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Canny specialise in cleaning, renovating and protecting glass, metal, plastic and ceramic surfaces. Our products use molecular bonding to ensure surfaces are protected for the long-term. The products used are biodegradable, non-flammable and non-toxic. What’s more, they are harmless to humans and the environment.

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A Canny Miracle – Looking So Good After Looking So Bad!

Sharon Ballance of Khandallah owns a ‘character’ house built in the early 70’s with Italian marble bathrooms – one green and the other terracotta. She says that although the showers looked cool with amazing quality, the marble and glass was badly water-stained.

In her own words…

“It didn’t matter what we did in the way of cleaning. Nothing made any difference. Replacement wasn’t feasible because of the cost and not being able to find anything to match the unique character of the house. We couldn’t find anyone to help, although we did get a guy in ten years ago to look at the showers but he said it was ‘too hard’ to restore them with the equipment he had.”

Tiles And Metalwork Can Be Restored

“By fluke we came across Cameron. I was doubtful that anything could be done, and said to him “I’m not sure you’ll be able to fix this. We were surprised to hear him say that the tiles and metalwork could be restored like brand-new, and the glass made much better. We appreciated him being realistic and honest about the practical limitations.

He explained to us his ‘deep cleaning’ methods including the diamond grinder that doesn’t damage surfaces, and the protective coatings to preserve the as-new finish. He only proposed the work that was actually needed and no more – a cleanup of one shower and complete restoration of the other.

We found Cameron to be a nice guy of good humour and easy to have around the house, unlike some tradies. He proved to be very professional, tidy, and super organised. He got stuck in for two days. It looked to us like a terrible job and very hard work, but guessed it must be rewarding for him to see the difference it would make. It seemed like a lot of work for the money we were paying him.”

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The Restoration Process

The complete shower restoration involved the following steps…

Firstly all the mouldy silicon, water staining, and lime scale were removed.  Then the chrome and glass were cleaned with an electric polisher, diamond rotary pads, and water spot remover.

Aqua Mix EffEx™ was applied to give a deep clean to the natural stone and grout to remove limescale, soap scum, and mineral build up. Etching on the natural stone was removed using Diamond pads in a 3-step polishing process, restoring the original shine.

Aqua Mix Enrich’N’Seal™ was used to enhance and protect the unique character of the natural stone. It also sealed and darkened grout joints, providing maximum stain protection.

The glass surfaces were then treated with ClearShield protective coating for maximum stain resistance and easier ongoing maintenance. The last touch was a new silicone coating to make the bathroom look fresh and new.

The cleanup of the other shower only involved restoring the glass, cleaning the chrome and sealing it.

The Stunning Outcome

“When we looked at the showers after he finished we were abolutely stunned. OMG! How could it look so good after looking so bad! ‘You’re a miracle worker’. It was so good to see the original glory restored and get really helpful advice on how to keep the showers in good shape.

The cost benefit of the work was massive – maybe less than 10% of the cost of replacement, if that was even possible. We couldn’t be happier with the result. It was way better than we could have hoped.  We can’t speak highly enough of  Cameron and would recommend Canny to anyone.  The next project is our pool!”   Sharon

If you are frustrated trying to get your bathroom tiles, grout, metal surfaces, natural stone, and glass back to its original glory then check our products or contact us today.

Clear Glass is everything when you are the Wellington Airport Control Tower

The Wellington Control Tower controls all air movements across 30 million square kilometres of airspace across New Zealand and the Pacific, handling over 1 million air traffic movements a year.  In 2017 Canny Surface Solutions were contracted by Woods Glass of Auckland to help complete the build of the new leaning Wellington Control Tower.

With the harsh windy, seaside environment of the airport, corrosion of the 93.2m2 glass of the building was a real issue. The glass would quickly degrade and with sea spray contamination bonding to the glass visions would have been quickly compromised. The maintenance of the 16 glass panes would have been an expensive and inconvenient ongoing issue. The architects specified a triple coat of Clearshield for each glass panel for maximum protection from staining and discolouration ensuring the glass performed like new for longer

Despite the colossal size of the 16 panes of glass, the Clearshield treatment needed to be applied in one day, ready for installation. 

