If you have tile in your unit, you know that they are not only durable and beautiful, but also fairly easy to clean. Grout, unfortunately, is another story. Here’s what you need to know to keep your unit grout in good condition.
How to clean tile and grout
Grout is that material that fills the spaces between the tiles in your kitchen or bathroom. Grout has a functional use to hold the tiles in place, but it also adds to the beauty of the tiles by framing them.
However, the grout forms a slight depression around the tiles. This facilitates the build-up of dirt, mildew and mildew. Grout is also porous and is usually light in color, so it stains easily. Tile in your kitchen can mean grout stains from spills, while bathroom grout can mean mildew and mildew.
So you will need to include grout and tile cleaning in your ongoing chore chart. You’ll want to start with the mildest cleaning solution to clean up the grout in your unit and then take things from there if you’re having more pesky stains. If you are not sure that a tile grout cleaner will work for you, test it first in a hidden location, such as behind the toilet if you are cleaning grout in the bathroom or under a washing machine. kitchen if you clean the grout in the floor tiles there.
You will have an added challenge when cleaning in an enclosed environment like the bathroom. Confined space results in compromised ventilation and airflow, so you’ll need to be careful with harsh chemicals.
Some dos and don’ts for regular grout cleaning include:
- Always wear gloves when cleaning grout and tiles to protect your hands
- Do not use acidic cleaners. These products can dissolve or sting your grout
- Do not use waxy or oil-based cleaners. These products may leave a film. The film can attract dirt, which will complicate your future cleaning tours
If you are looking for a solution to clean the grout, you can try:
- Commercial Grout & Tile Cleaners: You will find commercial products designed to clean grout. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying these cleaners to dirty grout.
- DIY mixes: You can also make your own mixture to clean your grout. A combination of 1 tablespoon of mild dish soap, 3/4 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide can do a lot of good. After creating your mixture, apply the paste to your grout using a grout brush, then scrub. The special grout brushes feature dense, firm bristles and compact heads to help remove dirt that collects in the grooves.
- Bleach: If you have white grout, bleach offers another option. However, you should not use chlorine bleach on the tinted grout, as it will leach the color. Oxygen bleach works best if you need to preserve the colored grout.
You will need to scrub and rinse your grout to clean it. Once you’ve cleaned up the grout, use cleaning rags, microfiber cloths, or a sponge to rinse and wipe down each area. Make sure you don’t leave any residue from a grout cleanup behind. Wondering how to clean grout from floor tiles? Simply clean the entire floor when you are done cleaning the tile and grout on a floor.
How to clean grout with old or stubborn stains
You don’t always need to switch to strong cleaners or chlorine bleach if you need a strong cleaning solution. Oxygen-based bleach and baking soda offer safer alternatives for indoor cleaning. These products are more environmentally friendly, and they are still effective in treating and preventing mold growth. Oxygen based bleach products include:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Sodium percarbonate
- Sodium perborate
Need to pay special attention to old or stubborn stains that regular cleaning won’t remove? Here’s what to do:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of oxygenated bleach in 2 cups of lukewarm water
- Quickly test your solution on a hidden area of the grout to make sure it will not discolor the grout
- Working in small sections and making more solution as needed, pour your solution over the stained grout lines
- Let the cleaner sit for up to 15 minutes. This gives the ingredients time to do their job
- Scrub and rinse using firm pressure until all of the cleanser is removed. You will probably need to make a few passes on each grout line.
- If you are using a steam cleaner, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly and loading. Use only water and never add chemicals or cleaning solutions to the water tank. Activate the steam function once the machine heats up, then apply the cleaning brush to the dirty areas of your grout
- After steam cleaning, use a mop or cloth to thoroughly dry the residual water
- Keep in mind that steam cleaning can remove grout sealer as it removes mold and dirt. Once your tile dries completely, apply a grout sealer to protect the grout and prevent staining in the future.
When to clean the grout?
At the very least, you should add cleaning grout to your move-in and move-out checklists. You will want to clean up the grout when you move in to stop the mold or mildew issues that are already lurking in your unit before they turn into big problems and make sure you start life in the place of your dreams with the cleanest environment possible. As for the move, leaving your home in the best possible condition will increase your chances of having your deposit refunded.
That said, regular cleaning will save you a lot of time and effort. Wipe off dirty tiles and grout weekly to keep dirt, mildew, and mildew from building up. Regular attention is essential in the bathroom, where the constantly humid and humid environment creates a breeding ground for mold.
If you have light grout in your shower you will start to see spots, and then those spots will encompass larger areas. This usually gives you a chance to clean up before the mold problem gets out of hand. However, a darker grout can easily mask the build-up of mold or mildew until it becomes a bigger health problem.
Overall, including grout cleaning in your regular cleaning routine will help mold build up before it becomes a huge chore. Using the right products will remove tough stains while keeping your grout in the best possible shape.