A pristine, well-maintained shower can be a sanctuary of cleanliness and relaxation. However, over time, even the most meticulously cleaned showers can show signs of wear and tear, with grout lines being particularly vulnerable. Grout, the material used to fill the gaps between tiles, plays a critical role in keeping your shower walls and floor intact. At Incredible Kitchens and Baths, we’re shower experts, so today on the blog, we’ll explore the proper way to care for shower grout to ensure it remains clean, mold-free, and looking its best for years to come.
Clean Grout Regularly
To keep grout clean, wipe down your shower tiles with a squeegee or a clean, dry cloth after every use. This simple step can prevent soap scum buildup and water spots, which can lead to grout discoloration. Then, once a week, clean your shower grout with a mild, pH-balanced cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach or abrasive scrubbers, as these can damage the grout. Instead, opt for specialized grout cleaners or homemade solutions like a mixture of water and baking soda. Apply the cleaner to the grout lines, scrub gently with a soft brush, and rinse thoroughly.
Prevent Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are common grout enemies in moist environments like showers. To keep them at bay, ensure your bathroom is well-ventilated by using exhaust fans or opening windows. Adequate airflow helps reduce humidity and prevents mold growth. It’s also a good idea to apply a grout sealer after installation to provide a protective barrier against moisture and stains. Reapply the sealer every year to maintain its effectiveness.
Repair Grout as Needed
Finally, if you start to notice cracks or damage in your grout, make sure you address the problem right away to prevent further deterioration. You’ll need to remove the damaged grout with a grout saw or rotary tool and then regrout the area. Be sure to seal the repaired grout when you’re finished to prevent future damage.
Proper shower grout care is essential for maintaining the integrity and appearance of your shower. If your shower’s grout is beyond repair, it may be a good time to consider a bathroom renovation. Contact Incredible Kitchens and Baths today at (765) 437-1038 or complete our online form to arrange for an in-home consultation for your bathroom remodeling project.