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Old 12-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Thought I could get some advice on what might be wrong with my shower. Just noticed these marks in an old shower. I should say we bought the house a few months ago and of course settling in you start to see things more and more. They are very faint marks but any thoughts on what it could be? I have tried scrubbing them out to no avail, although vinegar did lighten them. I realize our shower needs to be re-grouted so I am thinking these marks could be water getting behind the tiles. They are very faint purpleish marks. The only problem with that theory is, they are on tiles here and there and even some vertical marks where the grout is fine. Thoughts?
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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Those tiles have a light weight bisque and can take on moisture. The moisture is probably getting behind the glaze of the tile. I wouldn't be using any cleaners that contain dyes. Use only clear cleaners and/or white scrubbers. No blue, no green, no red, no yellow. No Comet. No S.O.S.

Re-caulk and seal the caulk would help.

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Old 12-27-2011, 02:01 PM   #3
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Thank you. A few questions:

1. Should I be concerned about mold behind the tiles?
2. Do you think something like SoftScrub will actually remove the stains?
3. Is it better to remove the old grout and replace with caulk or if I'm only touching up 20% of the grout, should I just use close matching grout and seal that?
4. Sounds like you're recommending I re-glaze the tiles. Do you recommend any particular product?
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1. Should I be concerned about mold behind the tiles?
Probably not.

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2. Do you think something like SoftScrub will actually remove the stains?
Probably not.

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3. Is it better to remove the old grout and replace with caulk or if I'm only touching up 20% of the grout, should I just use close matching grout and seal that?
All corners (changes in plane) should be caulked.
Old grout should be removed before attempting to re-grout.

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4. Sounds like you're recommending I re-glaze the tiles. Do you recommend any particular product?
And how would you do that? Did I say that?
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Since someone used grout instead of caulking and with all the grout that's missing I'd be shocked if water was not behind those tiles.
Push on a few around the bottom and see if they move. If so the wall is toast.
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Since someone used grout instead of caulking and with all the grout that's missing I'd be shocked if water was not behind those tiles.
Push on a few around the bottom and see if they move. If so the wall is toast.
All of that is probably true but I'm thinkin' the OP doesn't want to hear all of that right now. Even though the walls may be "toast" they may not be "milk toast" just yet, so it could be repairable and its life may be extendable. The new me!
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None of the tiles move not even the tiniest bit. Hopefully we caught it and will fix it before it got worse.

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