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Cleaning and Restoring Slate Tiles

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog, Dirty Grout, Grout Cleaning, Grout Recolouring, Maintenance, Sealing, Slate Cleaning, Tile Cleaning | Comments Off on Cleaning and Restoring Slate Tiles

Restoring Slate Tiles To Their Original Glory Cleaning and Resealing Slate Tiles by GroutPro Slate tiles look fantastic as a floor tile however it’s important to seal the surface of slate tiles because being a natural material it is porous. This means dirt and grime will penetrate into the surface which can’t be removed without specialised cleaning equipment. Normal mopping, steam mops and supermarket cleaning products are just not able to remove it. Assuming your tiler did seal your slate after laying it, the sealer chosen could range from the cheap DIY products available at hardware stores, or it could be a more “professional grade”. The difference between qualities of sealer is durability, adhesion and resistance to discolouration. GroutPro Specialists only use our own GroutPro professional grade sealer which is typically applied in three coats to provide a long lasting glossy appearance and which is easy to clean with conventional mopping. Our Goonellabah team started work on a job recently which included a 9m² strip of slate tiles into the laundry. The tiles were laid some 33 years ago. The owners had the slate cleaned and resealed just over 2 years earlier by another company who sealed over the top of dirt and stains left behind by their cleaning process. The owners believed there was no way we could restore their slate back to its original beauty, it was so badly marked and stained. Scott, our team leader in Goonellabah, recommended a major clean involving stripping off the old sealer and had originally hoped to achieve an 85% chance of bringing the tiles back to their original appearance when first laid. Pre-testing the tiles with a number of stripping products Scott found some performed well on the tiles but not on the grout lines which remained dark and stained. With Scott’s extensive experience in grout and tile cleaning he settled on a commercial grade stripper which he found was effective in the softening and removal of this particular sealing product on both tiles and grout. The key was to allow sufficient time for the application to sit and soak through into the old sealer, then Scott was able to remove all traces of the old sealer and was then able to thoroughly clean the slate tiles and grout in preparation for the new sealer. The result was a near 100% removal of the dirty old sealer and clean of the slate tiles underneath. The owners could not get over the change in appearance. Once sections of the old sealer had been removed and the tiles properly cleaned, they could see just how badly discoloured and stained the old sealer and the slate under the sealer had been. The owners went on to book and confirm the other 60m² of their slate flooring for cleaning and restoring. Scott was also able to assist them with stained windows so the entire house was looking sparkling. The owners also recommended Scott to their neighbours with similar slate flooring who were very impressed with what they saw and immediately booked Scott to restore their slate floors too. Fantastic results for Scott and his team in Goonellabah. If you’re looking at stained slate tiles every day, you’ll want the best service around: GroutPro’s Tile and Grout Cleaning service. Get an Obligation FREE Quote or Call us today 1800 822 459 Fresh clean slateSlate cleaning and grout restoration outdoor areaSlate cleaning and grout living areaSlate and grout restoration...

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Getting Your House Ready For Sale

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Bathroom Makeover, Blog, Grout Cleaning, Kitchen Makeover, Maintenance, Tile Cleaning | Comments Off on Getting Your House Ready For Sale

Getting Your House Ready For Sale   Maintenance and Spring Cleaning Can Really Help As Spring approaches, so does the busiest time of year for real estate agents. There are approximately 65% more properties available for sale in Spring than any other time of year. People tend to want to sell at this time of year because the weather is warmer, the gardens look more appealing and neater and the house tends to be more inviting. Before putting your home on the market, you need to take an objective look at it, and all the things that need fixing ­in order to get the biggest return and address potential house maintenance. Buyers tend to focus on a few key areas of a prospective new home ­- the kitchen and the bathrooms. Dirty tiles and grout can be a potential deal breaker in sale negotiations. The alternative ­- installing a new kitchen or bathroom can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. This may not be money that you want to spend if you aren’t going to be around to enjoy it. A cost­ effective alternative is to have your kitchen or bathroom given a new lease of life. The photo’s below show a unit in Sydney’s inner city that was going on the market. GroutPro was enlisted to update the bathroom. Upon inspection, there was grout missing in a few areas, and the grout was heavily discoloured, with mould growing in some areas. The tiles and grout in the bathroom was cleaned, missing grout was replaced and GroutPro’s unique Colourseal product was added to the shower walls and bathroom floors to give the bathroom a fresh, updated look. This low cost house maintenance solution contributed to high return for the owners on auction day. If you are looking to sell your home or investment property in coming months, then Contact your local GroutPro specialist today and ask for your FREE, no obligation quote or PH: 1800 822 459 or simply click on the Quick Quote form above. Dark grout before the treatmentGrout before we starting our coloursealing treatmentGrout Coloursealing afterThe Grout once the white colour was...

