All Surface Restoration specializes in tile and grout cleaning, sealing and tile replacement. If not for dirty grout most people would have beautiful floors. Grout is porous and has a gritty surface which can stain and trap soils. Over time the grout lines become darker. Routine cleaning is not enough to keep grout looking good, especially light colored grout.
We offer a professional tile & grout cleaning to restore your floor to like-new condition. Experience, the right tools and quality solutions combine to produce a high quality system that will get your tile & grout clean. During the quote, we will clean a small area so you can decide for yourself if a cleaning will meet your expectations.
We also offer grout sealing. It is recommended that the grout is sealed after a cleaning to protect it from staining. A penetrating sealer will fill the pores of the grout and assist in keeping the grout clean. We use only the best grout sealers available. A grout sealing will last about three years. We also offer color sealing which is a more durable sealer and longer lasting. .
If necessary, any cracked or damaged tiles can be replaced after your floor cleaning. We match the grout color at the time of the quote using color sticks so that we get a close match to the existing grout as possible. Sometimes the tile installer will leave the left over grout bag in the basement. In this case we can use that for a perfect match.
We also re-grout floors if necessary. Many times cracked grout is due to movement of the floor beneath the tile. If this is occurring some of the tiles will be loose also. We cannot fix a floor that is not well bonded to the subfloor.
We can restore your bath or shower stall to its initial beauty. By re-grouting and re-caulking molded, mildewed or soiled stalls your bath stall will be restored like-new condition. We also inspect the shower for loose tiles and water damage.
Shower stalls start to show years of use by mildew building up in areas where there is not adaquate air flow to dry the area. In other cases the shower is just old and the materials start to fail. The grout or caulking starts to break down and gives mildew a foot hold. The result of this is water leakage behind the shower causing loose tiles, rotted wooden studs, and possibly water damage in rooms below the shower.
Regrouting is the only way to really get clean grout. We normally recommend regrouting the whole shower stall if most of the grout is soiled or discolored. When partial re-grouts are done there is a difference in the color of the grout. This may go away with time, but is something we let our customers know.
Caulking is applied to any seams or change of planes. Normally grout located in these areas crack from slight movement of between floors and walls. To prevent any moisture from entering the cracks, a anchoring channel is cut into the grout and caulk is applied. We only use 100% silicone caulk. This type of caulk does not shrink and is fully waterproof and flexible when dried. Any other caulk will not stand up to the tough environment of a shower stall. The area must be clean and dried completely before installing new caulk or it will not bond.
Soap Scum is a waxy build up noticeable at the low areas of the shower. This is due to soaps, detergents, hair and facial products that build up over time. It dulls the tile and makes the shower harder to clean. Most of this can be removed with a razor blade. What is left is removed with a soap scum remover and a scotchbrite pad
Hard Water Deposits - Normally from high mineral content in the water. Deposits build up over time and are difficult to remove. An acid based product is used to remove mineral deposits. Do not use acid products on natural stone shower stalls or flooring.
We can also replace cracked or loose tiles. Loose tiles are usually an indication of water getting behind the tile and breaking down the adhesive. Tap on the tile, if it is hollow sounding it is not well bonded, if it vibrates then it is loose. You can learn a lot about your shower just by tapping in different areas.