Tiles are one of the top additions in homes and other buildings when one aims at sprucing up space. It adds a splash of style and requires very little maintenance. If there is anything that takes away the beauty and charm of tiles, it is dirty and poorly maintained grout.When tiles are installed, grout is used as it fills the space between the tiles. It gives a more finished look when the work is done and also acts as a water-resistant seal. However, it is porous and susceptible to picking up dirt and mildew over time. So, you must be thinking about what could be done to avoid this issue. There are a few options such as cleaning each grout line with a toothbrush or removing it completely and re-grouting which is time-consuming, and costly. Luckily,there are some other ways that can assist you with keeping the grout clean and the maintenance of perfect looking tiles.
Before You Start
Before giving the grout lines a hard rub, make sure that you start with the mildest cleaning solution. Many use diluted vinegar for the purpose but like bleach, vinegar is also acidic. Over time this will corrode the grout, along with tile finishes. However if you use warm water and a stiff bristle brush, it will do wonders. In homes where grout is deeply stained, it is recommended to use a grout cleaner sold commercially. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
How to clean grout
Using the mildest solution, a stiff-bristled brush, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap and if you have an old toothbrush, you can use that as well. For that extra scrubbing power, use an electric toothbrush. Make sure not to use a metal bristle brush as that can scratch the tiles and you could also lift the grout. Follow the below-mentioned steps to clean it in an effective and caring manner.
Preparing the area:
Start by removing the surface dirt and grime by spraying warm water and scrubbing it with asoft bristle brush. Rubbing the grout lines in a circular motion.
Blending a Cleaning Solution:
Make a cleaning paste by combining two parts of baking soda and one part of hydrogen peroxide and if there is grease on the grout, add in some dish washing detergent.
Applying The Solution:
Use an old toothbrush to apply the baking soda paste on to the grout lines and then spray some vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on the paste there after soak it, you could also use oxygen bleach as it is a chlorine free bleach. Once complete allow to stand for 15mins.
Scrub It Up:
Now, use a soft bristle brush and rub the grout lines gently to remove any dirt trapped in the pores.
Combine a few drops of dish washing detergent with warm water. Then using a sponge or a cloth wipe the area clean.
Dry & Seal:
Allow 24 hours for the grout to air-dry, once completely dry you can apply a silicone-based grout sealer.