Clean Grout in 6 Simple Easy Steps
The look of your floor tile, shower surround, kitchen counters, and backsplash can all be affected by the grout. While all other grout does the same, white grout is more likely to collect dirt, mold, mildew, and bacteria; It's just harder to see with the naked eye.
Don't worry if you've been putting off cleaning your grout; in this article, you'll learn how to do it with a little bit of elbow grease and probably some household supplies you already have.
Important remark: Avoid using acidic cleaners like vinegar or chlorine bleach because they will erode your grout over time and cause damage to it.
Materials You'll Need:
Sponge, Cleaning cloth, Baking soda, Hydrogen peroxide, Liquid dish soap, Metal spoon, Glass bowl, Empty spray bottle, Hot water, Tooth brush or stiff bristle brush.
Step 1: Prep the Tile
Before you begin the cleaning process, you will need to clean the tile and grout surface of any surface grime and dirt. Scrub vigorously in circular motions with a toothbrush or stiff bristle brush after spraying hot water along the grout line. During this step, try to remove as much dirt as you can.
Step 2: Mix the Paste Solution
In a glass bowl, combine one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts baking soda with a metal spoon to make your own homemade grout cleaner. Pour a few drops of dish soap into the tile in the kitchen to remove any grease buildup.
Step 3: Apply Glue
Gather up a spoonful of the grout glue and liberally apply to the grout lines to guarantee they are covered.
Step 4: Allow Paste to Set
Allow the cleaner to fully penetrate the grout's pores by letting the paste sit for 10 to 15 minutes for the best results and gleaming grout.
Step 5: Scrub
After the cleaner has worked its magic, take your brush and scrub the grout lines to get rid of any dirt that has clung to the pores.
Step 6: Rinse the Tile
After removing all of the dirt, use a sponge or cloth to mix a few drops of dish soap with hot water and remove the grout cleaner. Last but not least, fill your spray bottle with hot water, spray off the residue, and then clean a cloth.
Grout Stains That Are Hard to Get Rid Of In some places, like the kitchen, the daily traffic, spills, and grease buildup can wreck havoc on your grout. Using an oxygen bleach in the form of a powder, such as OxiClean, to clean your grout can often do wonders if the mild solution above doesn't work as well as you expected. However, you should not combine the bleach with the homemade paste from the previous recipe; The outcomes will be acidic and toxic.
Make sure the area you're cleaning is well-ventilated and that you follow the product's label directions. For up to fifteen minutes, apply the oxygen bleach to the grout. Rinse as you did with the homemade cleaner and scrub.
Do you already have a steam cleaner?
The ideal tool for both deep cleaning and routine maintenance of your floor tiles is this handy appliance. It quickly lifts the grime and dirt from the grout and makes it loosen.
Filling in the grout pores with a sealant will keep your grout clean and gleaming after it has been cleaned. However, before sealing, ensure that the grout has had at least a day to dry out before applying a sealant to it.
That's everything! Simple, right? Have fun cleaning!