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GroutPro’s Maintenance Products

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Blog, Stone and Quarry, Tile Cleaning, Tile Repair | Comments Off on GroutPro’s Maintenance Products

Maintenance Products With the growth of the home renovation industry, as well as the popularity of ceramic tiles and natural stone as a floor choice, it is important that homeowners protect their investment. Some readily available supermarket products are highly acidic and corrosive with the ability to eat into your tiles and grout, which can lead to irreparable damage. Below is a photo of one of our recent customer’s bathroom – she had been using an acidic product with a pH of 0.5 that she had purchased from her local supermarket. The product is highly dangerous to use and the acidity of the product has caused the damage to her tiles. close up of dirty tiles and grout in showerdirty tiles and grout in shower base There are a lot of tile and floor cleaning products flooding the market these days but what exactly are you looking for to maintain your floors. One of the key things that you need to look for in a tile/floor cleaner product is pH neutral. What is pH neutral? pH neutral refers to something that it neither acidic nor alkaline. GroutPro’s products are regarded as leading edge within the industry and have recently made their maintenance products available online for customers to purchase. Pro-Kleen is a highly concentrated pH neutral cleaner which is also non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free. It can be used for all areas of your home from tiles and floors to washing the dishes or even your car. Citrus Eco-Kleen is a pH neutral multi-purpose product. Cutting through soap scum, dirt and germs and kills 99% of bacteria when it comes in contact. Citrus Eco-Kleen has a pleasant smell, as opposed to a number of multi-purpose products currently available on the market. If you are interested in trying these in-demand, high quality products or to find out more information, simply go to the ‘Tile and Grout Cleaning Products’ page of our website.   Contact us using our Enquiry form or call your local GroutPro specialist on PH: 1800 822 459 to arrange a free demo....

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Cracked Travertine Stone Tiles | GroutPro

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Blog, Stone and Quarry, Tile Repair, Travertine | Comments Off on Cracked Travertine Stone Tiles | GroutPro

Problems with “Hard-wearing” Travertine Stone Tiles? We all know how hard wearing and durable floor tiles are, especially real stone tiles – or are they? Recently Wayne and his Balcatta team visited a home where the Travertine stone tiles had been extensively damaged, were cracked through the centre of the tile and chipping away from no apparent reason. Travertine stone is a type of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs.  Being a soft stone it is easily damaged with both normal traffic as well as accidental incidents. High heel shoes put a lot of pressure on small areas and cause chaos on these type of floors, as can dropping of something like an umbrella, or knife, or perhaps a child’s toys or the like. Plonking down of dining chairs also might affect the stone. Normal foot traffic over time eventually shows weak spots throughout the stone as well and regular maintenance is recommended simply due to it’s soft make-up and possible inconsistencies in it’s density. First Job, before the repair is completed.First Job, after the job is done. In this particular home the cracking may have initiated within the concrete slab below the tiles as the extent of the damage ran across multiple tiles along the same path. Wayne and his team got to work on the major cracks and the results were fantastic. A small amount of Travertine stone filler was used to carefully fill the cracked section and major holes. After carefully scraping the area to remove any excess filler it was left to cure. With a final touch up the area was lightly sanded and dried with a soft cloth. Not only was the home-owner so amazed by the results, she could hardly find the original cracks. Wayne and his team completed the job which included most of the floor area within the home and the Travertine stone tiles look amazingly clean and new again. Travertine Cracked Tiles after being repaired.Travertine Cracked tile before it is repaired. If you’ve got a problem area of Travertine stone tiling and need advise on repairs to cracks and chips contact GroutPro today to find your local tile and grout cleaning specialist. Phone: 1800 822...

