Tips On How To Clean Tile Grout
Dirty grout can ruin the look of the most beautiful tile. There are three types of grout that are commonly used: flooring grout, cement or epoxy-based tiling grout and resin. Because the material is porous, it will absorb moisture and become stained after awhile. It can protected with a sealer but even then it requires to be cleaned well and the sealer to be re-applied on a regular basis to keep it looking fresh and clean. With any type of tile, ceramic, granite, marble or quartz, make sure that the grout cleaner is safe for it.
For grout cleaning you will need various brushes, like old toothbrush, plastic bristle brush, soft nail brush, and sponges: regular sponge for washing and a nylon dish sponge for scrubbing.
Any dishwashing detergent works well on cleaning a lightly stained grout. Just apply a small amount and use a sponge or a brush to scrub it. Rinse with water.
Try baking soda paste to remove stains. Mix 3 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of water. Apply the paste, scrub with a brush and leave on for a few minutes, then rinse.
For harder to remove stains, try this recipe: mix 1/4 cup of salt, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Spread on the stains, rub with a sponge. Leave on the grout for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water.
Some cleaners may not be appropriate for all tile. Try this cleaning recipe: sprinkle salt on a wedge of lemon and scrub the grout with it. This might do the trick on light stains.
For a moderately stained grout, there is another cleaner recipe. It is more abrasive and may not be appropriate for all tile. Test a small area first. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Wash the grout with a sponge of a brush. Wipe off with warm water. Do not use this recipe with bleach.
If the above recipes did not work, try the bleach mixture: 1/4 cup of bleach and 3/4 cup of baking soda. Apply, leave for a couple of minutes, wash well.
If the grout is very dirty and stained, it might be better to hire a professional with a special equipment. He will use a steam cleaning with a high pressure vapor. It deep cleans the grout and also removes mold, mildew, stains and dirt.
Grout mildew is a common problem for bathroom. There are several recipes that work well on mildew stains. Bleach removes stains really well. Apply directly to grout, scrub with a brush and wash with clean water. For tougher stains, leave the bleach on the grout for a few minutes before rinsing off.
Vinegar can remove mildew easily. Apply and scrub with a brush. Wash with soap and water.
Rubbing alcohol effectively kills bacteria that causes mildew. Apply with a sponge or a brush, leave for several minutes, scrub and rinse off.
If stains are tough to remove, try peroxide or a peroxide paste (peroxide mixed with soda). Apply, scrub and rinse with clean water.
Add water to Borax to make a paste. Apply, let it sit there until dry, scrub until clean, and rinse with water.
As another option, baking soda and a regular dishwashing detergent works well on removing tough mildew stains. Apply to stains and leave overnight. Wash well in the morning.
If none of these tips worked, the grout can be removed with a grout saw and new grout applied. It is not as difficult as it sounds. Your tile will look like new again.
After the grout is cleaned, apply grout sealer to protect it from moisture. To test if the sealer is covering the grout well, drop a bit of water on it. If the water is absorbed instead of turning into beads, the sealer needs to be re-applied. Apply a new coat of sealer as necessary.