Is Grout a Cleaning Nightmare?

Grout is described as a finishing material. It’s put between your tiles as a complement. However, in our busy lives, there’s little to no time to clean it deeply in a daily basis. Sometime, the grout can become dirty—so much that it becomes a cleaning nightmare.

In this article, we’re going to approach the easier methods to transform that nightmare in a quick and doable task.

To start, use a dry broom or mop to wipe across the floor tiles. You can opt for a dry cloth to wipe wall tiles. In this way, you’ll remove dirt excess and dust before starting with the grout cleaning process.

When up to the grout-job, an always-useful advice is to apply the cleaning product and let it sit for a good amount of time. This will soften the dirt; therefore, it will be easier to remove.

An eco-friendly solution is powdered oxygen bleach: is nontoxic, doesn’t produce harsh fumes, and is color (and fabric) safe.

Why does it work? Because the oxygen ions attack the stain molecules, breaking them into pieces—making them easier to rinse away.

To clean floor tiles and grouts, mix oxygen bleach with warm water. Stir it until it dissolves. Pour the solution onto the floor tile and flood the grout lines, let it sit for 15 minutes or more (the more grime, the more time).

As the oxygen ions work for up to six hours, there’s no really a rush to rinse it away. It also helps to scrub the grout lightly after 30 minutes. Remember to pour new solution onto the grout as you scrub.

You can also use a mix of vinegar and baking soda. Remember our previous articles that suggest the use of a paste-like mix of these solutions? Well, we’re recommending them again. They’re amazing!

To scrub, you may use a hard-bristled brush to take out the grout clean. There are some dedicated grout brushes in the market, but you may find that an old toothbrush works just as well.

The final step, when the stains and dirt are a past story, is to rinse the floor or wall with clean water and dry.

Make sure you include tile and grout cleaning as part of your regular cleaning schedule. Clean tiles and grout improve the appearance of any space in a way that makes the room appear brighter, cleaner, and larger.

Try out these methods and let us know the results in the comment section!

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