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Old 08-24-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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Hi all. I have a standup shower stall from the late 1950s with a tile floor. The tiles are very small and easily get mildew buildup in all of the grout areas. The stall is about 3.5ft sq.

Is there anything I can coat the floor tiles to essentially make it one large smooth surface with no seams. Except for the drain in the middle?

I was curious to know if there was some type of epoxy product or other type of sealant or coating I could apply?

Redoing all of the floor tiles or all of the shower tiles is not an option now for financial reasons.

Also, if there are any such coatings I could apply, are there any drawbacks to using them? Are they easy to clean? How long do they last?

The tile I would be coating are ceramic tiles. I can try to post some picsif it would be helpful.

Thanks for any input!

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If the grout is constantly having mold issues, I would cut out the old grout and regrout. Consider an epoxy grout. They are very difficult to work with and you have a limited time to work. Once it sets, that is it, you are done, whether finished or not. But it will not have a mold issue. Even with standard grout, a weekly cleaning with a bleach type product should keep things clean.

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i'd remove the tile & resurface w/decorative polymer-modified conc that's a seamless floor,,, then, if i felt like it ( OR my bride, nagzilla, insisted ), i'd scribe grout lines in it.
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i'd remove the tile & resurface w/decorative polymer-modified conc that's a seamless floor,,, then, if i felt like it ( OR my bride, nagzilla, insisted ), i'd scribe grout lines in it.

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coincidentally to this thread, 1 of the eliteCreters is posting the same topic in that forum,,, the convention wisdom is either my suggest'd method OR scarify the glaze from tiles, coat w/epoxy, broadcast aggregate to rejection, & proceed w/o'lay,,, i prefer mine as its less expensive eliminating the cost of epoxy,,, its also easier to maintain the drain's required slope just my $.03
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll look onto all of those options.

@itsreallyconc: can you post a link to that other forum? I'd be curious to read what they are saying as well.

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A quick thing to try fisrt.......thoroughly clean the floor with Comet w/bleach, flush, let dry completely, than appy one of the silicone grout sealers. Cost about $10. Simple and quick, and if it works, your are done, at least for a while.
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A quick thing to try fisrt.......thoroughly clean the floor with Comet w/bleach, flush, let dry completely, than appy one of the silicone grout sealers. Cost about $10. Simple and quick, and if it works, your are done, at least for a while.

Thanks Bill. That sounds like a great suggestion.
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