Regrouting Shower Floors – An Impossible Job??

Shower floors take a beating and get lots of wear and tear over time. If yours is starting to show its age, and you can’t get it clean enough, consider having it regrouted.

Shower floors usually have sanded grout, which is tougher to remove than the thin lines of wall grout. So some contractors say “Regrouting a shower floor – it can’t be done”.

They may be right, in some cases. There are times when the grout is so tough and there’s so much of it that it’s not cost effective to remove it.

But we’ve had good success using a diamond blade power tool, some carbide steel blades and an epoxy grout that stands up to heavy duty use.

The photos above show before and after shots of shower floors we’ve regrouted using this method. And while it can’t offer a total guarantee against water leaks and moisture penetration, at least it may help, since epoxy grout is much less porous than regular cement grout.

If you click on each photo, you’ll get a larger screen version of the shower with better resolution, then you can click the back arrow on your browser to go back.

If you’d like to get a quote, you can call us at 617-838-0795 or simply fill out the form below.

Towns where Act One does shower floor regrouting, epoxy grout, marble polishing, ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Groveland, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

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Our contact information:
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15 Main Street #138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Restoring Historic Terrazzo Floor In Downtown Boston Office Building

If you have terrazzo floors that were installed way ‘back in the day’, then you know that they can handle years of foot traffic and general abuse without cracking or wearing away.

But then again, after a long time, they can look …tired, to say the least. Worn, soiled, dull, and just plain old looking. Maybe the floor has paint drips on it from previous years remodeling, scratches from things being dragged on it and stains and spills that you can’t clean out no matter what you or your cleaning company tries. You might wonder if the terrazzo can ever be revived again so it looks fresh.

Answer: In almost every case, terrazzo can be refinished and look fabulous all over again!

Terrazzo is made of chips of marble embedded in either cement (the old way) or epoxy (the newer way). And marble can be diamond honed, polished and sealed…and cement and epoxy can be diamond honed, polished and sealed. So the whole job is doable as long as you use a contractor who knows marble polishing and concrete polishing.

An example was an old downtown Boston office building with terrazzo floors in the elevator lobby and main hallway of an upper floor. The building was built in 1903, and the original terrazzo was showing its age. The General Contractor called us in while getting the space ready for a new company to move in on one of the upper floors.

A few problems right from the start:

1. Some of the terrazzo had been covered over by thinset cement and ceramic tile on top. Tile had been removed, but thinset cement is very hard to scrape off without damaging the terrazzo
2. Over the years, painters had dropped tons of paint drips and splatters all over the surface – no drop cloths for these ‘craftsmen’!
3. Large heavy objects like appliances had been dragged across the floor, leaving heavy scratches that aren’t always possible to grind out.
4. Grout had corroded in multiple areas, requiring regrouting for a finished look.
5. The construction schedule was a bit behind, so in order to get done on time, we really needed to do this job at night so the construction company could have a full crew working each day with no delay.
6. Oh, and by the way, there was no real running water, so we had to buy bottled water and bring gallons of it up the elevator to wash the floor! (Hey, it’s probably the only floor in town that can claim to be ‘washed in natural Poland Spring Water’!)

The before and after photos are posted above. If you click on each photo, you’ll get a larger screen view so you can see more detail.

We worked nights only, scraped old thinset off, honed the floor, gently removed about 4,932 paint spots (!), regrouted the joints and polished it up to a good shine, ready for business, on time, without causing any delay in the construction schedule and with no extra charges.

If you have a terrazzo floor you’re considering covering over or removing, why not give us a call or fill out the form to get a quote on refinishing it instead? You might save a lot of money and time and retain the original look of your property.

If you’d like to get a quote, you can call us at 617-838-0795 or simply fill out the form below.

Towns where Act One does terrazzo polishing, marble polishing, ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Groveland, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford
Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795
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Our contact information:
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15 Main Street #138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Regrouting and Sealing Slate Shower in Boston

Boston slate shower before regrouting

Boston slate shower before regrouting

Boston slate shower after regrouting

Boston slate shower after regrouting

We get lots of calls to regrout tile and stone showers….so we end up regrouting LOTS of showers!

One reason it’s a popular service is simple – it works!

