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A Travertine Floor in Oakton Went from Dirty to Spotless with Our Stone Cleaning

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November 15, 2022

A homeowner in Oakton had spent weeks trying to find a solution for his home's travertine floor. In only a few months, the floor had managed to look wildly different, with embedded dirt spreading all over the tiles and most of the grout. Unable to get even a part of the soil off the stone, the homeowner had no way to make the floor look clean, and this created a terrible impression during social gatherings.

Travertine Floor Before and After a Stone Cleaning in Oakton
Despite alternating between different cleaning products, the homeowner knew he couldn't be too impulsive in his cleaning efforts. Natural stone surfaces are vulnerable to discoloration, and he feared that mixing different cleaners could cause irreparable damage to the tiles, which continued to collect dirt on their surface. He made up his mind about hiring an Oakton stone cleaning company, and found Sir Grout Washington DC Metro not long into his search. After visiting our website and checking the results in our picture gallery, the homeowner called our specialists to request an in-home evaluation.

On the appointed date, our specialists went to the client's home in Oakton to look at the floor. Once inside the house, it wasn't hard for them to understand the client's concerns. The amount of dirt made it almost impossible to appreciate the details on the travertine tiles, let alone the grout lines. As our specialists completed their assessment, they had a clear idea of what had caused the problem. They explained to the client that travertine tiles have a porous surface that can easily absorb dirt and liquids when there's no sealant in place.

The grout had also suffered from this, and the effect was heightened by the chemicals in many of the products that'd been used to clean the floors. These ingredients gradually damage hard surfaces and open the grout pores until soil gets stuck inside. Luckily, Sir Grout Washington DC Metro had the necessary equipment to remove all the dirt from the floor, and our specialists confirmed that there was no deep damage to the grout. They offered to deep clean the floor and seal its surface to prevent more dirt from getting embedded in the tiles and the grout lines.

As such, the client scheduled a new appointment, and our specialists returned a few days later for the restoration. They soaked the floor with a pH-neutral cleaner to get the dirt off. Our powerful product reduces the effort entailed in getting stains and dirt off the floors, removing soil, grime, grease, and other substances in only a few minutes. Our specialists worked through all the dirt with a high-speed scrubbing machine and ensured that the floor was spotless before recoloring the grout.

Then, they applied a coat of ColorSeal on all the grout lines, making the grout acquire the same light brown shade that the floor had after it was clean. Our high-quality sealant preserves the grout's good looks while warding off dirt, mold, mildew, soil, and other external elements. It even protects the grout's surface from exposure to UV rays. Our specialists matched the grout's protection with Stone Armor to keep the travertine's beauty and color and buffed the floor to bring out its new shine.

After completing the restoration, they invited the client back into the hallway to look at the results. The floor looked stunning, and he was amazed. The travertine had regained its natural color and looked gorgeous against the room's decor, creating the perfect balance between cozy and elegant. The client praised our crew and thanked them for their exceptional services.

Near the end of their visit, our specialists offered to share some useful cleaning advice, and the homeowner welcomed their input gratefully. They recommended using pH-neutral products like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner over soap-based formulas and generic cleaners. Unlike these traditional cleaning options, our product doesn't risk hard surface damage after repeated use; it doesn't cause discoloration of the stone and compliments the sealant's protection instead of wearing it off in time. It's also more effective at removing embedded dirt and deep stains, saving homeowners time and effort in their cleaning routine.

This travertine floor was located in one of the most active parts of the house, making spills and foot traffic constant occurrences that caused most of the dirt. Our specialists recommended to combine neutral cleaners with non-abrasive tools to help scrub off the stains. A mop, a towel, or a terry cloth can do the job without scratching the stone in the process. Our tech's final recommendation was to open the windows and doors a few hours every day to help fight the spread of moisture along harder-to-reach surfaces, preventing the growth of mold and mildew inside the house.

If you're looking for the most thorough restoration services and the most reliable professional team in the industry, Sir Grout Washington DC Metro is the answer. We offer a proven method and adapt our resources to each surface we work with, delivering the best result on natural stone, grout, and other hard surfaces. Get the best service for your home or business, by calling (703) 997-8552, or Schedule a FREE Quote on our website for an in-home restoration. Also, don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about our latest info and promotions.
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