Shower Tile and Grout
What is the best way to eliminate mold and mildew in my shower grout?
Great question! If you have sealed your shower grout with a stone/grout sealer you need to make sure you use a neutral pH cleaner. Use of common cleaners found on the supermarket cleaning aisle will remove the sealer in a very short time. Most of these cleaners contain bleach which will generally remove mold and mildew growth from the grout but will also remove the sealer. If you have grout any other color than white, the bleach will also remove color pigments from your grout making your own new “custom color.” So how do you work around this issue? The answer is have your shower cleaned more regularly. We normally recommend our clients have their shower tile and grout professionally cleaned every 1-2 years. Daily beatings of soap scum, hard water, along with humidity present the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. Neutral pH cleaners will work well for a while after a good clean and seal because they are “safe” and will not damage the seal. They are also very mild and after a while will not be strong enough to clean your shower. This is the reasoning behind more frequent cleanings.