Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That’s a different story. Because of its typically light colouring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining. In a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are the usual culprits, while in the kitchen, spills are more likely to blame. In the bathroom, homeowners must contend with mould and mildew.Floor Tiles Johannesburg
Fortunately, it’s possible to clean and restore your grout using common household products and a bit of elbow grease.
Before you begin, remember that with any cleaning project, it’s always best to start off with the mildest cleaning solution. When in doubt about a grout cleaner, test it in a hidden spot—under an appliance in the kitchen, say, or behind the toilet in the bathroom.
How to Clean Grout
The following suggestions for cleaning grout are listed from the mildest to the strongest.
- Scrub dirty grout using plain warm water and a stiff-bristled brush – If you don’t already have a brush for the job, most home centres and hardware stores carry an assortment of options specifically designed for the purpose of cleaning grout. Simply spray warm water on the grout lines and scrub in a circular motion, then let dry.
- Spray with equal parts vinegar and warm water for several minutes – For heavier dirt and mild stains, turn to vinegar, a trusty old standby for many household chores. Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray on the grout, let it stand for five minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.
- Apply a baking soda paste and spray with vinegar – To bring even more cleaning power to the party, cover grout lines with a paste of baking soda and water, then spray on the vinegar solution listed above. Once the mixture stops foaming, scrub with a brush and rinse with plain water.
- Pour on some hydrogen peroxide – Moderate stains may require you to use hydrogen peroxide, which is available in most drug stores. You can use the product straight, or apply a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
- Use chlorine bleach sparingly on grout – Chlorine bleach (and commercial cleansers containing chlorine bleach) can be used sparingly in extreme cases to clean grout.
- Steam clean the worst of grout stains – Steam cleaners can be an effective and environmentally-friendly method of cleaning grout—or, for that matter, many hard surfaces throughout the house. Bissell, Oreck, and Hoover all make steam cleaners for residential use.
To keep your grout clean and stain-free, it’s a good idea to spray it with vinegar and wipe it down once a week. You can also wipe grout with alcohol to keep mould and mildew at bay. In any case, just a few spritzes and wipes a week can save you a lot of time and effort cleaning, preserving the attractive appearance of your home in the process.
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