Bathroom Maintenance

Bathtubs and showers have a reputation for building up grime from remnants of dirt, debris and soap. This can cause the growth of mildew on bathroom surfaces. Cleaning and maintenance of these areas is the key to stopping the growth of mildew and keeping bathroom surfaces attractive.

The type of cleaner for different surfaces varies. Generally, a nonabrasive liquid cleaning solution can be used on most surfaces. Shower curtains are infamous for attracting mildew. A good preventative measure is to wipe it down with a dry towel after each use along with regular cleaning.

Grout doesn’t take well to water. If in contact for a prolonged period of time it can become damaged and mildew can form. Cleaning helps this, but tile and grout need a little more care than other materials. Each year the condition of the grout and tile should be checked. If any tiles have become loose or damaged or there is damaged grout, it is time to make repairs. The experts at Refinish First can repair chipped tiles, replace missing grout and seal the grout when they refinish a surface in your home.

As with grout, caulk and sealants can deteriorate and be subject to water damage. To prevent this, caulk and sealant should be inspected annually and fixed as necessary. Damaged caulking should be removed and the unit resealed.

Doors on bathtubs and showers can present their own set of problems as well. If standing water is found in the base or track of the door, the drainage system isn’t working properly. Small holes can be drilled into the track to allow water to drain. If standing water if left uncorrected, mildew can become a problem in the door.

Regular and careful maintenance can prevent most damage on bathroom surfaces. If damage has occurred, Refinish First can help return the surfaces to new. Contact us today for a free bathroom refinishing estimate.


Beautify Your Beauty Salon


Whether updating a salon or starting a new salon using previously owned equipment, a great way to breathe new life into those old sinks and counters is by refinishing them. Starting and running a beauty salon can be very expensive. One way to cut down on these costs is to refinish those old countertops and sinks.

Let’s be honest, people judge a book by its cover. It’s no different when customers walk into a business. If your salon has old, dingy and chipped fixtures, customers might think that translates into an outdated hair cut or dye job. Instead of giving them the wrong impression, update your fixtures by refinishing them.

By refinishing instead of replacing, you’re cutting down on the time the salon would have to be closed during the renovation. The refinishing process takes less than a week to complete. They don’t need to tear anything apart, making clean up a breeze.

Because they aren’t tearing out the existing features it can save you up to 75 percent over the cost of replacement when you choose to refinish instead of replace. Refinishing can extend the life of your fixtures by up to 15 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

If you’ve been dreaming about updating your salon, but couldn’t afford brand new fixtures or closing during the renovation, look no further. Refinish First has many different surfaces to choose from to complement your salon or give it a whole new look.

Don’t own a salon? Next time you’re in for a trim take a look around. If the salon you use needs a refresh be sure to let them know about Refinish First. We always appreciate referrals!

Yes, You can Refinish Tile Floors…and you should.

Does your bathroom tile floor drive you crazy? Every time you take a shower do you wish the dirty grout would go away or fix itself? Wouldn’t that be nice? Guess what, it is totally possible and we can make this wish come true.

It is really easy to refinish your floor and deal with all that is annoying. It is the perfect opportunity to address stains, mold, broken tile, elevation unevenness, cracks and colors that you want replaced. When you get a tile floor refinished, Refinish First comes in and takes care of all these challenges and final coatings.

The actual floor refinishing begins with a high tech coating application right over the existing tile. On top of this layer a hard acrylic coat is applied. You end up with a long lasting finish that is easy to clean and brand new. All the annoying grout lines are sealed up. Wahoo! All this and the process is far more economical than removing an existing floor.

Our most popular finishes are from a stone finish collection that features many attractive options. You’ll have the opportunity to select something that reflects a palette you like and works with existing elements. However, while your floor is being resurfaced, it’s the ideal time to refinish the tub and counter surfaces as well. Have Refinish First give you a free estimate to resurface any or all parts of your bathroom.



