How do I know if I need a
the grout is discolored, worn away (thin lines) cracked, has mold or
mildew, or you can scratch the grout with your fingernail, chances
are you need a regrout.
How do I know if the tiles or wall behind the tiles
are in need of repair?
Answer: When we come out for the estimate, we can check the tiles and walls with a moisture indicator which can tell us where the problem areas are. The fact that we have been doing only this type of work for over 19 years, gives us quite a bit of experience in what to look for in these situations.
How long should a regrout last?
Answer: Years if you follow these instructions. a.) Never clean your grout with products that have bleach in them b.) Wipe down the walls after every shower (we recommend a synthetic chamois). Because we've been in business over 19 years, there have been times we've been back to past customers to do other work, and seen the 10, 12, 15 year old jobs we have done and they are still in good shape.
In doing repairs to the shower walls or tiles, do you
use new tiles?
Answer: No. We always prefer to use the existing tiles. This way when we're done with the repair it looks like it did when it was originally installed and it's much more cost effective.
Can I install a
plastic wall system over my existing tile walls?
Could I reglaze over
the tile and grout in my shower?
Could I caulk over the grout lines in my
Answer: NO NO NO!
Never cover or go over the grout lines -
Grout is there for a reason. When taking a shower the back side of tiles sweat, this is normal. Grout allows the moisture from the walls to escape; which allows the wall to dry. Grout is there to make the wall breathe and dry off before the next shower. If you cover it, or block the grout off from doing its job you’ll start to see mold or mildew forming on the grout. The wall behind the tiles will stay wet longer and possibly damage the walls to the point where you’ll have loose tiles or leaks.
I have mildew on some parts of my grout and caulk. How did it
get there and how can I get rid of it?
Answer: Tub and
showers are favorites for mold and mildew growth. These areas are
for the most part, damp, dark, and have poor air circulation. Just
the thing that mold and mildew need to grow. To eliminate the chance
of mold and mildew growth follow these simple directions:
- Wipe down the shower
walls every time you take a shower.
- Never use a cleaner
with bleach. It will make the grout more porous causing more
mildew growth. Furthermore, the mildew will be back in just a few weeks.
- If you have an
exhaust fan in the bathroom turn it on when showering.
- When cleaning the
shower we recommend Lysol Tub and Tile, Dow Scrubbing Bubbles, or
Kaboom bathroom cleaner.