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Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-27-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,772
Posted By GM-Columbia
Pricing Survey

Thanks to all for your responses. Let me explain my position on use of industrial grade epoxy grout in commercial kitchens. I agree that they are the ideal product for new installations where you...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-25-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,772
Posted By GM-Columbia
Isaac, All epoxy grouts that I know about...

Isaac,

All epoxy grouts that I know about require a week to cure before the floor can be placed back into normal service. All restaurateurs want to operate as normal with no shut-down. Also, I...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-22-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,772
Posted By GM-Columbia
Pricing Survey

I am in Columbia, SC and am beginning to do quite a bit of restaurant kitchen floor regrouting, but am having difficulty determining what a fair market price is for the service. I am currently...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 01-04-2013, 03:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,701
Posted By GM-Columbia
Regrouting Commercial Kitchen Floors

Jon,

The first thing I do is establish a realistic expectation for the restaurant manager by telling him or her that our goal is merely to remove the damaged grout and grease and to re-grout it...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 01-02-2013, 02:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,701
Posted By GM-Columbia
Regrouting Commercial Kitchen Floors

I have regrouted several restaurant kitchen floors over the last few years, and am always left wondering what other people charge. I never know if I am leaving money on the table. I would...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 09-12-2012, 10:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,556
Posted By GM-Columbia
Grout Haze Remover

I use SpeedyClean concrete dissolver to remove cementitious grout haze easily and quickly. If it's just haze and not thick smears, about 10-15 minutes is all that's necessary.

It is mildly acidic...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 08-30-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,152
Posted By GM-Columbia
Erik, I charge 50% more for Laticrete...

Erik,

I charge 50% more for Laticrete SpectraLOCK epoxy grout plus the price of the grout. For Custom epoxy grout, I charge 100% more plus the price of the grout. The Custom product is harder to...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 08-22-2012, 10:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,761
Posted By GM-Columbia
L, If it's not leaking, I wouldn't rush to...

L,

If it's not leaking, I wouldn't rush to replace it. Signs of leakage would include bowing or buckling in walls, curb, jambs, or floor of shower; cracking and separation of grout from tiles;...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 08-19-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,761
Posted By GM-Columbia
Caine, If it was soap scum, I believe that...

Caine,

If it was soap scum, I believe that the scrubbing and cleaning methods that the homeowner described in the first post would have worked to some degree.

I have cleaned a lot of soap scum,...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 08-19-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,761
Posted By GM-Columbia
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CX,

You are right about specs for the thickness of the top mudbed. It's just that a lot of the ones we have torn out had 3" of mud on the bottom. Some only have a single mortarbed.

I did not...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 08-19-2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,761
Posted By GM-Columbia
White residue on floor grout in shower

Soap scum is usually more widely distributed than what I see in your photo--including on the walls.

I think that you probably have an efflorescence problem caused by one or more showerpan defects....
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 07-08-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,061
Posted By GM-Columbia
The main problem with using Windex to clean grout...

The main problem with using Windex to clean grout is that some (but not all) formulations contain ammonia, which will strip sealer, and one formulation contains vinegar (a mild organic...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 07-05-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,849
Posted By GM-Columbia
I leave written cleaning instructions with each...

I leave written cleaning instructions with each customer, advising them to clean the grout I just sealed ONLY with a NEUTRAL stone & grout cleaner or with a little dish detergent in the mop water. I...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 07-04-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,984
Posted By GM-Columbia
Stone Dude, My advice was to Jane, the home...

Stone Dude,

My advice was to Jane, the home owner. Generally when non-professionals hit on something that works to solve a problem, they use that solution repeatedly. If the problem is hard...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 07-04-2012, 12:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,854
Posted By GM-Columbia
I just started using a Fury II steam pressure...

I just started using a Fury II steam pressure washer (1000 psi, 300 degrees) made by Spartan Manufacturing Corp. in Kernersville, NC. On our first job, we quite thoroughly cleaned 750 square feet of...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 07-04-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,984
Posted By GM-Columbia
Jane, Though commonly recommended, I would...

Jane,

Though commonly recommended, I would advise you not to use acidic cleaners, including vinegar or lemon juice. Acids, even weak ones, dissolve the grout and leave it pitted. Many readily...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 07-03-2012, 11:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,263
Posted By GM-Columbia
Smile For starters, do not use acid unless you think...

For starters, do not use acid unless you think the stains are metallic. Acid damages grout and does nothing to remove most stains from non-porous surfaces.

You didn't mention whether or not your...
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