Just the word grout. It’s awfully close to the word gross, and that is no accident. Cleaning it in our showers and floor tiles is a job no one really enjoys, but it still needs to be done.
Grout is the substance used to keep the tiles in place, a liquid concrete, that works great, but it gets dirty. The good news is, there are a few ways to make the job easier.
Let’s take a look a few important tips for cleaning grout.
Okay, if we have to do, here are a few ways to make the job a bit easier.
Vinegar is like one of those miracle substances. It’s brilliant for cleaning, it’s brilliant on your french fries.
Mix half and half vinegar with warm water and spray on the grout. Let it soak in for about five minutes, then scrub with a small brush.
This is another one of those multipurpose substances that works miracles. Sprinkle some baking soda along the grout and let it sit, then scrub with an old toothbrush or small scrub brush.
The toothbrush gets into the little porous areas and they put baking soda in our toothpaste, so it must be good!
A combination of the two much be twice as good, right? Yes! Pour the baking soda down on the grout and then spray with the vinegar solution.
You can make a paste with the two in a small bowl and then use it full strength. The vinegar causes the baking soda to foam, so let it sit for about five minutes, then scrub with the small brush.
Use this diluted with water for cleaning and whitening the grout and tiles. You can also use it to make a paste with baking soda, and use the same way.
Bleach will remove mold and mildew and disinfect the area, but it can cause discoloration to certain types of porous tiles, so use diluted or don’t use with marble, for instance.
There is oxygenated bleach, that is safer for more porous tiles and can remove stains.
The hydrogen peroxide will help whiten the grout and remove stains. You can use it straight as is, and it’s non-toxic, so perfect to use in areas with baby or pets. You can also mix it with the baking soda for a paste.
Apply to the area you want, let it sit for a few minutes and then use your toothbrush or small scrub brush to wipe off the excess.
You can make the cleaning easier by just getting out ahead of the mold and mildew forming.
Keep the area dry. The mold and mildew grow in the damp. Spray with the vinegar solution often, and let it dry. Keep a window open or the fans on after using the shower or washing the floor.
You can also use a sealant, to cover it up and prevent it from getting wet.
The best way to get your grout clean is to pour a glass of wine, take your book outside and call the professionals to come in and do it for you.
Having them professionally cleaned will make them look great and it will be far easier for you for cleaning grout down the road.
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