"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 or cement floor, and consist of a vinyl membrane beneath a 1-1/2" to 2" bed of cement, with a layer of tile on top. 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 area) Its especially important to seal the walls and floors preferably twice a year with a penetrating sealer to prolong the life of your shower.
Quick Fact...On average, 2 people showering daily x 365 =730 x 5 years =3650 (wow!). The moral of the story..maintainence is important!
"If you have mildew, see a hole or crack, dont wait until major damage occurs....call us." Remember, Maintainence is the 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 more than ten years old and looks tired. Keep in mind, soaps, chemicals and sediment in your water bombard grout every time you shower, causing it to slowly break down over time. Maintenance is needed if your mildew problems persist.
"Do you have any tips for keeping our showers looking great."
Keeping a squeegee in your shower and using it to remove excess water after showering helps prolong your grout. And avoid using strong chemicals to clean your 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 well too. Magic eraser is a favorite of mine for cleaning off soap scum.
"How do I know if my shower needs maintenance....?"
Your shower needs work if you see blackness in corners, have water staining on ceilings below, or if you have missing grout or cracks anywhere in your shower. All of these are indicators that work is needed. Also, dark water stain outside door tracks is a strong indicator of work needed.
Quick tip: Read the back of shampoo and conditioner bottles. Do they have dyes anywhere on their list of contents? If yes,
change to all natural shampoos and conditioners. It's healthier for your grout, but more importantly, healthier for your family!