This Quarry Tile Floor is Now Free from Stains Thanks to Our Tile Cleaning Services in Greenwich, CT
August 29, 2019Quarry tile is considered one of the most water-resistant flooring materials. Even the strongest of materials, however, can struggle against flood damage. A Greenwich resident recently contacted us to have the quarry tile floor in his basement restored. Due to several small floods, the floor had suffered water damage over the years, causing it to become soiled and stained. The homeowner tried getting rid of the stubborn stains whenever he had time to spare, but none of these attempts yielded positive results.
Feeling defeated, he realized it was best to leave the floor in the hands of experts. He went online and searched for a reputable tile cleaning company in Greenwich, CT. Shortly after, he found our website. After reading some of the reviews left by previous customers and seeing some of the pictures shown in our Before and After gallery, he called to schedule a free in-home consultation.
The next day, we visited the client's home to assess the surface. Upon entering the basement we realized restoring the surface would be a challenging task. The quarry tiles on the client's floor weren't glazed, which is why most of them had been severely affected by water damage. Fortunately, the tile did its job of protecting the substrate from water, so the structure of the floor wasn't compromised. None of the tiles came loose and even though it was dirty, the grout was in good shape. To restore the floor, it would be necessary to perform a thorough cleaning. We also offered the customer a proper sealing procedure to prevent this from happening in the future. Feeling confident in our ability to restore the surface, the customer agreed to the service.
On the day of the appointment, we arrived at the client's house to restore the basement floor. We began by soaking the entire surface with our flagship cleaner, Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. This is a pH-neutral solution that's safe for both tile and grout. It also contains enhanced properties that help inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold and microorganisms. After we let the cleaner sit on the floor for a few minutes, we used a high-speed scrubber to remove the remaining dirt. We also used a steam cleaner to ensure the most stubborn dirt was removed from the surface.
Once we finished cleaning, we began the sealing procedure. Unglazed quarry tiles are porous, which is why dirt and liquids can easily penetrate their structure and make them appear stained. For this reason, it's best to keep unglazed quarry sealed to protect it against harmful external agents. To seal the basement floor, we used our proprietary sealant, Tile Armor. This is an impregnating sealant that protects both tile and grout from water, stains, mold, and mildew. The sealant also gave the floor a beautiful matte finish.
The homeowner couldn't believe what he saw when we showed him the results. The beautiful quarry tiles in his basement had been completely revitalized. He thanked us for a fantastic job and said he would definitely call back for maintenance.
For the most part, it's easy to keep quarry tiles in good condition. Since we sealed the client's floor, he only needed to mop it once a week using a pH-neutral cleaner to keep it clean. The cleaners he had tried using on the floor were mostly over-the-counter products and acidic homemade solutions. Unknown to most people, these cleaners do nothing but further deteriorate most surfaces. We also recommended wiping away excess moisture after each cleaning session. The customer had seen what excess moisture does to a floor, so he immediately knew he had to keep that tip in mind. Prior to leaving, we reminded him to keep an eye on the state of the floor's sealant. To do this, we recommended the homeowner place a few water drops on the tile and grout. If the water seeps in, the floor must be re-sealed.
Sir Grout of Greater Fairfield County offers the best hard surface restoration services in the industry. If your tiles are in dire need of thorough cleaning, make sure to contact our specialists. Call us at (203) 702-4896 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page to schedule a free in-home consultation. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our latest news and promotions.
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