Is It Possible To Remove Mould From Grout Without Damaging It?

The bathroom and kitchen are one of the most common areas in your home where mould may grow and thrive quickly. This is because sealants and grout used on tiles are the perfect incubators for this fungus, and it can go unnoticed for a long time.

ICE Cleaning’s mould remediation services can provide complete elimination of mould and its spores. With a 24-month guarantee*, they will ensure the mould cannot come back and provide professional advice following the job.

Read on to learn more about how mould grows in the grout, and what you can do to prevent it.

*subject to advisories

What is mould?

Mould is a type of fungus that breaks down dead organic material over time. It can flourish in areas where there is poor ventilation and excess moisture, such as your kitchens and bathrooms.

It spreads by releasing mould spores and finding other materials to feed on such as fabrics, wallpaper, and wood. 

If left alone, you may be at risk of developing significant health issues. Elderly people, children, and those who are immunocompromised are particularly at risk of these problems. Over time, you could start showing symptoms like:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and skin
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Why does mould grow on grout?

Grout is a type of sealant often used in rooms like the kitchen or bathroom. It is commonly applied when assembling tile work, bonding them together, and used as reinforcement for baths and showers.

It is highly porous and absorbs plenty of moisture as you use facilities in these rooms, making it the perfect place for mould to grow. 

Mould can also seep behind the tiles and grout, eventually reaching the wall and beginning to eat away at its integrity, potentially leading to structural damage. This might lead to rotting foundations, attracting pests and insects. You could prevent mould growth in grout by:

  • Fitting an exhaust fan or opening windows 
  • Wipe down your shower and tiles often
  • Clean and dry the grout often
  • Hang up any towels or bathmats
  • Apply grout sealant

Can you remove mould from the grout?

Mould can be removed from grout, but you must not do this by yourself. When you scrub or wipe mould, spores can be released into the air, spread, and grow elsewhere. Inhaling these spores also puts your health at risk.

Some products that are used to remove mould may break the tiles and can be harmful to your skin, too. It can damage the grout itself, as well, which might need to be completely replaced. 

If you spot mould in your property, you should get in contact with ICE Cleaning who offer a mould remediation service. Its cleaners are available 24/7, 365 days a year and are accredited by Dewpoint Professional. They can arrive on-site within a matter of hours in an emergency. 

You can find out more about their variety of services here.