How To Remove Mold From Grout

How to Remove Mould From the Grout

Because bathroom tiles are exposed to so much moisture on a daily basis, it is not uncommon for the grout lines between them to start developing mould and mildew. And, if the mould and mildew are allowed to propagate, then your bathroom will not only become a visual nightmare, but it can even be detrimental to your health, as well.

The good thing is, mould and mildew can be remediated using the right tools and processes. Here are some effective ways to get rid of the mould in your grout lines and to keep it out.   

Know Your Enemy: Fighting Mould and Mildew

Before you take up the fight against mould and mildew, it is important to understand what these things are and why they are so prevalent in the bathroom. Mould and mildew are live organisms that require food and water in order to thrive. In the bathroom, their food sources range from the dirt and oils from your own body, to the shampoo and soap you use to clean yourself. Water, of course, is in ready supply in the bathroom.

Now that you know this, you can take the fight to the mould and mildew by removing their food and water sources. After showering, take a plastic cup and pour clean water over the tiles to remove any soap residue. Then use a squeegee to wipe away any moisture from your tiles. Leave the exhaust fan on and the door open. This will help the bathroom dry out much quicker.

Getting Rid of Deep Rooted Mould

If your bathroom grout is already beset by mould, it will take some elbow grease to get rid of it, but it can be done. To get rid of the mould, saturate paper towels with chlorine bleach and stick the wet paper towels directly to the mouldy areas. Make sure the towels come into direct contact with the grout. Since the towels are wet, they will stick to the shower walls, but you will have to check them every now and then to re-saturate them with the bleach.

Depending on how deeply rooted the mould and mildew are, it could take several hours or even days for the bleach to do the job. If you want to take a “greener” approach, use oxygen bleach instead of chlorine bleach. Oxygen bleach will work just as well, it just takes a little longer.

Another (quicker) option is to use a tile mould removing product, like FilaActive by Fila®. FilaActive features a no-drip formula that stays in place once it is sprayed on the surface of the tile. It acts rapidly, allowing you to simply spray the tile, wait the recommended length of time, and then wipe it away quickly and easily. This type of product is very effective for cleaning deep set mould from grout lines.

Maintaining Mould-Free Grout Lines

Once you have your grout lines looking like new again, you will need to seal them to help prevent the mould and mildew from returning. Applying a sealant like Fila MP90, Fugaproof or Lithofin Stainstop will provide an effective barrier between the grout and any moisture that comes into contact with it, thus preventing dormant bacteria access to its primary food sources.

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European Heritage is your complete tile resource. We not only carry one of the UK’s largest inventories of tile, but we also have an extensive selection of cleaning and maintenance products that can help keep your tile and grout looking as good as it did on the day it was installed.

Let us help you maintain a mould-free bathroom. Just visit the one of our European Heritage showroom, or shop our website online, and get the cleaning and maintenance products, tools, and advice you need to keep your tile looking like new. 

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