Whether you've got tile floors or kitchen back splashes, the grout between tiles can get pretty grimy, and it can be tough to know exactly how to clean grout. However, with the right cleaning solution and a bit of elbow grease, you can get your grout looking fresh and brand new.
How Does Grout Get So Grimy?
Understanding how tile grout gets dirty in the first place can be useful when picking the best grout cleaner. In the bathroom for example, it's usually mold or mildew causing the grout stains. In the kitchen it could be a combination of food stains, general household traffic, and mildew. No matter what the cause of the staining, start off with the simplest and least acidic cleaning solution first, moving up to harsher chemical cleaners if you are unsuccessful in getting the grout completely clean.
Know Your Options
Depending on your type of stain, you may be able to get away with household products. Tougher stains and milew may need heavier chemicals. Know your options before you get started.
For some stains, simple household items like vinegar or baking soda can be effective cleaners. Try either a solutions of equal parts vinegar and water or a paste of baking soda and a bit of water to clean the grout.
Spray or dab the cleaner onto a small length of grout and scrub with a stiff brush. Scrub in small circles rather than straight up and down to remove more debris from the grout. Rinse well with water, and mop up any remaining moisture with a sponge or paper towels. Anthem tile and grout cleaning and sealing, Free Estimates.
Generic Grout Cleaners
Generic household cleaners such as Mr. Clean, Lysol, or powder-based cleaners can also work on tile grout. Use as directed above for vinegar or baking soda, and make sure to rinse the grout well after cleaning. Alternatively, if you own or have access to a steam cleaner, try using it on your grout work. The pressure of the steam cleaner can loosen debris and stains that cleaners can't dissolve on their own.
Commercial Tile Cleaning Products
If your grout hasn't come completely clean, the next step is to try a commercial tile and grout cleaner. These are available wherever home cleaning products are sold. Try to find a cleanser that is pH balanced so that the chemicals in the product won't erode the grout with continued use. To get the best result from a commercial cleaner, spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Follow the directions on the label of the product to clean effectively. Call us now to set up a free no obligation floor evaluation 602-214-9858 Serving Anthem, New River and Metro.