Tile is the perfect flooring in so many ways. It is water resistant and durable, making it perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. It’s also stable and a great heat conductor, making it excellent for use with radiant heat. It’s easy to clean and stylish, coming in an endless variety of colors, patterns, and materials. So what’s not to love?
Grout can be the downside of your beautiful tile every time. It gets dirty and dingy quickly and can be so difficult to clean. These tips for cleaning grout will help you keep it in tiptop shape, and keep your tile looking great for the long haul.
Finding the Right Solution
With all the nifty home cleaning tips and tricks, cleaning grout is one project that requires good old-fashioned scrubbing. There are a number of homemade solutions that will do the trick. Before going after the grout, make sure to do a regular cleaning of the tile surface to pick up any loose dirt.
Vinegar, Baking Soda and Ammonia
White vinegar is any house cleaners’ best friend. There are so many applications for this product. To clean grout, combine 1/2-cup baking soda, 1/3-cup ammonia, and 1/4-cup white vinegar with 7 cups warm water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray the grout, one small section at a time. Allow the solution to set for 3-5 minutes before you scrub.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Baking soda can also be a great cleaning product. Combine hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until it creates a thick paste. Spread this paste on the grout lines and allow it to set for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing.
When scrubbing grout, use a soft bristle brush or toothbrush. Don’t scrub too hard as the grout can be easily damaged.
Maintaining Grout Over Time
Regular grout maintenance is important to ensure you don’t have to scrub too often! Clean up spills right away. Wine, juice or other acidic substances can quickly stain grout and be very difficult to remove. Applying a commercial grout sealer once a year can help prevent spills from penetrating grout and delay the growth of mold and mildew.
Keeping grout white can be a chore. Consider dying grout a darker color for easier maintenance, and know when it’s time to replace your grout. It can start to crack and crumble, and no amount of scrubbing will solve that problem!
Tile is a great option for so many surfaces in your home, from the floors to bathroom showers and kitchen backsplashes. Keep a lovely tile job looking great by regularly cleaning and maintaining your grout.
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