictures in our before and after gallery. He was very impressed with the grout restoration jobs we had performed on tiled surfaces, which is exactly what he was looking for. Feeling confident in our ability to restore the grout in his shower, he called to schedule a free in-home evaluation.

Ceramic Tile Shower Before and After a Grout Sealing in Kirkland, WA
Our team went to the client's residence on the scheduled day to assess the problem. After a thorough inspection, our crew concluded the grout was discolored because it hadn't been properly installed. For grout to last and maintain a uniform color, it must be applied carefully. Mistakes like using too much water to mix the grout during the installation process or improper sealing can cause grout to stain, damaging the overall appearance of a tiled surface.

During the evaluation, our techs learned about how our customer was let down by the company he had previously hired. For the homeowner, the blotchy grout ruined the pristine appearance he initially wanted to achieve for his shower when he decided to invest in a renovation. For this reason, he hoped the problem could be solved as soon as possible.

The client asked our team if the grout lines had to be replaced. Our specialists explained that even though the grout was stained, the damage was mostly at a surface level, so it wouldn't be necessary to scrape them out. To solve the problem, our technicians would clean the grout and seal it with ColorSeal, our proprietary sealant. Not only would this restore the color of the grout lines, it would also make them impervious to harmful external agents. The client agreed to the service and set up a date for the procedure.

Our hard surface experts went back to the customer's home later in the week to restore the shower's grout. Our crew started the job by soaking the ceramic tile surfaces with a pH-neutral cleaner that's safe for tile and grout. This cleaner also contains agents that can help inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Next, our techs rinsed off the cleaner from the tiles and grout lines using a high-speed scrubber. Even though the shower had been renovated a few weeks prior and there wasn't much soil to remove, the surface must be as clean as possible so ColorSeal can properly adhere to the grout.

When they finished cleaning, our team began the sealing procedure. To do this, our specialists used Sir Grout Seattle's proprietary acrylic-based sealant ColorSeal. This product seals the grout's pores to protect it against water, dirt, stains, mold, and mildew. ColorSeal also comes in a variety of colors to match any tile's shade. In this case, the customer chose white to give the shower a beautiful, hygienic appearance.

The procedure was a success. The client was pleased and happy with the results. Before leaving, our crew gave the homeowner a few essential tips and recommendations to maintain the floor. While it's true that ColorSeal makes grout easier to maintain, it's still necessary to use proper cleaning methods to prolong the lifespan of the grout lines. For this reason, our techs recommended cleaning the shower once a week using a pH-neutral cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner.

Unlike most cleaning solutions, our proprietary cleaner doesn't contain acidic properties that damage tile and eat away at grout. Our team also suggested wiping away the excess moisture away with a dry cloth. Although ColorSeal makes grout resistant to stains, letting shampoo, soap, water, or other external agents sit on the floor can cause damage over time. As long as the homeowner follows these simple tips, the shower will remain in good condition. The client thanked our techs for the advice and said he would recommend our services to his friends and family.

Are the grout lines in your shower severely discolored? At Sir Grout Seattle, we have the necessary tools and expertise to restore it. We're the leading experts in the field of hard surface restoration. Call us at (206) 809-8083 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free consultation today. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our latest news and promotions.

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