The Grout in your Shower
Over time, you will see signs of wear and tear telling you your tiles need to be regrouted. But when will this time come? This article will answer the question, how often does the grout in your shower need to be replaced, so you know what to expect in terms of the work you need done.
When Should I Regrout the Tiles in My Shower?
Generally, the grout in your showers will need to be replaced every eight to sixteen years. With such a big window and with most people not knowing when the last grouting was performed, it can be hard to stay on track with this schedule. Fortunately, there are signs that will tell you that regrouting is necessary.
- Mold Growth: If mold is growing in your grout lines, it may be behind the tile as well. If this is the case, you may want to consider mold removal service on top of regrouting.
- Crumbling: Your grout will also need to be changed if it’s crumbling. You may notice that the surface no longer looks smooth. If this is the case, apply moderate pressure to the grout line with your fingernail. If it begins to crumble, a replacement is necessary.
Note that grout may start to become discolored after just a few years. While the staining may not be attractive, it’s not a sign that the grout in your shower is not good anymore. Rather than have it replaced, you can simply clean the grout. Cleaning grout isn’t easy, but it’s a lot more cost-effective than a complete replacement!
How to Protect Grout
As mentioned earlier, the 8–16-year grout lifespan leaves a considerable window. Here are some tips that will help your grout last the maximum amount of time.
- Run the exhaust fan when you shower. This will ventilate the bathroom minimizing the damage the heat and moisture can do to your grout.
- Wipe the shower tiles down with a towel after you shower. This is an even more effective way to keep heat and moisture from damaging grout.
- Use a shower cleaner to prevent mold and mildew growth. Avoid using acidic cleaners that can eat away at the grout.
- Apply a grout sealer. This is a water-resistant coating that will protect your grout from water. Most homeowners can apply sealant themselves. You can reseal every year or whenever you see signs of damage.
If you are noticing the grout in your shower wearing down, do not hesitate to reach out to Grout Experts. We will replace your grouting ensuing it stands up to the test of time. We offer terrific service and quality you can count on.
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