Grout Cleaning

Clean tile grout effectively

Tile is an excellent choice as a floor covering, as it is durable, inexpensive and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. While tile itself is almost maintenance-free, the grout between the tiles is porous and can absorb dirt and spills. Tile grout on kitchen and bathroom counters and in showers and bathtubs can also become problematic. Luckily, there are numerous methods for cleaning grout that can restore your tiles' lustrous appearance.

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Cleaning Grout Made Easy

When cleaning tile grout, it's always best to start with the mildest cleaner and work your way up to stronger cleaners with more harsh ingredients only if you really need them. Start your grout cleaning with plain water; this will remove loose surface debris. A simple cleaner that works well on many grout stains is equal parts vinegar and water. Spray or dab the solution onto a small portion of grout at a time, then scrub the grout with a stiff brush. Don't use a metal scrub brush, as the metal bristles can damage your tiles.

Try scrubbing in small circles instead of back and forth, as it will help you to clean the grout more easily. Rinse the grout well with plain water and mop up the remaining moisture using paper towels or a sponge.

As with oven cleaning, baking soda is another effective but gentle technique for stained grout. Make a paste out of the baking soda and a small amount of water; dab it on the grout and follow the instructions from the vinegar cleaning solution.

If stains remain, your next step is to use a commercial tile and grout cleaner, which can be purchased in the grout cleaning supplies section wherever you buy home cleaning products. Follow the provided instructions carefully to achieve the best results.

Erasing Difficult Grout Stains

For the toughest grout stains that won't respond to the previous cleaning methods, try using a heavy-duty grout cleaner such as hydrogen peroxide, oxygen bleach or chlorine bleach. If your grout is colored, first make sure the product is safe for use on colored grout. These products contain strong ingredients, so dilute them as instructed and follow the directions carefully.

If all of your efforts fail to clean the stained grout, professional tile and grout cleaning services have specialized grout cleaning equipment that can remove just about any grout stain imaginable. Once your grout is clean again, consider applying a grout sealer to keep it in top shape.