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How To Maintain Your Bathroom Tiles During Winter

With winter continuing to set in, it might be time to prepare your bathroom for the changing temperatures and prevent any potential issues that this may cause. In particular, your bathroom tiles and grout can become prone to damage due to the cold, leading to costly repair bills in the future if not dealt with as soon as possible. Thankfully, there are a variety of bathroom solutions that you can implement to protect your wet areas and ensure a usable shower all year round.

How Cold Weather Affects Bathroom Tile Grout

As temperatures begin to drop, many parts of our home will be vulnerable to damage. While it is often overlooked, bathroom tile grout also requires some regular TLC to remain effective and unblemished. This is due to a few reasons including:

  1. Water Leaks

Regular tile grout, such as cement, is naturally porous and easily absorbs moisture. During colder weather, this moisture in the grout can freeze and expand, causing cracking or breaks along the grout line. This can potentially lead to further leakage and damage across the rest of your bathroom.

  1. Less Ventilation

In winter, it’s normal for many homeowners to keep their windows closed to minimise heat loss. This reduced ventilation in your bathroom can result in increased humidity levels, causing excess moisture build-up on tile surfaces and within the grout. This is the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew which can stain your tile grout and cause parts of it to chip away.

Tips For Maintaining Bathroom Tiles & Grout

Regular maintenance can help reduce the chances of grout damage and ensure that they continue to remain effective for longer. Here are some tips for cleaning and taking care of your bathroom tiles and grout:

  • Regular Cleaning: Tile grout should be cleaned regularly to avoid the accumulation of dirt and stains. Avoid using stronger solutions such as bleach as these can cause damage in the long term. Instead, we recommend scrubbing tiles at least once a week with household-grade cleaners such as Megaclean Green.
  • Ensure Ventilation After Use: While you may have the windows closed due to the cold weather, once you’re done with the shower, ensure that you open them slightly to help improve the airflow and prevent heat build-up. If you have an exhaust fan, keeping it on during and slightly after your shower can also assist with ventilation.
  • Sealing Tiles & Grout: Sealing your bathroom tiles can not only help with waterproofing but also prevent any moisture or dirt from entering the grout, making it easier to clean these surfaces.
  • Replace your grout with epoxy grout: One of the most effective ways to maintain your bathroom tiles is by installing epoxy grout. This solution has several advantages over traditional grout including being waterproof, having a high resistance to physical pressure and being stain resistant.

Megasealed Bathroom Solutions

Megasealed provides professional bathroom solutions across a wide range of services including tiling, grout replacement and rejuvenation. Prepare your wet areas for the cold weather and give them a new lease of life at a fraction of the cost of a full renovation. Thanks to our revolutionary epoxy solutions, you can have the peace of mind to enjoy your shower and bath for years to come. Get in touch with us today for a free quote from a member of our friendly team!

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