Grout Cleaning Advice
The top layer of grout is porous and, as a result, they easily absorb grease, dirt and lime scale. Spillages such as wine, lemonades or greasy substances will cause marks and patches in the joints in the floor. Grout between wall-tiles, particularly in damp areas like bathrooms, will become dirty and unattractive as a result of Mould, Mildew and Limescale.
Mould is one of the most unsightly problems, which usually starts off in the wettest area of the room, this could be the bottom of the shower or bath, then starts to spread and if left unchecked could cover a large area of the wall. Fortunately Tile Doctor have a product called Mould-Away spray that can deal with this.
Grout Haze where a thin layer of grout has been left to set on the surface of the tile is a common issue that can be removed using Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up or Acid Gel.
Discolouration of grout joints in bath or shower areas due to continued use of acid formulated shampoos and soaps. This causes yellow orange and pink stains to the grout over even a short period of time. Whilst Grout Joints can be cleaned, badly stained grouts may need to be re-coloured.
Protecting your grout in advance with a sealer will prevent most of these issues and although relatively unknown in the UK, protection awareness is growing. Sealing forms an invisible barrier between the grout and the surface, this will then protect your investment for years to come.
Further Reading: For many more examples and photographs of of Grout maintenance activities carried out by UK Tile Doctors please visit www.groutprotection.co.uk
Recommend Products for Maintaining Grout
When using our products please take time to familiarise yourself with the directions on the back of the bottle first.
Grout Colourant Kit includes Pre-Treater and Grout Colourant.
Use before Grout Colourant to prepare the grout joint for a superior bond. Available in 500ml bottle at £10.00 each.
PH1 blend of Phosphoric and Hydrochloric acids in a gel form for the treatment of grout haze (grout smears) and efflorescence on wall and floor tiles. The gel is especially effective on vertical or sloped surface where where more dwell time is required.
Fast effective double action grout cleaner and mould remover. Cleans up grout and can remove mould and blackspot from grout and silicone and is suitable for use on plastic and enamel baths and showers
Grout Clean-Up contains concentrated phosphoric acid and cleaner designed to penetrate below the surface to remove light grout smears (grout haze), mineral deposits, rust stains and efflorescence.
Easy-to use waterborne epoxy that recolours, seals and rejuvenates existing grout joints. Recommended for use on sanded, unsanded and epoxy grout joints.
A concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. Best for Heavily Soiled & Neglected Tile, Stone or Grout.
Tile Doctor Stone Soap is an after care cleaner for natural stone tiles (Honed or Polished) where a build up of patina is required thus protecting the existing sealer.
Easy to use water based non toxic grout colouring pen, ideal for quickly touching up and restoring wall grout.
Wall Tile & Grout Sealer Aerosol Spray. Quick and efficient effective sealer, fully waterproof, easy to apply quick drying spray-on sealer for wall tile and grout. Adds long lasting protection against water, dirt, grease, mould and limescale.
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