Clean Your Grout with These Easy Ways
Tile is attractive, strong, and generally simple to clean, but what about grout? That is an entirely different story! Grout is subject to staining due to its porous composition and typical light color. While spills are to blame for stained grout in the kitchen, grime and dirt are the common culprits in a tiled entryway or mudroom. As a homeowner, you have to deal with grout that has mold and mildew damage in the bathroom. Fortunately, you can clean and restore your grout using everyday home products and, of course, some elbow grease.
Here are the top ways to clean your stained grout.
Use warm water and a grout scrubber
If you don’t already own a grout scrubber, you can find a variety of items in most hardware stores and home centers that are made specifically for cleaning tile grout. Instead of using a hard steel brush, choose a medium-bristle nylon one to avoid damaging the grout. Just mist warm water onto the grout lines, brush in a circular motion, and then allow it to air dry. Limit the amount of water you use and the amount of time it sits on the grout because porous grouts absorb water, leading to mildew.
Use baking soda paste and vinegar
Cleaning the grout using baking soda will boost the party’s power. Cover the grout lines with a baking soda paste made by adding water to it, and then spray with a solution made of equal parts of vinegar and water. When the foaming stops, scrub using a brush, rinse with water, and wipe them dry. However, do not use vinegar if the grout hasn’t been sealed; use only the baking soda solution and scrub gently.
Apply some hydrogen peroxide
You might need to use hydrogen peroxide to remove moderate stains. You can use the item alone or as a component of a homemade hydrogen peroxide and baking soda grout cleaning paste. Thankfully, the mixture is harmless for both sealed and unsealed grout.
Use chlorine bleach
Grout can occasionally be cleaned with chlorine bleach or commercial cleaners that contain chlorine bleach. Since caustic cleaners erode grout over time, it is not a good idea to use them regularly as your go-to grout cleaners. Just sparingly!
Utilize a specialized grout stain remover
Applying a commercial grout cleaner could quickly eliminate mold and mildew while restoring the bright white color of the grout. These goods either function in one of two ways: by using a brush to scrub or by spraying and wiping. Spray-on products advertise that they don’t require scrubbing. While they may save energy and time, they typically contain harsher solvents, acids, or chlorine bleach.
Although using a soft brush and cleaner to scrub requires some effort, this technique can be particularly useful for heavily soiled grout and floors. Read the ingredients in detail before using any of these products, and follow the directions, especially the safety warnings.
Look for grout renewal
There is one more option available to you short of replacing the entire grout when the aforementioned methods fail to remove the stains: grout renewal. Consider retail products that can give your grout an extra layer of color, safeguard it from future stains, and last for many years.
However, you will need experts to help you with this method. Professionals from JB Marble Restoration will help you renew your growth for enhanced looking tile. Contact us today to learn about our services.
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