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Old 05-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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Clean or remove grout from sink?


I need to clean the grout around my sink. Its starting to decay, so should I just cut out the grout and replace it? If I replace it, it will more likely not match that well to the existing grout surrounding it.

I can clean it with Bleach or Peroxide and it might turn back to white. I can then use a sealer which might help.

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#1 there never should have been grout at the sink to tile joint. It should have been caulking instead.
You can buy caulking to match just about any caulking instead.
Caulking is used any time tile makes a change of direction or meets a differant surface.

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#1 there never should have been grout at the sink to tile joint. It should have been caulking instead.
You can buy caulking to match just about any caulking instead.
Caulking is used any time tile makes a change of direction or meets a differant surface.
I thought it was kind of strange having grout at the sink. Maybe they were suppose to put caulk after the grout was completed, but forgot.

Do I have to remove the grout first, and than caulk the sink? Or can I clean the grout with bleach, let it dry, and than put caulk around the sink. I believe I could use the same caulk I use for the bathtub.
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That grout is badly fractured so I would bite the bullet and carve it out or it will cause you problems. You should not regrout or caulk over it.

I disagree that it necessarily should have been caulked and not grouted. Looks like that install goes back aways and before their may have been the caulking materials we have now. It was porcelain to porcelain and looks like it has held up remarkably well.

I would caulk it now though but make sure you let it the crevice dry out first. I don't like pure silicone caulks but others will suggest them. I will leave that to you. You certainly want one with some silicone in it and formulated for kitchens and bath with some milidicides in it.

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That grout is badly fractured so I would bite the bullet and carve it out or it will cause you problems. You should not regrout or caulk over it.

I disagree that it necessarily should have been caulked and not grouted. Looks like that install goes back aways and before their may have been the caulking materials we have now. It was porcelain to porcelain and looks like it has held up remarkably well.

I would caulk it now though but make sure you let it the crevice dry out first. I don't like pure silicone caulks but others will suggest them. I will leave that to you. You certainly want one with some silicone in it and formulated for kitchens and bath with some milidicides in it.
If I cleaned the grout with bleach and let it dry, and than used caulk wouldn't that solve the problem? I am not sure why I would need to remove the grout first.
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