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A Grout Recoloring Service Saved This Old Church in Fairfax Station from Costly Renovations

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November 28, 2017

The pastoral group of this 85-year-old church in Fairfax Station, Virginia received a generous donation that could be used for whatever they saw fit. One of the things the church needed the most was to spruce up some of its facilities, such as its restrooms and some common areas to improve the services it provides its parishioners.

Before and After Picture of a Stained Tile Floor in Fairfax Station
You may be asking yourself what a priest or a pastoral group know about bathroom restoration, and the first answer that comes to your mind is probably the right one: nothing. That is why this pastoral group contacted Sir Grout Washington DC Metro. One of the parishioners had used our services at their home and told the person in charge of the restoration project about us. They decided to look for Fairfax Station grout recoloring services on Google to check out our website and see what other customers were saying about our services.

After looking at the reviews and reading about the multiple service awards we have won, they decided to book an appointment for a free, in-home (or in this case, in-church) evaluation.

The Day of The Evaluation

On the agreed-upon day, our tile and grout specialists arrived and were taken to the areas that needed to be serviced.
There were three restrooms in total. The client explained that they all had the original tiles from when the church was built. There were no records of the restroom floors ever being professionally cleaned, and it showed.

The grout lines were stained right, left, and center by what appeared to be old mortar, mildew, soap scum, and even paint blots in some areas. They mentioned to the crew that the sinks and toilets were going to be replaced, so it was very likely that they would not be there if our team were to restore the floors.

The technicians recommended a tile and grout cleaning and grout recoloring service and offered a time and price estimate for the three restrooms.

The head of the pastoral group was very happy with our crew's assessment and the estimate they offered, and he booked an appointment to get the job done. The crew explained that since the bathroom fixtures were going to be removed, it would be better if they worked on the floor after this was done because it would allow them to do their job much more efficiently. So the client decided to book the appointment for the day after the old toilet and sink were scheduled to be removed.

The Day of the Restoration

The tile and grout specialists arrived at the church first thing in the morning on the scheduled day.

Just as the client had promised, the bathroom fixtures were gone. This saved time, as it was easier to only have to mask and protect the adjacent walls, instead of a fully finished restroom.

In no time, the technicians started the cleaning process by applying a tile and grout cleaner.

Because the floors were particularly dirty, they let the cleaner soak for a few minutes before using a gentle scrubber. This machine easily removes grime, soap scum, grease, and any other difficult-to-remove dirt. In the most stubborn areas, they used the steam cleaner to get rid of embedded grime. Once the floor was scrubbed cleaned, they used a wet vacuum to remove all the residual dirty water and cleaner and waited until the surfaces were completely dried.

After that, the technicians proceeded to check for grout damage and had to do some repairs, especially around the areas where the fixtures were.

How Grout Recoloring Can Transform the Appearance of a Floor

The floor shown in the picture originally had light grout between the tiles, but the specialists recommended that they use a dark ColorSeal so that the floor's appearance would change dramatically.

The client agreed with our recommendation, and as you can see in the "after" image, it did wonders for the floor.
After color sealing the grout lines, the crew buffed on Tile Armor to add an extra layer of protection to the tiles and grout.

ColorSeal and Tile Armor are Sir Grout's proprietary sealants. ColorSeal is a thick, acrylic sealer that comes in many different shades. It closes the grout's pores and restores its colors. Tile Armor, on the other hand, is a clear sealant that can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is non-toxic and practically odorless.

Once the floor was ready, the techs showed some of the members of the pastoral group the results, and they could not believe their eyes.

The different color between the tiles had completely transformed the floors' appearance. The result of the cleaning process was a spotless floor, which, combined with ColorSeal, provided that like-new look.

They told the crew that if they didn't know better, they would have thought it was a new floor.

Before leaving, the tile and grout specialists offered them some recommendations on how to keep the floors clean, such as always using a soap-free, pH-neutral tile cleaner, never letting the cleaner air dry, using a clean mop or terry cloth to dry any excess water or product, and keeping the areas well-ventilated. Humidity and stagnant water are breeding grounds for mold and mildew.

Tile and Grout Cleaning and Grout Recoloring Services in Fairfax Station, Virginia

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