Chris Batie at Woods Glass handed over his entire factory to Cameron and his team for the day and once the treatment was completed the glass was lifted into position on the Control Tower.

Chris says, “the Wellington Control Tower now have complete peace of mind that their tower is fully protected from the environment and have maximum clarity of vision always. It was an unusual and very specialised environment to work in and Cameron did an excellent job keeping us informed throughout the job. Since then we have been able to use Canny Surface Solution on other excellent projects as well.”

If you are needing your glass protected from Wellington’s harsh environment, then check our products or contact us today.

Restoring a Wellington Hospitality Icon

The Wellesley Boutique Hotel is a Wellington icon. Built in 1929 and now a grade 1 listed building in the centre of Wellington CBD. This boutique hotel is well known for its classic charm and traditional sophistication.  It is one of the finest examples of neo-Georgian architecture in Wellington.

Bathroom Restoration Is Possible

Prior to finding Canny Surface Solutions, General Manager of ”the Wellesley” Stephen Edwards was fielding ongoing complaints from customers about the state of their aging bathrooms. These are not the run-off the mill bathrooms but 13 elegant, individually styled rooms sporting beautiful neo-Georgian furnishings and décor. While the hotel is well known for the its charm and luxurious comfort these 30 year old bathrooms, part of each suite, were simply not up to standard.   Stephen says “once that black mould starts to appear I thought it could not be stopped. All our bathrooms were in a very bad way. Until I met Cameron I did not know it would be possible to restore them at all. I remember saying to him that if he came in and did the work he could not have before and after photos as I was so embarrassed.”

For Cameron, this type of work is exactly where his business can make the most impact. The process to restore them is a lot of hard work but by using Clearshield’s proven systems and specialist products. Cameron was always confident that he could do the work which included:

Removing the mineral build up and calcium stains on shower walls and floorRemoving and replacing mouldy silicone on shower walls and floorRepair the grout channels on walls & floor and prepare for sealingCOLOUR SEAL grout channels and CLEAR SEAL tiles. This provides maximum stain resistance and easier ongoing maintenance. Using the microban mould and mildew resistant premium water based sealer ensures that the black mould will not reoccur over time.

Transformed Bathrooms

The whole process not only transformed the bathrooms and returned them to new but also set them up for many years of maintenance free use.

Scheduling the work around the Wellesley’s busy bookings and occupancy was also an important part of the project. The scheduled for all the bathroom was agreed up front and then was adhered to fully throughout the work. The hotel remained open at all times and each bathroom was restored, taking it out of action for only one day. This ensured that the business did not lose revenue or have to turn away bookings

Stephen says “Cameron did exactly what he said he would as per the schedule agreed. There was almost no disruption to the hotel and that bathrooms are beautiful.  I have not had one complaint about a bathroom since and they are now of the same high quality and luxury that our customers expect from their stay with us”

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The Challenge of Keeping a Shower Clean

Is it a challenge to clean your shower? Many home owners will throw up their hands in dismay after hours of trying to get the water and scale stains off their bathroom surfaces. They believe that there is no other solution other than to replace the entire shower unit. This is not so as Belinda found out after she met Cameron at the Wellington Home Show.

The older shower in Belinda and Alan Clare’s Seatoun home was the perfect opportunity for Cameron. At least 10 years old with two walls of tile and grout, and two of glass it needed the full Canny Makeover treatment.

Belinda says “I had tried everything I could over 5 years to get the shower clean but the water and scale stains just kept getting worse. We were at the point of replacing the glass when we picked up Cameron’s card at the Wellington Home Show. Hoping to save ourselves the big expense of replacement we decided to give him a call.”

Water And Scale Stain Removal

Belinda reckons that even Cameron was little taken aback when he saw her disaster of a shower but he was always confident that he could return it to its original glory

Shower Restored To Its Former Glory

Cameron restored Belinda’s shower to its formal glory.

Firstly all the mould inhibited silicon was removed, followed by the water staining and lime scale. An electric polisher, non-scratch pads and professional water spot remover were used on the chrome and glass.

Aqua Mix and EffEx were used to give the natural stone and grout surfaces a deep clean, removing limescale, soap scum and mineral build up.Etching on the natural stone was removed using the Holer Diamond pads 3 STEP polishing process was used, restoring the original shine.

