March 17

Orange/Yellow Stains On Grout And Tile: What It Is And What To Do About It

tile and grout cleaning newport beachThe grout around tiles is a porous material, making it vulnerable to grime, dirt, mold, and minerals from hard water. Over time, the grout in your bathroom may start to take on an orange or yellowish color that is not only unpleasing aesthetically but also makes it feel dirty and unclean.

Tile And Grout Cleaning Newport Beach

As experts in tile and grout cleaning here in Newport, The Most Thorough has found the most common causes for discoloration of grout and what you can do about it. Let’s go through each in detail to help you better determine why your grout and tile may look discolored.

  1. Hard water is the most likely cause of orange or yellow stains on shower tub tiles and grout. The high concentration of minerals, namely magnesium, calcium, and iron, that is present in the water is what deems it as ‘hard water.’ These minerals can cling to the grout, where the build-up will begin to manifest itself in various shades of yellow or orange. One way to help reduce the number of minerals in your water, which will also help to reduce the amount building up on your grout and tiles, is to invest in a water softener. Water softeners filter out the excess minerals in the water coming into your home and can make a huge difference in your showers, sinks, and tubs.
  2. Mold and bacteria growth can be another culprit of orange or yellow-colored tile and grout. Mold and bacteria thrive in moist, humid environments, making the bathroom an ideal place to harbor mold growth. Since grout is so porous, it is an ideal surface for mold and bacteria to cling to and thrive on. Since there is steam and humidity build up in the bathroom daily, it is no surprise that mold will eventually appear on your tiles and grout. One way to help reduce the risk of mold and microbial growth from discoloring your tile and grout is to make sure you have adequate ventilation in your bathroom, especially when hot water is running and creating steam.
  3. Not keeping up with regular bathroom cleaning is another common cause of differing hues appearing on your grout and tiles in your bathroom. Yellow and orange stains can be avoided by cleaning your tile and grout frequently and effectively. That being said, specific cleaning solutions can also be responsible for turning your grout yellow or orange. It is crucial to be aware that not all bathroom cleansers are suitable for cleaning the grout. Some of them can contain substances that actually do more harm than good. Finding bathroom cleansers designed specifically for tile and grout cleaning is the best route to go to prevent discoloration from infrequent cleaning.

Now that we have a better understanding of why your tile and grout may be changing in color, it is time to learn how to fix the problem. If the discoloration has been present for an extended amount of time, it may be extremely challenging to remove. However, utilizing the tile and grout cleaning services offered by The Most Thorough will be sure to leave your grout and tile free from any yellow or orange stains and build-up. For more information or to schedule your tile and grout cleaning, call our team today.


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