This bathtub with shower over was at a house in the old shipbuilding port of Greenock within the historic county of Renfrewshire. I’m not sure you can appreciate it from the before photograph below, but the grout was white and was starting to discolour. The owner of the house didn’t want it to get any worse and asked us for help.
Preparing the Grout
We discussed the options and the benefits of applying a grout colour which would not only change the colour but also add a layer of protection over the grout which would be much easier to keep clean going forward.
With the decision made we set about cleaning the grout first with a Grout Colourant Pre-Treater that cleans and etches the grout resulting in a better bond with the grout colourant. This was followed by rinsing the grout with water to remove any dirt and remove the traces of pre-treater before drying it off with a heat gun ready for the next step.
The customer had decided on a Chocolate grout colour, so it would blend in with the brown tiles more effectively. So, once the grout has dried two coats of Tile Doctor Grout Colourant were applied over the grout with a small brush. This product is basically painted on top of the existing grout any any excess wiped off the adjacent tile before it dries. It’s an epoxy based formula that becomes a long-lasting barrier protecting the grout and as I mention before making it much easier to clean.
Last step before leaving was to strip out the stained silicone sealant between the top of the bath and tile and replaced with fresh new white silicone to match with the white bathroom suite.
The job only took a day to complete and the owner was very pleased with the way the tiles now looked.
Applying Chocolate Grout Colour to Bathroom Tiles Inverclyde
Every year the Tile Doctors get together for an annual conference to discuss new ideas, techniques and products in the field of Tile, Stone and Grout maintenance. As well as catching up with the latest information from Tile Doctor it’s a great opportunity to network with other Tile Doctors. This years conference took place on 29th April 2017 at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester and towards the end of the conference we always have an awards ceremony based on our performance in the previous year.
I’m proud to report I took away this years “Best Restoration Award” for the work I did restoring the Terrazzo and Quarry Tiled floors at a Fire Damaged Church in Bath. Tile Doctor were really impressed with the amount of work I did and when you think Tile Doctor collectively worked on 1,755 jobs in 2016 it’s amazing to be singled out has having done the best one.
Julian Iacono being awarded the Best Restoration Award
by Tile Doctor Director Russell TaylorIf you haven’t seen the article I posted on the restoration take a look here: Church Tile Restoration in Bath.
Tile Doctor were so impressed with the work I did they even created the following video to showcase the work.
I would like to thank Tile Doctor and the Architect who awarded me the contract at the Church and had the faith in my ability to deliver the result.