Even though it’s usually only a one day project, it can have a very dramatic effect on the whole look of the room, making the shower look ‘like new’ without having to go through the dust and delay of remodeling.

Also, grout repair and caulk replacement is a very logical way to keep the grout and caulking in a good state of repair, to help reduce unnecessary leaking and water damage.

In December we got a request from a condo owner in Boston to clean and regrout his slate shower. The shower was very solid, with a beautifully installed slate tile with strong color variations. He wanted the stone professionally cleaned because a film of old sealers and hard water deposits was interfering with the look of the wall.

You can get a larger image by clicking on the photos above.

We did a heavy duty cleaning of the stone, scraped out the old grouting, removed the old caulking and replaced the grout and caulk with a silver colored version that complemented the stone, then sealed the stone with a stone enhancer that works well with slate. Right after our job, the tub was scheduled to be refinished, so in order to coordinate with the refinishers, we waited until the they were done to caulk the line where the tub meets the stone, saving them a trip back. The ‘after’ picture above was taken before the final caulking. The homeowner was pleased with his ‘new’ shower and stone!

If you have a stone or tile tub shower or stall shower that needs professional attention, feel free to call us at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below for a free estimate. We’d love to make it look like new for you!

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, marble honing and polishing and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

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617-838-0795

Solving ‘Marble Mysteries’ – Regrouting Marble Shower Floor and Walls

Marble shower Hingham before regrouting - green copper leaching

Marble shower Hingham before regrouting - green copper leaching

Marble shower Hingham with green copper leaching close up before regrouting

Marble shower Hingham with green copper leaching close up before regrouting

Regrouted and cleaned marble shower bench Hingham - green copper gone

Regrouted and cleaned marble shower bench Hingham - green copper gone


Sometimes stone maintenance can be a little bit hard to figure out – a ‘marble mystery’.

We got a call from a homeowner in Hingham, a suburb on Boston’s South Shore, who was frustrated with the look of his marble shower.

You can click on the before and after pictures to get a better resolution photo.

It was a beautifully installed stone shower, but he had noticed that some sort of green residue was showing on grout lines near the shower bench and onto the floor of the shower. It wasn’t mold, it wasn’t any form of cosmetic dye…at first we couldn’t figure out what it was at all.

Then the homeowner recalled that the original installers had run the copper shower pan liner up to and under the shower bench as a waterproofing measure. This is not the standard way to do it, but we have seen it done that way on occasion.

So over time the green copper ‘rust’ had leached through the grout lines and permeated the grout. Fortunately the marble itself wasn’t discolored. Technically, copper doesn’t ‘rust’, but it ages with a green color – think of the Statue of Liberty.

The marble didn’t need any diamond honing or polishing, so that was not part of the solution.

The plan of action was this:

1. Clean the marble shower surfaces with non acid, marble safe cleaning liquids
2. Regrout the walls of the shower with traditional non-sanded grout
3. Recaulk corners and edges
4. Regrout the sanded grout floor of the shower to remove the green discoloration
5. Apply clear penetrating sealer to protect the stone and grout

Regrouting shower walls is fairly standard work – we do it every week. But regrouting shower floors with sanded grout is not something that always needs to be done; the sanded grout is difficult to remove without using special grinding tools with diamond tipped blades. Still, we’ve done enough of them to know the process and it came out looking nifty and clean – no sign of green, just fresh new grout, clean marble and a ‘new’ look to a beautiful marble shower restored to its original appeal!

If you have a ‘marble mystery’, feel free to give us a call at 617-838-0795 or just fill out the form below with your contact information.

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

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Our contact information:
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15 Main Street #138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Refinishing Brown Marble Vanity Counter Top

Emperador Brown marble vanity left side before polish dull

Emperador Brown marble vanity left side before polish dull


Emperador Brown marble vanity overall before polish dull

Emperador Brown marble vanity overall before polish dull


Emperador Brown marble vanity left side shiny after polish

Emperador Brown marble vanity left side shiny after polish


Emperador Brown marble vanity overall after polish shiny

Emperador Brown marble vanity overall after polish shiny

Recently we got a request to polish a brown marble vanity top for a homeowner in Cambridge. The stone was a variety of Emperador, which can be fussy to polish. Photos are above – you can get a better resolution photo by clicking on each image one at a time to see detail.