Common Problems with Tile and Why You Should Refinish Them Instead

There are all sorts of problems with tile, including cracked grout, loose floors, flaking glaze, and mismatched patterns. One tile company listed common complaints by clients on their website—and this is just a partial list:

  • My polished porcelain floor does not seem to have an even shine.
  • My tiles are warped.
  • My tiles are scratched.
  • The glaze on my tiles is flaking off.
  • My tiles seem to have small cracks on the edges.
  • My shower is leaking through the tiles.
  • My tiles have been laid, but they are wrong or damaged.
  • My tiles have defects in the surface.
  • My tiles seem to be different than the ones I selected.
  • Some of the tiles on my wall or floor are the wrong color.
  • There are cracks running across my tiled floor.
  • The glaze on my tiles is flaking off.
  • The grout is crumbling.
  • The grout is turning dark.
  • My porcelain tiles are stained.

Rather than explain away faults and problems in our materials or workmanship, we do it right the first time. Refinishing is a much better option to replacing ceramic tile. It is not only more practical, but also less expensive than new tile and you avoid the mess of removal and replacement. Make your life easier (and bathroom more sophisticated!) by refinishing your tile. Ceramic tile refinishing can be used on tile countertops, bathtub tile surrounds and tile walls saving you up to 50% over the cost of replacement. The results, especially if you choose Refinish First’s Natural Accents stone finish, can be dramatic and is an affordable alternative to pricey Formica, Corian, Swanstone and other solid surfaces. Consider Natural Accents for your kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and ceramic tile. Natural Accents multi-color stone look offers a high-end makeover for any decor – modern, traditional, country or casual – without the mess, time and expense of removal and replacement. The specks and flecks of different colors deliver a depth and character that you have to see to believe. The results are beyond impressive, so give Refinish First a call today.

The Refinish First – Steps to Refinishing Tile

  1. Your home comes first:
    Refinish First takes great care to ensure that all the surrounding area is masked off and protected from overspray. Exhaust fans will be used to properly exhaust any unpleasant odors from the refinishing process.
  2. Surface preparation is very important:
    The tile surface is cleaned using a special two-step process to remove any dirt, grease or other substance that may interfere with the refinishing process. All chips are filled and sanded until smooth and level.
  3. Making it stick – the critical difference:
    The key to professional refinishing results is getting the new finish to stick to the old surface. The Refinish First bonding agent, is applied to the ceramic tile to chemically “bond” the new finish onto the old surface. It provides superior adhesion and greater durability and is safe to use and handle. It’s one of the key reasons why Refinish First has become the nation’s preferred refinisher. The bonding agent eliminates the need for dangerous acids, while creating a superior bond that allows Refinish First to confidently offer an adhesion warranty on ceramic tile surfaces.
  4. The new surface:
    While Refinish First can match almost any color, our stone look finishes have become our most popular tile application. It is a technologically advanced coating that is not only beautiful, but also affordable and durable. Your Refinish First professional refinisher will be happy to provide you samples and demonstrate its durability.

Grout Repair

Tired of crumbling grout? It’s a problem many people have to deal with. Over time, grout in tile floors, walls, or countertops becomes chipped, stained, and impossible to clean. Our refinishing process completely repairs and seals both the tile surface and the grout, creating a moisture barrier that will prevent dirt, mold, and mildew buildup. The refinished grout is easier to clean and stays clean longer.

When grout repair is necessary, the grout is floated with a special quick set mix to fill in any voids or cracks. When the grout is dry, the tile is wiped down and Refinish First’s MM-4 bonding agent is applied to ensure adhesion with the new coating.

Only after this preparation is complete can the tile be refinished with new coatings. The end result is a new look with clean and even grout lines. The grout is now permanently sealed, making the floor, wall or countertop easy to clean and maintain.

Tile grout problems we solve:

  • Unsightly chips, cracks or other damage
  • Black and moldy grout lines
  • Stained, discolored grout
  • Leaking tile
  • Germ collecting tile cracks
  • Lack of time and budget for renovation