Grout, the mortar-like compound that holds together ceramic floor and wall tiles and keeps water from seeping through the cracks, is prone to developing black mold and mildew coverage. There are several approaches to consider for removing unsightly, potentially health-threatening grout growths.
Clean between the tiles with a water and hydrogen peroxide mixture. Combine 1 cup water and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and apply to affected areas. Do not rinse. Apply it regularly to prevent mold and mildew growth.
If too much mold and mildew growth has developed between tiles, try scrubbing the water and hydrogen peroxide solution into grout with a toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will help with extra-dirty jobs.
Should your grout not respond well to cleaning, consider removing and replacing it. Most hardware stores carry grout-removal kits equipped with small, easy-to-use tools. Lay down new grout and let it set for approximately three minutes. Use a rubber float to force it deep into tile joints and apply sealant.
If grout problems persist between household tiles, call in the experts. Some tiles may need to be removed or adjoining walls cut through.
Tips & Warnings
- Installing and regularly running an exhaust fans in tiled, grout problem-prone areas can help remove mold and mildew-friendly moisture from the air.
- When using harsh chemicals to clean grout, keep your nose and mouth covered at all times. Do not combine these products, as harmful gases may result.
- If cleaned with bleach or vinegar, grout will likely become tinted yellow.
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