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How to Clean Grout

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How to Clean Grout

When tile is placed, it needs to be held in place with grout. Grout is essentially the areas in between the tiles, often at a slightly lower level than the tiles themselves. Grout is very porous, so it’s easy for dirt, debris, and mildew to gather or form. It can be a pain to clean your tiles only for the leftover solution to gather in the grout, and nobody wants to go over everything again. But that’s the nature of owning tiles! So here’s what you need to know about cleaning grout.

Do I need to clean grout?

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When your grout becomes discolored, it’s time to clean it. Photo by charlesdeluvio on Unsplash.

Yes, you need to clean you’re the grout between your tiled floors. It isn’t good to let bacteria build up, of course. Although tiles are relatively simple to clean, grout is moderately more difficult. You’ll know it’s time to clean the grout when it becomes discolored or when there’s an obvious buildup of grime in between the tiles.

Cleaning your grout extends the life of it, too. It’s in your best interest to maintain the health of the grout by keeping it clean!

How do I clean grout?

You don’t actually need a lot to clean grout. You can mix a homemade solution of warm water and dish washing detergent, which is mild enough to not damage the grout but strong enough to sufficiently clean it. If you choose to use a vinegar solution, dilute the vinegar – it can potentially damage the grout because of how strong it is.

You can use baking soda and vinegar for tougher grime. As a last resort, bleach is an option. Again, greatly dilute the bleach – a capful in a large bucket of water s enough to be effective. It isn’t recommended to use bleach repeatedly on the grout, though, because it can severely damage it over time.

No matter which solution you mix, you’ll have to use some elbow grease to really clear the debris or clean any stains. A good option is to save an old toothbrush and meticulously clean the grout. You can also get a hard-bristle brush that will help with tougher stains or built-up grime. Scrub with the brush until you’re satisfied with the result.

Should I seal my grout?

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Grout can be sealed with a different color if you want to change up the look. Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash.

Sealing grout is a good idea because it greatly reduces the need to clean the grout. You can choose a membrane-forming sealer or a penetrating sealer if you want to carry out the process by yourself. However, we recommend letting professionals handle the work – it’s crucial that it’s done correctly or the grout may be irreparably damaged, which would require you a grout repair.

One of the perks of sealing your grout is that you can change the color of it. If you’ve wanted an aesthetic change in your bathroom or kitchen, it’s a good opportunity to go through with it!

Tile and Marble Cleaning at JC Marble Restoration

JC Marble Restoration is the best source of marble, tile, and stone cleaning and restoration in Los Angeles. We’re experts in the field, and we’ll gladly help maintain the integrity of your home’s floors, walls, countertops, and more. Contact us today if you have any questions about our services.

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