Grout is wonderful for filling the spaces between tiles, for preventing leakage, and for giving your floors a finished look. But it can be a pain to clean, especially when there is a buildup of grime, dirt, soap scum, and other debris. In addition to dirt and discolouration, there is also a risk of mould growth on the grout that is caused by an abundance of moisture in an area (most commonly the laundry room and bathroom). The mould will then cause unpleasant odours and can even damage your ceiling, walls, and floors.
To help you prevent such problems and avoid premature grout replacement, we outline effective ways to eliminate and remove stains and other debris:
Steam clean the grout
This method is both useful and effective, as you will be using pressurised steam to loosen the soap residue and dirt from tiled surfaces. Steam cleaning the grout is also an environmentally friendly alternative to using harsh chemical cleaners to remove grime from the grout. If your steam cleaner includes multiple attachments, use those to get into tricky corners. We advise connecting a thin and pointed nozzle to the appliance to thoroughly clean between the grout lines. Any loosened dirt can then be wiped clean with a cloth or scrubbed off the surface.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is a super-effective cleaning solution that also acts as a natural deodorizer for the house. Since it is abrasive, it is capable of dislodging stubborn stains and even mould buildup. Baking soda can be used on its own or mixed with vinegar to make a non-toxic cleaner that effectively removes discolouration on the grout.
- Combine 2/3 cups of baking soda with two tablespoons of white vinegar to make a paste. You can also add 1/2 cup dish detergent and 1/2 cup water to the mix. Stir the mixture and store it in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the tiled surface, making sure to work in small sections as you go. For stubborn stains, it’s better to apply full-strength vinegar and use some muscle to scrub the stains.
- When dealing with darkened grout, you can use baking soda combined with water to clean between the grout lines. Just apply the paste on the grout, grab any small brush, and begin scrubbing gently. Rinse the area with clean water afterwards, and mop the tile grout for a gleaming finish.
Set up a Daily Cleaning Schedule
Addressing the problem of stained grout can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be if you do some daily cleaning to prevent debris from building up in the first place. Our advice is to keep a squeegee in the bathroom so you can grab it easily after every bath and use it to remove excess water from the bathroom tiles.
With less moisture in the area, moulds have no place to cling to, and you won’t have to hurt your back trying to get rid of them a few weeks later. Another thing you should do daily is to spray the tile with a mild shower cleaner, which helps prevent staining on the grout. There are many shower cleaners available in the market, but if you want a more natural cleaning solution, you can always make one by mixing one part vinegar with four parts water.
Proper care for the grout in your living area is also very simple. You just need to switch to vacuuming the floors rather than sweeping it to avoid spreading dirt and dust around.
Aside from establishing a cleaning checklist, you should also ensure that the grout is cleaned thoroughly on a weekly basis. You can either do the weekly cleaning alone or use a professional cleaning service so you can have trained cleaners taking care of the tough tasks for you.
July 12, 2019