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A Tile Sealing Job in Tempe, Arizona Gave This Homeowner's Slate Bathroom Floor a Brand-New Look


July 25, 2016

Slate is a very desirable material for homes due to its strength, durability, and beautiful appearance. However, the effects of time can deteriorate anything, including your precious stone surfaces. This is exactly what had happened to this homeowner's bathroom. It had become dull and unattractive. The slate tiles were severely discolored, and the grout lines were stained and dirty. After nearly ten years of being exposed to water and inadequate maintenance, this bathroom had been worn down to the point where the homeowner had begun to consider a total replacement.

Before and After Pictures of a Slate Bathroom in Tempe, Arizona

This homeowner had tried to clean the floor by using homemade solutions and traditional cleaning products, which only worsened the situation. He felt very frustrated, as his shower tiles seemed to become more eroded after each cleaning procedure. Just when he thought the only solution was an expensive remodel, a co-worker recommended him to look for local Tempe tile sealing services online. As soon as the customer browsed the web, he found Sir Grout Phoenix among the first results. After watching some of the testimonials, he decided to fill out the form on our website.

One of stone's most remarkable characteristics is its porosity. Slate's porosity soaks up oils and liquids, staining your stone surface. On top of that, hard water is erosive, and when it's combined with soapy products, it contributes to soap scum and scale build-up, attracting dirt to the stone surface. Additionally, household chemicals with acids, like vinegar or lemon, are highly abrasive and may cause etching or even pitting. This customer's slate bathroom had been exposed to all of these aggressive agents, which had accelerated the tiles' deterioration.

Our team of well-trained experts inspected the floor and decided that it was necessary to deeply clean the surface and seal the tiles in order to protect them from further damage. This would also revive the natural color of the slate.

Our professionals used stone-safe products and a high-speed scrubber to remove the dirt from the tiles and grout lines. They then used vapor steam cleaning to eliminate the grime in stubborn areas. Once the surface was clean and dry, our experts applied our proprietary, water-based topical sealer over the stone's surface to solve this homeowner's particular situation.

Sealing the surface of the stone is crucial to have better-looking and durable stone areas. Tile Armor is our proprietary non-toxic, odorless sealer that creates a shield on your stone tiles, repelling spills and stains. Our state-of-the-art waterborne sealant helps prevent further deterioration. Our experts used this polymer sealant on the bathroom's tiles to provide maximum protection, as well as to bring the slate's natural, deep colors back to life, enhancing its appearance.

When our professionals finished, the slate tiles were shiny, with deeply intense colors. The homeowner said we had exceeded his expectations and that the bathroom looked as good as new. He thanked our professionals for what he called an amazing service.

At Sir Grout Phoenix, we consider it important to educate our customers on preserving their hard surfaces. Following this policy, our experts advised the customer to keep the bathroom as dry as possible to prevent dirt buildup. They also recommended him to clean the surface on a periodic basis and to regularly check the state of the sealant by placing some drops of liquid on the stone. They said that if it beaded up on the tile, the sealant was working, but if the stone absorbed the liquid, it needed to be sealed again.

If you have a tile surface in your home in need of a sealing service, Sir Grout Phoenix is the answer. We offer great hard surface restoration services at a fair price. Call us at (480) 268-3257 or fill out the form on our website. We will be happy to assist you. Find us on Facebook at Sir Grout Phoenix, Twitter @SGPhoenixAZ, and Instagram @SirGrout.



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