Grout in a residential shower experiences years of abuse in form of moisture, mildew, soap film and improper cleaning products and neglect. It is easy to surmise, then, that a shower in a public fitness center receives years' worth of abuse every few days. The same was true for Phys Ed, a popular fitness club in New Milford, Connecticut. Years of steam room use as well as other wear and tear caused the grout lines between the tiles to darken and eventually start flaking off. Phys Ed's staff worked to mitigate the damage and discoloration, but despite their best efforts, the tile and grout stubbornly refused to give up that dull, discolored, and unflattering look. Take a look at the dirty tile and grout featured in the "before" photo below!
The management at Phys Ed wanted their members to enjoy a clean, fresh, and mildew-free shower and steam room area. Realizing that they may need to enlist professional help to mitigate the years of damage to their grout and tile, they searched for a professional service that could repair the damage. Instead of performing a very expensive, and ultimately unnecessary total remodel, they listened to their members who recommended a New Milford grout recoloring service that could repair the damage. Realizing that their tile and grout could be professionally cleaned and sealed at a fraction of the price of a total remodel, Phys Ed went with Sir Grout of Greater Fairfield. Take a look at the amazing results in the video below!
Mildew and mold need certain conditions to grow -- the optimal conditions involve a hot, humid climate with little to no sunlight. It just so happens that the steam room area in a gym is the perfect climate for mold and mildew -- constant high temperatures, high humidity, plenty of moisture, and very little natural sunlight for privacy reasons. Perfect mildew and mold growing conditions as well as dirt and organic particles from years of hard workouts can damage the sturdiest of materials. Porous, unsealed grout like you see in this "before" photo below does not stand a chance.
The problem is, cleaning is simply not enough. Furthermore, some chemicals from harsh cleaning products can accelerate the damage moisture does to grout!
Upon arriving at the fitness center, Sir Grout's trained grout recoloring team formulated a plan and documented the pre-treated state of the steam room. The first step was to thoroughly clean the floors using Sir Grout's proprietary, multi-step cleaning process. The thorough cleaning process utilizes alkaline-based products and high-temperature steam to clean the tiles and get rid of the surface level mildew and dirt. The second step in the restoration process was to fill in missing grout in all the spots where grout dried and flaked off.
To finalize the process, Sir Grout's team went with ColorSeal to seal and recolor the grout once all the missing grout was filled in. Sealing the grout will drastically increase its lifespan, while recoloring gives old grout a new, just-installed look and feel. ColorSeal is a tinted sealer that fills the mold-trapping pores in grout, creating a water-resistant layer that protects and preserves grout while giving the appearance of brand new, reinstalled grout. Sir Grout considers ColorSeal one of the best sealers on the market, and turns to color seal for various commercial and residential jobs. Sealing the grout in Phys Ed's steam room was an essential step in protecting the delicate new and existing grout from the harsh conditions.
When the Sir Grout recoloring team was finished, the Phys Ed steam room and showers looked new, clean, and mildew-free!
Avoid wasting your time and money on a costly remodel! For the best grout recoloring services, contact Sir Grout of Greater Fairfield County for free a tile and grout evaluation today!