While tile is very durable and relatively easy to clean, grout can pose a bit of a challenge.
Grout is subject to staining given its light colour and the fact that it is very porous.
Grout in tiled floors can be discoloured by dirt, mud and other forms of debris while grout in kitchen areas is usually affected by food and beverage spills.
In bathrooms, soap build-ups, mould and mildew are some of the issues that might affect the overall look and appeal of grouted tile.
The good news is that it is possible to restore the aesthetic beauty of grout with a small amount of effort and the right cleaning supplies.
You can learn how to clean grout in 4 easy steps.
1. Start with a stiff brush and a small spray bottle of warm water.
Spray a light mist of water onto the grout and use your scrub brush to scour the area in a tight, circular motion. This should free up surface debris and will begin lifting deeper stains. Once you are finished pre-treating an area with water and a scrub brush, let the grout dry.
2. If there are remaining stains, mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water.
Spray this onto the affected area and let it sit for several seconds. Moisten your scrub brush with your vinegar solution and use tight circles to scrubbed the stained grout. The area should be rinsed with pure water and allowed to dry after this treatment.
3. Heavy stains can be lifted with baking soda.
You can use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to make a paste by mixing this with baking soda. Use your scrub brush to apply this paste to the grout lines and let it sit. This paste will usually have a foamy, bubbly appearance.
Once the past stops foaming, use water and your scrub brush to start scouring it away. You should then rinse the space thoroughly to ensure that dirt and other debris does not settle back into the grout. You can use a damp cloth to lightly pat the area dry once all stains have been removed. If you grout looks clean and new, your efforts are complete. If not, you can try a beach-based solution as a final measure.
4. When using bleach to clean grout, you should look for oxygen bleach, rather than liquid chlorine bleach.
Oxygen bleach is commonly sold as a powder. You can read and follow the product manufacturer’s instructions for these solutions.
In most instances, this will involve making a thin paste with the oxygen bleach and warm water and applying this to the grout lines before scrubbing.
After treating the area, always make sure to rinse it with plenty of clear water and to lightly pat the surface dry with a damp towel.