The process was a one day event – the homeowner removed the faucet spigot and handles herself to allow us to do a better job. We recommend this, but it’s not always critical, depending on where the gloss needs to be restored.

First we use diamond abrasive disks to remove etching, so called ‘water spots’, and then smooth out the stone, eliminating scratches and allowing light to reflect better. Then we use a polishing powder made for marble countertops, buffing it to a shine.

The final step is a clear penetrating sealer to protect the marble, and then it’s ready to enjoy and use again!

If you have a kitchen or bathroom marble counter top that you’re not happy with, feel free to get in touch with us to get free quote for restoration and refinishing. You can fill out the form below or just call us at 617-838-0795. The list of towns where we work is below as well.

Towns where Act One does marble vanity and counter top polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One at 617-838-0795 for free estimates

Our contact information:
Act One
15 Main Street #138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Concrete Polishing

Recently more and more of our clients are asking us to polish concrete floors. While we have historically done more marble polishing, concrete floor polishing is gaining in popularity and becoming more acceptable in even high end residential settings. The same diamond honing process we use for marble is used to create a smooth, light reflective surface on the concrete – we even use the same machines and the same diamonds! The sealers for concrete are a bit different, though.

The finish can be made to your order, from very glossy to a low luster shine. Unlike marble, concrete can also be tinted, acid stained or dyed to achieve varying color effects. Concrete densifyers are able to strengthen the surface and make it more durable than raw concrete.

It’s more cost effective than other floor treatments, much easier to keep clean than raw concrete and allows you to have a brighter room with more design options than ever before. Now that more and more people have seen the possibilities in restaurants and retail spaces, count on this option to become more common in offices and homes as well. It reduces your carbon footprint and construction delays by not having to buy a floorcovering material and wait for it to be delivered/installed.

The photo is an art gallery we recently honed and sealed for a major university in Cambridge. They said goodbye to their old institutional carpeting, so we removed the carpet, ground the mastic off the concrete, honed it and then later applied a sealer, but they requested it not to have a high gloss, so we used a low luster sealer to lock in color and a low sheen.

Polished concrete floor with low sheen sealer in Cambrdge Massachusetts

Polished concrete floor with low sheen sealer in Cambrdge Massachusetts

Call 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below to get your quote.

Towns where Act One does concrete polishing, acid staining concrete, concrete sealing, polished concrete, polished cement floors and diamond honing concrete: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One at 617-838-0795 for free estimates

Or, if you’re more into zipcodes, 02138, 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142, 02141, 02141, 02140, 02140, 02163, 02108, 02109, 02110, 02111, 02113, 02114, 02115, 02116, 02118, 02119, 02120, 02121, 02122, 02124, 02125, 02127, 02128, 02133, 02163, 02199, 02203, 02210, 02215, 02222, 02283, 02284, 02126, 02129, 02130, 02131, 02132, 02134, 02135, 02136, 02128, 02127, 02215, 02128, 02127, 02420, 02421, 02458, 02459, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02459, 02460, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02459, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02466, 02467, 02468, 02459, 02459, 02465, 02478, 02446, 02445, 02447, 02143, 02144, 02145, 01801, 01890, 02155, 02155, 02155, 02148, 01803, 01730, 01731, 01821, 01862, 01862, 01862, 01810, 01845, 01845, 01742, 01742, 01742, 01741, 01720, 01718, 01719, 01720, 01720, 01776, 01776, 01776, 01864, 01867, 01701, 01702, 01701, 01701, 01752, 02184, 02184, 02184, 02184, 02184, 02169, 02170, 02171, 02171, 02171, 02171, 02169, 02169, 02169, 02186, 02186, 02067

Our Contact Information:

Act One
15 Main Street # 138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Polishing Marble Condominium Lobby for a Boston Commercial Property Manager

Your condominium lobby and common area set the tone for the whole property. If the lobby and hallways convey elegance and style, property values goes up…for you and everyone in the building.

Recently a condo building in Boston contacted us via their property management company. We like working for property managers – they understand the value we can bring to a condominium setting.

