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How to Get Rid of Damaged Shower Grout
Mold and mildew are a common sight in most showers everywhere. While they not only make the shower unappealing, but also make the place stink. To further add to the menace, if you leave the mold and mildew untreated, they stubbornly stick to the grout and permanently damage the floor and walls. Repairing the grout is not an easy task owing to its positioning. Often before repairing the grout with tile grout cleaners, you will have to inspect the root cause for the damage to attain perfect results.
Causes of Shower Grout Damage
Particularly, the reason for the cracked grout is weak grout structure. This happens when there is excessive water or polymer additive in the grout mix which thereby, renders the grout inefficient. This happens with the inevitable evaporation of liquids in the grout, but excessive evaporation of the liquid can cause the birth of pinholes in the grout. This is the beginning of the weakening and the cracking of the grout.
During the installation of tiles, if the glue applied over the mortar (thinset) is inadequate, then it can lead to cracking of grout. As the thinset dries, it bonds, contracts and adheres to the mortar. Nonetheless, if the thinset is insufficient, then it will detach from the tile, leaving air gaps under the surface. You can check the air gaps by stamping hard on the tiles, which results in a cracking sound induced by the broken mortar. This is a signal that your grout is cracking and the tiles will also crack anytime.
Another recipe for cracking grout is the wrong timing of cement hydration during the curing process. If the cement hydration has already begun and you add water to it then it will make the grout weak and crumble into pieces.
Most homeowners use poor quality cleaners, which compels the grout to pop out. As if the damage to the grout wasn’t sufficient, the stains also do not leave the grout. This leads to a poor look of the tiles and also induces pungent smell and growth of fungus.
Remedies to Prevent Grout Damage
Getting rid of mold and mildew is a tough task. It is exceptionally inconvenient to keep the grout away from staining and popping out with the help of ordinary shower restoration products available on the market. We understand the effort and time required in keeping showers clean and tidy. Therefore, we have few revolutionary and best cleaners and sealers for you which will keep your shower cleaning hassles at bay.
Imperia: A Dynamic Penetrating Cleaner-
Mold and the fungus breeding between the tiles gradually seep into the roots of the grout. This is because grout is porous which allows the fungus to propagate extensively. Ordinary cleaners either fail to remove the deep set mold or superficially remove the stains, which fail to serve the purpose of the cleaner and damage the tile and grout permanently.
Imperia on the other hand is powerful and deeply penetrates, targeting the stains at the root of the grout. It spreads evenly across the tile, thereby cleaning and sanitizing the surface without inviting any damage. Imperia efficiently lifts the already existing grout sealers on the floor without calling havoc.
Sentura: A Caulk Substitute-
A path breaking product which will interminably keep caulking curse away. Sentura is the best selling caulk replacement product on the market. Ordinary shower caulk meets with disaster in a short period by peeling and wearing off the corners. Caulk has a tendency to soften and re-emulsify causing its bonding power to go for a complete toss in humid environment, making way for mold to grow in the corners of the shower.
However, Sentura- a two part pigmented flexible solvent based epoxy/resin, formulated with a 1200psi adhesion, fills the corners brilliantly. It stays in the joints, fitting beautifully in its sleek lines and does not wash off with water. You can also pigment Sentura before using it as it is available in over 40 amazing colors.
3. Celine: Stone Sealer with UV Protectant with Fast Drying Resins-
Ever heard about a clear sealer, which is shower approved with hydrophobic technology? If that was not enough, it is powered packed with the capability of balancing superb durability in a single application. Ranging from sealing a slate, honing marble, travertine, limestone or flagstone, Celine gets the tasks done without a hitch. It is a UV protect-ant built with fast drying resins. The product delivers an intense hydrophobic experience with the goodness of waterproofing. Celine cuts down on the efflorescence while preventing mildew, mold and stains in showers and patios. It lasts in the worst of environments and targets efficient long-lasting sealing.
To begin with, clean the grout and stone properly with Imperia and proceed to color sealing the grout with Caponi. Now, seal the entire stone with Celine for the best results. Conventionally, sealers enhancing the look of the stone have heavily relied on water and oil based penetrating elements. These elements fail to prevent etching, mold or chemical resistance. But, Celine has been engineered in a way that it features topical protection with an impressive deep penetrating power. It will also enhance the colors of dark porous stones.
Keeping showers clean and smelling good is indeed a task. But, if you use Imperia, Caponi and Celine in the correct order, you can definitely finish the task of cleaning up the shower zone with perfection and finesse.