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Grout ColourSealing: Changing Older Bathrooms

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Bathroom Makeover, Blog, Dirty Grout, Grout Recolouring, Tile Cleaning, Tile Repair | Comments Off on Grout ColourSealing: Changing Older Bathrooms

Need A Change To Your Bathroom? Stains & Mildew Making it Look Shabby?   GroutPro Comes to the Rescue with Grout ColourSealing! Here at GroutPro we don’t just repair the damage from your leaking shower or broken tiles around the home, we offer exceptional service and customer care. We know how important your home is to you and we respect this by leaving it clean and tidy once our job is complete. At GroutPro we have exclusive products and years of experience and knowledge to make your bathroom, shower or kitchen look brand new and easy to maintain. To give you some examples of this we’ve collected some images of a recent job which shows the diversification and workmanship needed to give the best results – a prime example of the power of a simple clean and grout colour-sealing. shower tray beforeshower tray after grout coloursealing As the images reveal we removed the staining on the tiles and grout and then applied our exclusive grout colour-sealing. The colour-seal process to not only protects your grout from mould and soap scums but also restores the grout to look like new again, without spending a fortune. Typically many customers believe they need to regrout the entire shower and are so thankful of the savings when we advise them of our grout colour-sealing process and cost savings. Another huge benefit with grout colour-sealing is the choice of colours we have available. With over 80 colours to choose from we can match the grout to better suit your latest decor. shower before grout coloursealingshower after grout coloursealing Once the grout colour-sealing was complete and dry we then removed and replaced the silicone in the shower. This left the entire shower and bath area looking sparkling brand new. The homeowner couldn’t believe her eyes and was so appreciative that we’d left her home clean and tidy. Apart from a new bathroom when we walked out the door she wouldn’t have known we’d even been there! So, if you’re planning to sell your house or have relatives visiting from overseas why not make your shower look fresh, clean and brand new again? Call your local GroutPro specialist today and ask for your free in house demo. Call 1800 822 459 today.  ...

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Tile Repair – Are Your Tiles Hollow, Cracked or Loose?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Damaged Tiles, Dirty Grout, Tile Cleaning, Tile Repair, Tile Replacement | Comments Off on Tile Repair – Are Your Tiles Hollow, Cracked or Loose?

Need Loose, Cracked Tile Repair? GroutPro can help…. Have you ever walked across a tiled floor to hear them sounding ‘hollow’? Hollow meaning that certain areas of the tiles sound and feel loose underfoot. These are areas in which the bottom of the tile is not in contact with the underlying substrate. Unfortunately this is a regular occurrence in older properties where the tiles may have been laid with the original slab and the substrate or adhesive has deteriorated over time. The hollow sound may be a result of ‘spot-bonding’ during the installation. ‘Spot bonding’ is when the installer applies a spot of bonding (adhesive) to just the corners and centre of the floor tile and presses it into place. This leaves voids under the tile and ultimately the entire area of flooring. When this method is used you will hear the hollow sound where there is no adhesive i.e. the void. Over time this causes cracking of the tiles and grouting which runs between these tiles. Once the grout has cracked it falls through to leave holes between the tiles. This is the type of situation recently faced by our Goonellabah team. A large area of the floor was hollow and cracks had started to appear. The homeowner needed our help to repair 123 loose tiles. About the same time last year the Goonellabah GroutPro team had repaired 4 similar apartments within the complex and the owner had retained many tiles which were used on these jobs. Area of tiles to repairRemoving the hollow tiles We were not as lucky with this latest job and were only able to find four spare tiles which another apartment owner kindly donated to us. Each tile had to be carefully removed to ensure the tile did not crack. The team managed to lift all 122 tiles without a scratch with just one tile cracking as it was removed. Each tile was then cleaned to remove the old adhesive and re-laid into place. The homeowner had also decided to change the colour of the entire floor grouting so the repair of hollow tiles was just part of the full job. After 36 hours of painstaking work with 50m2 of grout replacement and colour sealing the outcome was fantastic. The floor area was now level, the colour matched well to the home decor and the overall look was like new again. The Homeowner was very excited by the outcome and couldn’t wait to take some pictures to share with family. Finished tile repair in kitchen and dining roomFloor tiles replace and grout recoloured If you’re having similar tiling issues in your home, don’t wait any longer get your local GroutPro team in to give you an assessment of the job and an obligation free...

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