Grout Rx: the prescription for all your grout and tile needs

Historic Tub and Tile Bathroom Restoration

Regrouted historic bath

Cracked tiles can appear over time due to the stress of settling walls. Discolored grout can be caused by mildew, mold, mineral content in the water, soap scum, and dirt build-up. Mildew infested caulk can be found in many tile bathrooms, particularly where the walls meet with the tub. These areas are highly susceptible to separation, mildew, and mold damage. Damaged accessories like soap dished, towel bars, corner shelves, and tooth brush holders suffer from chips and breaking.

There are solutions for these problems. Cracked tiles can be replaced to improve the look and eliminate further damage caused by stress. In instances where the exact color of a tile installation cannot be matched, an accent color can be chosen to replace the cracked tiles and enhance the look of a bathroom.

Discolored grout can be removed from between tiles and replaced with new grout infused with mildew preventative treatment and sealant to stop water penetration.

Mildewed caulk can be removed and the subsurface treated to prevent further problems. New caulk, specially designed for high humidity areas, can be installed to prevent unsightly stains and odor caused by mildew and mold.

Accessories can be added and replaced to enhance the look and accessibility of your tile installations.

Historic Tub and Tile Restoration Detailed View

Detail of re-grouted historic bath with cracked ceramic soap holder fixture replaced

In this detailed picture we get a full appreciation of the numerous problems that can crop up over time: mildewed caulk where the tub meets the tile, grout discoloration, and a damaged soap dish.

The solution was to remove and treat mildew affected areas. Grout was added to fill in the space where the tile meets the tub and in corners of the wall. Mildew resistant caulk was then applied and sculpted to shed water away from the corners. Old grout in the other areas was removed, replaced, and sealed to prevent water from penetrating into the new grout. The damaged soap dish was replaced with one that matched the color of the border tile.

Shower Stall Mildew Treatment

Damage and mildew on shower tiles and grout

The dry wall around this shower tiles was infested with mildew. Mildew and mold had also penetrated the grout and caulk. In addition there was significant soap scum build up.

The mildew infested dry wall was sanded, triple primed, then painted with a high gloss paint. Grout was removed, replaced, and sealed. Ph-neutral cleaning agent was used to clean the surface of the tile.

Shower Floor Restoration

Dirty grout on mosaic shower floor

In this instance, a customer's shower stall floor, consisting of mosaic tile and sanded grout, suffered from severe mildew penetration, discoloration from mineral content in the water supply, and soap scum build up.

To restore this shower floor, mildew affected grout was removed with scoring tools, the area was treated to kill any remaining mildew, and the surface was replenished with new grout. An acid-based chemical treatment removed rust stains. A ph-neutral cleaning agent was used to clean the tile and grout, removing soap scum and dirt.

Bathroom Floor Regrout

Dirty grout on bathroom floor

Here there was dirty, unsanded grout between the floor tiles. There was a cracked seam where the tub joins the floor.

The solution was to remove and replace the old grout, which was then sealed. The seam was filled with grout and caulked to prevent water from penetrating the substrate.

Top of Page

Please e-mail suggestions about the site design to the webmaster.