Aqua Mix Enrich’N’Seal™ was applied to protect and highlight the character and beauty of the natural stone and grout. It seals and darkens the colour of grout joints and provides maximum stain protection.

Clearshield protective coating was then applied to all the glass surfaces to ensure maximum stain resistance and easier ongoing maintenance.

The whole shower was completed with a new silicone coating applied to finish the job and give Belinda that new bathroom look without the cost and hassle of installing a new bathroom.

Belinda couldn’t have been happier than she had picked up Cameron’s card that day at the Home Ideas centre. “I saved thousands of dollars! Canny made my shower look brand new again. It is unbelievable. I love it every time I go in the shower” – Belinda

Shower Glass, Silicone, Tiles & Grout Cleaning in Wellington.

Problem: “I have brought a house and the bathroom needs a full professional clean to make it like new again” – Dominique (Client)

Services Requested:

This case study is for a Wellington client that requested the following services:

Shower Glass Cleaning: Remove mineral build-up and hard water stains from shower glass and chrome surfaces in the bathroom. Shower Glass Protection: Apply a protective coating to shower glass. Tiles & Grout Cleaning: Deep clean and remove stains from tiles and grout in the bathroom to improve hygiene and its appearanceSilicone Replacement: Remove and replace the mouldy silicone in the bathroom to improve its appearance.Grout Sealing & Protection: Apply colourseal to grout joints to improve its appearance

If you need a service like the ones outlined in this case study, simply contact us for free no-obligation quote.

THE FULL STORY“I needed help cleaning the tiled bathroom in my new house!”

Dominique and her partner moved into their new house in Wellington at Christmas time. The first thing they wanted to do to their new home was to fix up the very tired bathroom.  “It’s a small bathroom, fully tiled walls, shower and floor. The grout looked a little old and grey and also had what looked like mould”. 

How Dominique found the best cleaner!

Dominique thought that she needed to get the bathroom all re-grouted, and not knowing what to do, she searched around on google for ‘grout replacement’ and ‘grout cleaner’ and was delighted to find the Canny Surface Solutions website.

“Canny were very easy to get hold of and they came and gave us a quote with no obligations. They quoted for a deep clean of all the tiles, re-doing the glass, a deep clean of all the grout, repainting the grout & replacing the silicon”

What was done:

Removal of the mineral build-up and staining from shower glass and chrome surfaces and application of a protective coating to the glass.Deep cleaning of tiles and grout in the bathroom to remove staining and improve its appearance.Removed & replaced the mouldy silicone in the bathroom to improve its appearance.Colourseal applied to all the grout joints to improve its appearance. 

Dominique saved time and money!

Dominique thought it was interesting that Canny didn’t want to remove the grout because it was in reasonable condition and the process of removing old grout could possibly chip the tiles. Canny thought the bathroom was in good condition and only a simple spruce up with a deep clean & paint was all that was needed.

The process didn’t take long at all – only 1 day

 “Canny arrived and did it all in one day and it looked amazing! Like a new bathroom! We couldn’t use the shower for 24 hours afterward to allow the protective coating applied to the surfaces (tiles, grout, shower glass & chrome) to fully dry and cure – but that was ok as we could still use the toilet.”

Dominique was very pleased with the results!

“We are very pleased as it really looks like a new bathroom! It’s added so much value as we were thinking we would have to get a whole new bathroom. Canny are really lovely to deal with – it’s nice having good, polite and respectful tradespeople coming into your home. I look at the photos before, and think – how could I have lived with that?”

Shower Glass, Silicone, Tiles & Grout Cleaning in Lower Hutt

Problem: “We finished modernising our home 8 years ago. At the time we wanted a protective coating done on the 3 shower but we were at the end of our budget so didn’t get it done. We tried to keep the glass clean but over the years, with the hard water, nothing would work. We tried everything!”  – Marrice (Client)

Services Requested:

This case study is for a Wellington client that requested the following services:

Shower Glass Cleaning: Remove mineral build-up and hard water stains from shower glass and chrome surfaces in the bathroom. Shower Glass Protection: Apply a protective coating to shower glass. Tiles & Grout Cleaning: Deep clean and remove stains from tiles and grout in the bathroom to improve hygiene and their appearanceSilicone Replacement: Remove and replace the mouldy silicone in the bathrooms to improve their appearance.Grout Sealing & Protection: Apply colourseal to grout joints to improve their appearance

If you need a service like the ones outlined in this case study, simply contact us for free no-obligation quote.

