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Mold and Mildew....Do you mean "grout" instead of "sealer"?

Posted by Kathy on September 4th, 2000 08:00 AM
In reply to Mold and Mildew by Lucienne on September 2nd, 2000 05:07 PM [Go to top of thread]

I'm a bit confused as to why you're getting mold and mildew on a heavy coat of 'sealer', since sealer is a mold/mildew preventative. No offense intended, but is it possible you're confusing sealer with grout? (The grout between tiles does need to be smoothed, and will appear rough and uneven if they didn't smooth it after application. Sealer is a liquid, there should be no 'roughness' to smooth out.)

If that's the case, and you're referring to grout rather than sealer, what you need is to remove all that mold and mildew, then put a couple coats of a good sealer on the grout lines (very easy). That should help tremendously. We just remodeled our bath and I used some products by TILE Lab, got it at Home Depot. They make a strong cleaner, "TILE Lab Concentrated Heavy-Duty Cleaner". It's for removing deep set dirt, mold and mildew from grout joints without harming grout, tile or stone surfaces. Start with that, then apply their sealer over the grout as a preventative measure. Sealer will make the grout water repellent and hinder mold/mildew growth. "SurfaceGard Sealer" is their best sealer, but only meant for grout, unglazed or unpolished tile or stone. If you have ceramic or porcelain glazed tile, wipe any sealer off that gets on the tile. An inexpensive artist's paint brush is ideal for applying sealer, keeps it in grout lines without getting all over tile. (Our tile manufacturer said avoid getting sealer on ceramic tile, it creates a 'maintenance nightmare', due to sealer peeling over time, etc. Hope this helps?-Kathy

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