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The Effects of Mold on Grout

The Effects of Mold on Grout

Can mold appear on grout? Yes, it can. There are a few conditions that mold thrives in. Conditions where there is little to no air circulation and places where it is damp and warm. If you have grout that is installed in areas with conditions like that, mold can take hold there. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are a few common areas where we see moldy grout in homes.

Issues Mold Can Present

One of the main complaints when it comes to moldy grout is that it just looks bad. It can make a room look dirty and it will draw attention away from your beautiful tile installation. Mold is also difficult to eradicate with typical household cleaners. So, you may also become frustrated when your scrubbing efforts are met with little results.

Another complaint against mold is that it can have a negative effect on the health of you and your family. Mold produces spores that you can inhale. Depending on the type of mold that is growing, its presence can cause a whole suite of issues such as respiratory issues and mental fog. Black mold is an especially dangerous type of mold that you should be on the lookout for.

One final concern revolving moldy grout is the fact that it can compromise the integrity of your grout and tile. Areas of grout where mold is present typically chip and fall away first. This leaves the wall behind your tile vulnerable to damage.

Ways to Deter Mold Growth

Knowing what conditions mold thrives in makes it easier to know how to combat it in the first place. One way that you can prevent mold growth is to improve ventilation in damp areas. You can upgrade or install a ceiling vent or fan as well as leave doors open after the bathroom or laundry room is used.

Another way that you can stave off mold is to make sure that your grout is properly sealed. Or better yet, you can replace old grout with epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is nonporous, waterproof, and easy to wipe clean, which makes it great for damp areas of the home.

If you have moldy grout, Grout Restoration Works can help you. Whether it be through effective and environmentally friendly deep cleaning or by repairing or replacing your existing grout. We would love to assist you.

By Grout Restoration Works 11-3-2021

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