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Believe It or Not, Hairspray Can Ruin Your Tiles. Learn How We Solved This with a Tile Cleaning Service

October 11, 2016

What do an 80's movie and bathroom tiles and grout have in common? Hairspray! Lots of it! Yes, you read that right. This West Chester homeowner gave us a call after realizing that her tiles and grout were so dirty, she couldn't do anything to remove the dirt herself. She wasn't quite sure what it was or why it was so stubbornly stuck to her bathroom tiles. After talking to a friend about it, she mentioned that there was a local West Chester tile cleaning company that did great cleaning jobs at a fair price, so the homeowner decided to search the internet and eventually found us online. Upon reading about some of the work we had done, she decided to call us and book an appointment for a customary free evaluation.

Before and After Picture of a Tile Cleaning Service in West Chester, PA - Vanity Top
A couple of days later, we arrived at her place. After a thorough inspection, we were able to determine why our client's bathroom tiles were so difficult for her to clean. She was surprised to learn what the reason was: years and years of hairspray use had left a film of dust and grime on the tiles around her vanity table and tub in her bathroom. We explained that hairspray is pretty much a form of spray adhesive, which can build up on tile and grout, allowing dust and dirt to stick to it. Every time she did her hair, layers of dust and dirt became trapped on her floor, tub, countertop and any other surface that came into contact with the spray. She couldn't believe it. She never would have guessed that was what made the tiles dirty. Additionally, her shower stall needed some TLC as well, so she asked us to give her an estimate for the whole bathroom. She hired us on the spot, and we set a convenient date to do the job.

Removal of hairspray, dust and grime film during a Tile Cleaning Service in West Chester, Pennsylvania
A few days later, we were up and ready to start working on her bathroom tiles. Our team of experts used a non-toxic, pH-neutral cleaner to loosen the dirt buildup and then proceeded to do a deeper clean with a high-speed, gentle scrubber to extract all the dirt. In this particular case, since the dirt was literally stuck to the tiles and grout, we also used vapor steam cleaning. After thoroughly cleaning, we applied ColorSeal to the grout lines and Tile Armor sealer to the tile surfaces. We also re-caulked the shower floor edges and the tub area.

Before and After Picture of a Tile Cleaning Service in West Chester, PA - Shower CornerBefore and After Picture of a Tile Cleaning Service in West Chester, PA - Bathroom Floor

After we finished, the floors were looking bright and refreshed. The client was amazed by the results; she could not believe she was standing in her old bathroom. It looked as good as it did when she first moved in. We explained that after this service, her bathroom's tiles and grout would be protected against all stains and would be easier to clean. We also gave her some recommendations so she could keep her bathroom looking like new, such as always using a pH-neutral, soap-less cleaner and never leaving excess cleaner to air dry, as this, too, can cause dust and dirt to accumulate. We recommended her to use a dry terry cloth or towel to remove excess cleaner or dirty water.

Before and After Picture of a Tile Cleaning Job in West Chester, PA - Tub Area
If you are looking for a long lasting, cost-effective solution to fix the tiles and grout lines in your home or office, call Sir Grout of Greater Chester County at (215) 609-4868 or send us a message to request a quote by using the form below. If you want to stay up to date with our services and promotions subscribe to our newsletter or like our page on Facebook at Sir Grout of Chester County, and follow us on Instagram @SirGrout and Twitter @SGChesterPA!


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