The Best Way to Protect Grout from Discoloration

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Discolored grout is unsightly, gross, and potentially dangerous. As grout ages and experiences long-term exposure to water or contaminant, it will fade, change colors, or start growing blotches – let alone the threat of mold and mildew that’s ever looming over your bathroom.

While we’d always recommend a tile and grout specialist’s expertise to ensure a quality finish, there is a way homeowners can protect their grout: sealing it once per year. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1

Thoroughly clean and scrub the surface of the grout with a grout cleaner. Products are readily available from hardware and home improvement stores and quality will vary, so check their labelling carefully. Use a rigid toothbrush to apply the cleaning solution and scrub rigorously, then rinse. Higher-end products are used by grout restoration professionals, so if yours isn’t getting the job done, give us a call.

Step 2

Strip out any old sealant by using a grout stripper. Results vary by brand, but applying the stripper with a brush and letting it permeate the sealant. After leaving it for the time stated by the specific product, scrub it off and rinse the tile with water.

Step 3

After you’ve treated your existing grout, allow the tile and grout to dry overnight (or the time specified by the product’s labelling).

Step 4

Apply the grout sealer to the grout lines and avoid getting any on the tiles as much as possible. Use either the applicator nozzle or a foam brush – whichever is more comfortable for you. Apply the sealer generously but carefully.

Step 5

Wipe the sealed lines with a clean cloth after letting the sealer dry for 5-10 minutes. Check to see if the sealer comes off in the cloth – if it does, apply more sealer to the grout lines in question. Repeat until all grout line areas are sealed.

For professional tile repair and grout restoration services that won’t break the bank, contact Strictly Tile today by using the contact form or calling 425-750-6433.

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