About 6 months ago we had new bathroom tiles installed. What was once nice
white grout near the bowl is now stained almost black because of our young
son's poor aim. The smell approaces unbearable.
Could someone offer advice short of regrouting (and target practice)?
They didn't seal the grout properly, huh? Try bleach to get the stain out,
and some of the smell. Did they tile under the toilet, or just up to it?
Under is the proper way, but low bidders sometimes trap the toilet in the
tile. If the smell is real bad, I suspect some has gotten under the toilet
and is rotting wood or whatever. The toilet always moves a little, and that
seal is never perfect. And even if they tiled under the toilet, another
possible smell source would be if they didn't get a good seal at the ring
(common if floor height changes and they rely on the wax to make up the
difference), and stuff is building up under the toilet, or sewer gas is
coming up the other direction, since that is a closer exit than the stack
vent on the roof. Try the bleach and maybe some of that pet odor killer
stuff first, since that is cheap. If the odor seems unkillable, pulling up
toilet is next step. Don't forget to check and dose stuff near the toilet,
too. If you have a nearby vanity, that chipboard stuff loves to soak up
liquids, and if pee ran UNDER the vanity, well....
My mother always said little boys should be kept outside till they are
I have tile floors and an ancient dog. She tries but at 13 years old
sometimes she does not make the doggie door.
I bought and inexpensive steamer at Target. $45 bucks or so. Takes every
thing off the tile, the grout and no chemicals. Takes a bit of time, puts a
bit of humidity in the house. No biggie this time of year, works great on
shower doors, and sinks.
This reminds me of a game of sorts that is/was at places like Spencer's
in the mall. It was called Potty Potshots and came with a whole stack of
paper cutouts of battleships and such that you'd float in the toilet and
then try to sink. I think you even got points for the different cuisers
and battleships and such. The most amusing thing was they even gave you
a wrap-on sight for your "gun."
But someone always messes up the improvement process. ;-)
Many decades ago I had an EE Professor who liked to put a metal fly in a
urinal connected with a very small wire to a charged polystyrene
capacitor which then connected through the plumbing to the damp floor.
He proudly proclaimed that he's has proven that no one could resist
hitting the fly. Many days I can recall sitting in his lecture hall and
hearing a shriek come from down the hall. He'd pause, put another tick
mark on the board and continue the lecture.
Back then it was regarded as a "trick." Today he'd probably be on CNN
and then in jail. Times change.
John Hines wrote:
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