Our restoration/regrout services can make moldy, disgusting tiled showers and tubs sparkle like new again!
Tiled showers can provide many years of satisfaction when properly cleaned and maintained. However, the majority of showers encounter problems ranging from mild mold and missing cracked grout to the need for replacement due to rotting walls. Most of these problems are caused by improper maintenance – namely unsealed grout which lets water penetrate through and escape to the backside of the tile and uncaulked seams. When the shower is used regularly, the walls stay damp from this water which promotes mold and mildew growth and dry rot. The unhealthy mold and wall rot tend to go unnoticed because they are hidden behind the tile. Yet there are usually signs of it like uncleanable mold, wall bowing, missing grout and cracking, paint bubbling or even a distinct mold smell. Surface cleaning or recaulking does not address the problem and the damage and growth behind the wall only continue. Many times that moldy look will not clean because it is deep inside the grout or on the backside of the caulk. In fact, using aggressive cleaners with acids or bleach only make the problem worse as they make the grout more porous and will wear grout lines down over time.
Our shower restoration/regrout service can get that clean look again and more importantly stop water penetration by properly regrouting the walls, sealing the grout and caulking the seams, when needed. We first coat the entire wall surface with our commercial grade grout cleaner designed to kill all mold spores within the porous grout lines. After proper dwell time and a good scrubbing, we remove and neutralize the surface with a thorough washing. Next we remove the old caulking and regrout areas or all of the shower walls that are in need due to discoloration or just missing. Once the shower is cleaned or the new grout is installed, we use a high powered fan to dry the grout. After the grout is thoroughly dry, the next step is to seal the grout, which prevents the growth of mold as well as protects it from water-based stains. The final step is to install the new caulk. This last step may require a second trip to accomplish, depending on how wet the shower is. Some showers may be beyond fixing due to rot and require replacement.
* We do not guarantee caulk in wet areas. There are many situations that cause mold to grow, such as poor lighting, poor ventilation, excessive moisture, etc. We cannot control these therefore we cannot guarantee the caulk we install for any period of time.
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