Signs You Need New Grout

Signs You Need New Grout

At Grout Restoration Works, we know grout. It’s in our name! We know when grout is in good condition and when it is not. Because of this, we want you to know the difference too. Here are some signs to look out for the signal the need for new grout around your tile installations.


Probably the most obvious sign of damaged grout are cracks. Cracked grout is a clear indication of its deterioration. Small cracks can lead to larger ones over time and may allow moisture to penetrate beneath the tiles.


Grout can become discolored due to dirt, mold, mildew, or staining substances. If thorough cleaning doesn't restore its color, it may be time to replace it.

Loose or Missing Grout

If you notice loose or missing grout between tiles, it's a sign that the adhesive has weakened or deteriorated, leaving the tiles vulnerable to movement and moisture infiltration.

Powdery Residue

If your grout feels powdery to the touch or crumbles easily, it has likely deteriorated to the point of needing replacement.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can develop in grout lines, especially in areas with high moisture levels. If you can't remove the mold and it keeps returning, it may be a sign that the grout is compromised and needs replacement.

Water Damage

Water damage can cause grout to deteriorate rapidly. Look for signs of water stains on the grout or tiles, as well as soft or spongy grout that may indicate moisture infiltration.

Difficulty Cleaning

If your grout no longer responds to cleaning efforts and remains stained or dirty, it may be time to replace it.

Aesthetic Considerations

If the appearance of your grout no longer meets your aesthetic preferences or if you're renovating and want a fresh look, replacing grout can give your tiled surfaces a new lease on life.

When you observe these signs, it's advisable to address the grout issue promptly. When it is time to replace your grout, contact Grout Restoration Works to get the job done!

By Grout Restoration Works 9-12-2023

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