THE FULL STORY“If you can’t see through the glass you think – well it’s dirty, even if it isn’t”

Marrice from Lower Hutt in Wellington owns a big, fully modernised, 1950’s style house with her husband and teenage children.

“We finished modernising our home 8 years ago. At the time we wanted the coating done on the 3 showers but we were at the end of our budget so didn’t get it done. We tried to keep the glass clean but over the years, with the hard water, nothing would work. We tried everything!”

The first thing you see in a bathroom is the shower glass, it’s the first impression. If you can’t see through the glass you think – well it’s dirty, even if it isn’t.

They tried everything to clean the glass – but professional help was needed!

Marrice’s husband searched around for someone who could clean shower glass & tiles and put a coating on them to help keep them clean. He found the Canny Surface Solutions website and inquired straight away. Canny got back in touch on the same day and they organised an appointment to take a look at what needed doing and to provide a no-obligation quote.

A plan of action was put in place:

Remove the mineral build-up and staining from the shower glass and chrome surfaces in all 3 bathrooms and apply a protective coating on the glass.A thorough deep clean all the white ceramic tiles and grout in all 3 bathrooms to remove staining and improve their appearance.Clean and restore the stone tiles on the shower floors and walls.Remove and replace the damaged grout in 1 of the bathrooms.

A very easy process! Pristine results!

“Canny were there for only 1 day. They did the shower first thing, so they were able to use it that night. The other 2 showers were allowed to dry overnight.”

“They look so nice I don’t want to use them! We are so glad we got it done! The glass looks so clean and makes everything else look so clean too. Now we have got it looking pristine we are going to look after it by squeegeeing it down and use the products Canny gave us” 

If you need a service like the ones outlined in this case study, simply contact us for free no-obligation quote.

Shower Glass, Silicone, Tiles & Grout Cleaning in Vogeltown, Wellington

Problem: ”We hired a cleaning company to clean the bathrooms. But they couldn’t remove all the stains. So we called Canny” – Natalia (Client)

Services Requested:

This case study is for a Wellington client that requested the following services:

Shower Glass Cleaning: Remove mineral build-up and hard water stains from shower glass and chrome surfaces in the bathrooms. Shower Glass Protection: Apply a protective coating to shower glass. Tiles & Grout Cleaning: Deep clean and remove stains from tiles and grout in the bathrooms to improve hygiene and appearance.Silicone Replacement: Remove and replace mouldy silicone in the bathrooms to improve appearance.Grout Sealing & Protection: Apply a colourseal to grout joints to improve appearance.Floor Tiles Cleaning: Deep clean floor tiles to remove dirt and stains.Floor Tile Protection: Apply penetrating sealer to improve floor tile appearance.Natural Stone Restoration: Remove stains from natural stone tiles and apply enhancing sealer.

If you need a service like the ones outlined in this case study, simply contact us for free no-obligation quote.

THE FULL STORYBathroom Renovation – Natural Stone Tiles & Shower Glass

Natalia Reed and her husband from Vogeltown, Wellington, own a lovely 1950’s, 2 story, brick and weatherboard home. Having previously been a rental, the whole house was in desperate need of a ‘step by step’ renovation to restore it to its former glory. The 3 bathrooms, guest toilet and natural stone floor and wall tiles in the bathrooms and downstairs hall – were the final step in their total renovation process.

‘We bought the house after it had been a rental. It had been a bit neglected and not really been cleaned properly. We decorated everything inside, repainted, pulled the carpets and got a cleaning company to clean the bathrooms and they did it as well as they could… but all those stains… like from the soap stayed there and were quite annoying”.

I needed an expert to get results

After failed attempts to clean the tiles & glass herself, even after hiring another professional cleaning company, Natalia felt she needed someone with real expertise in natural stone restoration and glass restoration to make them look new again. She searched on the internet and discovered Canny Surface Solutions.

