"Questions our customers typically ask us..."
"We have tile on the floor of our shower. What type of floor is this? And how do we take care of it?"
This type of floor is called a mud floor. Mud floors consist of a vinyl membrane beneath the floor tile with 1-1/2" to 2" of cement on top, and then a layer of tile on top of the cement. This type of floor is used when you have an odd sized opening where a standard size shower pan wouldn't fit. These floors are pretty to look at but are usually more maintenance and care than fibre-glass shower pans. (Note: If you have a mud floor in your shower there shouldn't be any holes or cracks between tiles or in corners that would allow water to penetrate below the floor tile. Holes, cracks in corners and white lime deposits on tiles indicate a problem) Its especially important to seal the walls and floors preferably twice a year with a penetrating sealer.
Doing the math. On average, 2 people showering daily x 365 =730 x 5 years =3650 (wow!). Moral of the story.."If you have mildew, see a hole or crack, dont wait until major damage occurs....call us." Remember, Maintainence is key to saving money!"
"What is Grout Colorsealing?
Colorsealer is both a sealer and coloring agent that's applied to the grout joint to repel water and stains. It's a great way to make your grout look new again for years to come. Many Hotels use colorsealer to make their tile floors often look new even after the abuse of countless people walking on them. So if you're not happy with the color of your floor grout, call us. Colorsealer comes in most grout colors. We'll make your floor grout look beautiful again....and better yet, stain resistant.
Note: Colorsealers cannot be used inside showers.
"Why do I have Mildew Problems?"
Mildew happens when grout gets older, becomes porous and holds water. We usually recommend a full regrout if you have mildew problems, or if your grout is over ten years old and is looking tired. Remember soaps, chemicals and sediment in your water bombard shower grout on a daily basis, causing it to break down. You need maintenance if your mildew problems persist.
"Do you have any tips for keeping our showers in good shape."
Keep a squeegee in your shower and use it on the walls and floor to remove excess water after showering. Stop using strong chemicals to clean the grout. We recommend a light solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. It works great, kills bacteria and is environmentally friendly to your family and your shower. A soft scrub brush with the vinegar works good too. Magic eraser used on grout also works great for cleaning off soap scum. Use it wisely.
"How do I know my shower needs maintenance....?"
Your shower needs work when you see blackness in any corners, water staining on ceilings below, holes or missing grout, or cracks anywhere in your shower. All of these are indicators that work is needed.
Quick tip: Read the back of shampoo and conditioner bottles. Do they have dyes anywhere on list of contents? If yes,
change over to all natural shampoos and conditioners. Its healthier for your grout, and even healthier for your family!