High And Dry: Keep Mold And Mildew-Causing Moisture Away From Your Shower Tile Grout

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It's easy to have a love-hate relationship with tiled showers. They can be works of art in their own right, but mold and mildew-stained grout between the tiles causes angst among homeowners. Moisture provides a breeding ground for mold and mildew; if you can keep the moisture out, then your shower will sparkle. Here is what you should do to eliminate moisture from your tiled shower:

Wipe it

As with most things in life, the easiest way to clean up a mess is to avoid making it in the first place. Shower tile grout is no exception. Grout is primarily made from Portland cement, a time-tested material that has joined tiles for decades. Unfortunately, Portland cement grout looks like the surface of the moon when magnified. It is full of craters, pits, and canyons that provide a perfect habitat for mold and mildew. In addition, it is a porous substance that traps water, and microorganisms then have all they need to begin taking hold.

Therefore, one of the best things you can do for your shower is to dry it completely after use. It may take a few minutes of your time, but you will reap great benefits by doing so. Just keep an old, ragged towel in close proximity to the shower, and use it to wipe away the water. Wiping doesn't eliminate penetrating moisture, though, so continue reading to learn how to prevent deep, abiding moisture from rearing its ugly head.

Seal it

Grout sealers provide a waterproof barrier for your shower tile grout. Sealers fill-in the microscopic holes that permeate your grout so that water cannot be absorbed. Sealers are mostly applied by brushes and rollers, and some products are sprayed from a bottle. These sealers have varying lifespans; some products are touted as long-lasting, but you probably should still expect to apply a new coat of sealer once every year or two.

Grout sealer is important for maintaining pristine grout, but it can be tedious to apply. It should never be applied to unglazed tiles because it will be absorbed and permanently discolor the tile surface. Glazed tiles are much more resistant, but you will need to wipe any excess sealer from the tile surfaces before it dries. Before applying any type of sealer, you should allow your shower to dry for several days, if possible; moisture can find its way deep into the pores of grout and even into the back side of glazed tiles. Applying sealer to damp grout will only seal in the moisture.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact All American Stone & Tile Care Inc. or a similar company.

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