“Dealing with Canny was easy. I sent a request on his website and they came back to me straight away and organised a time for an appointment. They were very thorough, made suggestions and gave us a quote”

“The specialist from Canny is very nice. He’s very patient and takes time to show and explain things. He’s got such a lovely personality, very respectful and lovely to deal with”

“The final prices were exactly what he quoted for“

Natalie had her dirty floor tiles deep cleaned in her whole house to remove staining and to improve their appearance. A penetrating sealer was applied to keep them that way. 

The mineral build-up and staining on the shower glass and chrome surfaces were removed and a protective coating applied to the glass. Mouldy silicone was removed and replaced in 1 of the bathrooms to improve its appearance.

The Results – “110% Satisfaction!”

“The thing that I was most impressed with was the glass and how that build-up came off, all clear – that was fantastic. Also, the product that Canny gave me to use is really taking such good care of it. When you have three children you can’t get them to wipe down the glass after each shower. But using the product Canny gave me every 3-4 weeks, it does really clean it up and it stays like new”

“The natural stone tiles, when he cleaned them, they looked perfect and looked like new. They were very nice tiles so I didn’t have to go to the expense of getting new ones”. Canny also gave me some product to look after them and I now understand how to maintain them”

Natalia said it didn’t take long to get the work done – only a day and a half. It was very convenient for her and hardly any disruption to her busy household.

If you need natural stone tiles clean and bathrooms revitalised to give your house a brand new lease of life, then check out our products or contact us today.

Shower Glass, Silicone, Tiles & Grout Cleaning in Wellington

Problem: “As well as the two bathrooms that needed cleaning, I’ve also got a big tiled area downstairs. I didn’t have the downstairs tiles sealed and they hold the dirt… they have been the bane of my life”   – Trish (Client)

Services Requested:

This case study is for a Wellington client that requested the following services:

Shower Glass Cleaning: Remove mineral build-up and hard water stains from shower glass and chrome surfaces in the bathroom. Shower Glass Protection: Apply a protective coating to shower glass. Tiles & Grout Cleaning: Deep clean and remove stains from tiles and grout in the bathrooms to improve hygiene and appearance.Silicone Replacement: Remove and replace mouldy silicone in the bathrooms to improve appearance.Grout Sealing & Protection: Apply colourseal to grout joints to improve appearance.

If you need a service like the ones outlined in this case study, simply contact us for a free no-obligation quote.

THE FULL STORYTrish from Wellington is getting her house ready to sell!

“We are thinking about selling the house as the kids have left home and it’s a bit big for us now.”

Her two bathrooms and house floor tiles needed a good clean and tidy up. Having all the back-breaking work taken care of early on means Trish has time to focus on other things.

“As well as the two bathrooms I’ve got a big tiled area downstairs. I didn’t have the downstairs tiles sealed, they look good but the trouble is, the tiles hold the dirt and have been the bane of my life”.

Time to call the cleaning experts for help

“I heard the Canny advertisement on the radio, I googled them and contacted them, and away we went. They came and gave us a quote and organised a time to come back and do the work”.

Canny quoted Trish for the following work 

Removing the mineral build-up and staining from the shower glass and chrome surfaces in her two bathrooms and applying a protective coating to the glass. Removing the mouldy silicone in both bathrooms and replacing the silicon to improve appearance.Deep cleaning the tiles and grout in the two bathrooms to remove staining and improve their appearance. A deep clean of all the floor tiles in the whole house to remove stains and improve their appearance.

Kitchen splashbacks too!

‘I’ve got a small coloured glass splashback in the kitchen that they rebuffed and re-siliconed it too. I’m really grateful they did that for me, it looks so nice!”

Trish was very pleased with the results – “They did a magnificent job!”

“Canny brought my two showers back to new again – like how they were before. They did a magnificent job! They also gave me cleaning materials and told me how to look after them. The floor tiles look like new too.”

Trish had a great experience with Canny

“The guys are really accommodating. I had only just returned home from having an operation and they were very considerate of my needs, and they even made a cup of tea for me! I really appreciate what they did for me”

“They are really good to deal with, a good Company, and I can highly recommend them!”

If you don’t want to live with damaged and moudly grout in your bathroom and want it to sparkle like new again check out our products or contact us today!

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