After a long renovation, the condominium residents wanted to clean their marble steps and polish the black and white marble at their upper lobby. Photos of before and after are above. (You have to click each image to see the full size photo).

They were so pleased the property manager wrote us a letter of recommendation! Click that image, too, to see what she had to say.

If you manage a condominium building with marble stairs or a marble lobby and you want it honed, cleaned, sealed, repaired or polished, feel free to get in touch with us for a free estimate. We’ll email you a quote, stick to it and make you look good by making the marble look great!

Call 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below to get your quote.

Towns where Act One does marble vanity and counter top polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One at 617-838-0795 for free estimates

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Our Contact Information:

Act One
15 Main Street # 138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Marble Stains, Water Spots, Hard Water Stains on Marble or Granite…..Can They Be Cleaned Away??

Every week we get asked this question: “Can you clean away the stains, water marks, water spots or rings on my marble vanity, marble floor or granite countertop?”

THE ‘BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES’ OF MARBLE STAINS AND ETCHES

(If you click any of the pictures, it will take you to a full size photo page)

The answer, in almost every case, is “Yes, we can get the marble stains out and it can look beautiful again!” For example, the photos up top are ugly on purpose – see below for the ‘after’ pictures. One was a brown vanity top in Wellesley with ‘water rings’, one was a shower in Sudbury that a maid service had diligently sprayed acid based cleaning chemical all over and one was a commercial bathroom in Cambridge where the cleaning company had been using an acid based toilet bowl cleaner for years without realizing that the chemical always drips outside onto the marble floors.

It’s not usually a matter of just ‘cleaning’. In almost every situation I’ve encountered, what looks exactly like a hard water spot or a stain on the marble is not a true stain that can be scrubbed away. Instead, it is more often an etch caused by acidic chemicals. To add insult to injury, many times the acid was inside a liquid or spray cleaning chemical used to keep the marble or granite clean. Ouch!

The process that works is to hone down the marble or granite by using diamond abrasive pads. Then we go over the area with a marble polish that builds back the shine. If there is any soil on the surface, this also removes it and achieves cleaning at the same time.

If you have a ‘water mark’, a ‘water ring’ or an etch or ‘hard water stain’ on your marble or granite, whether it be a shower wall, shower floor, marble floor, granite countertop,  or marble vanity, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form at the end of this page and we’ll get your stone back into shape!

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates  – 617-838-0795

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Our contact information:

Act One, 15 Main Street #138 Watertown MA 02472

617-838-0795

 

Restoration of Historical Tile Floor in Copley Square Boston

You never know what ‘buried treasure’ you’ll find underneath old floors in Boston!

One gentleman in Copley Square was renovating his condominium and discovered that the cheap carpeting that had been thrown down all over his unit was actually hiding an old floor, a very old floor.

In fact, this floor was so old it had been originally installed when his building had been a hotel to some of Boston’s finest. He wanted to restore it to its former state, but due to age and being covered with thick old carpet glue, it was a real project to get it clean and refinished!

We had to actually use paste paint remover to get the blackened glue off the face of the tile and grout along with a LOT of scrubbing! We then used a gloss sealer to add a light shine that he wanted. It was missing a few tiles, but he was OK with a bit of imperfection, as long as the majority of the floor looked great.

As a result, he got to have his floors restored to their proper historical state and we got a few nice before and after photos from a job well done.

If you have an old floor or tile or marble surface you’re considering having refinished or restored, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below and we’ll see if we can help!

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

Deep Cleaning for Ceramic and Porcelain Tile and Grout Cleaning

We recently completed a project for a family in Winchester that needed help getting a family home ready for sale. The project included some shower regrouting and deep cleaning ceramic tile floor in a large bathroom.

The floor grout had originally been white, but over time, wear and tear had made the grout dull and soiled. Getting it clean is not just a matter of mopping at this point.

We used alkaline and acid based cleaning agents and a machine scrubbing process that gets out even ground in dirt from old grout. As a result, the house was ready for the realtor to show and looked great, at a reasonable budget.

If you would like ceramic tile or marble floors cleaned and grout replaced or cleaned, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below the photos and we’ll be happy to get you a quote ASAP.

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Act One – 617-838-0795