Grout is usually used to fill in the spaces between the tiles in bathroom and kitchens. In time, unsightly black mold may form, and a grout mold removal must be done.
The mold which is typically caused by bacteria poses a health risk to people and even to your pets. Frequent exposure to black mold may trigger respiratory problems to sensitive individuals.
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Grout Mold Removal
Mold often grows on tiles or in the grout between the tiles. The mold growing on tiles can be easily removed by wiping with a cloth or by scrubbing them, but those which grow in the grout are not easy to remove. Bleach may be used to kill mold in the grout and fade away the mold stains, but the grout may need a good scrubbing with a toothbrush or a brush.
You can scrub the mold away with mold-removing cleansers but you can’t stop them from coming back. For severe mold problems, it may be necessary to hire professionals.
If mold is growing in the grout and you cannot get rid of it, then the grout may need to be removed and replaced. There are professionals who can remove your grout for you and replace them with a new and mold-free grout.
Though, if you want to, you can do it yourself because removing the grout is not as hard as you think, as long as you have the right tools, and you are adept at using them
You are going to need the following hand and power tools to be able to do grout removal successfully:
1. A rotary tool, or oscillating tool
2. Utility knife with dull blade
3. Small flat-head screwdriver
4. Safety glasses
5. Vacuum cleaner
The following are the steps in grout removal:
You can start by holding the rotary tool horizontally or vertically for vertical seams. Turn on the power, and press the blade to the grout. You do not need to use a lot of force because the blade can easily cut through the grout. When you have removed as much of the grout as possible, it is time to angle the blade gently to remove more grout from the corners.
Next is to use the small flat-head screwdriver. Insert the flat head of the screwdriver into the seam and scrape out stubborn pieces of grout. If there are bits of grout that do not come out, use the dull-headed utility knife. You don’t need to use a sharp blade on tile grout because the sharp point of the utility knife might snap.
Use the vacuum cleaner liberally during the process of grout removal and to clean up your work site after you’re done. After you have re-grouted, you may want to take steps to protect your tiles and new grout from another mold infestation.
It is common for mold to be found in bathrooms because there is a lot of water and humidity in the bathroom. Regular bathroom cleaning, reducing the humidity, and drying wet surfaces in the bathroom help to inhibit mold growth. It can keep you from doing another grout mold removal for a long, long time.
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