How To Clean Grout: 7 Efficient Ways To Renew Old Grout As New
Tiles are beautiful, sturdy, and have the best floors and wall options. It gets dirty and even cleaned with just minor efforts. But, the Grout!
While tiles are the easiest to clean, grout isn’t. You need to spend your lovely afternoon cleaning those greasy lines between your tiles.
One good thing about cleaning the grout is it is not an expensive process. It requires time but not money. And with some effort, you can give your grout a brand new look. So here in this blog, we have mentioned some of the most efficient ways to clean grout.
What Is Grout?
Before we begin our story of “how to clean grout,” here is some basic information about grout.
“Grout is the dense fluid made up of cement, water, sand and sometimes colouring pigments to establish a reinforcement between two tiles.”
So in layman’s terms, grout works as a sealing joint between two tiles. They come in different colours and types. So let’s get more understanding of grouts by looking at their types:
These grouts are used to fill up wider spaces for more than ⅛ inch up to 1 inch. Sanded grouts are made up of cement, and you can feel grits between them, making them a perfect choice for heavily trafficked floors. These are harder to clean.
These are made up of cement and have a smooth surface. Unsanded grouts are used to fill up small spaces like 1/16 inch. These are appropriate choices for wall tilings.
These are more water resistant as compared to cement grouts. They are more robust and can survive longer in harsh environments.
Now you will have a question: why should I clean grout? Is it even worth timing? Yes!
Cleaning grouts regularly increases the lifespan of your tiles. Due to their porous nature, they tend to attract dirt easily, which accumulates at the surface and damages the tiles.
So instead of reinstalling new tiles and spending a chunk of money, you can invest some of your time cleaning grout lines between the tiles.
Moreover, cleaning the stained grouts will give a better overall appearance to the room.
Tools You Need To Clean Grout
Grout brush/ toothbrush (with soft bristles)
Hydrogen peroxide (can be easily available at a pharmacy)
Microfiber cloth or rag
7 Ways On How To Clean Grout
Once you have decided to use your holiday and increase the lifespan of your tiles by cleaning tile grouts, the next question you will get is how can I clean grout? Don’t worry. We got you covered, and here we have the 7 most efficient ways to clean grouts.
Cleaning Grouts By Scrubbing
Scrubbing is one of the most efficient ways to make your grouts look clean and neat. For this method, you will need a brush and lukewarm water.
Spray warm water over grouts and start scrubbing with the help of a brush in a circular motion and let it air dry. You can use grout brushes readily available in supermarkets or opt for old toothbrushes.
Make sure to use a medium bristle nylon brush to avoid damage to the grout and tiles
Use Dish Soap Solution
A dish soap? Yes, you read it right. Your dish soap can do the magic in cleaning grouts along with the dishes.
You have to add dish soap to water and make a solution, then mop the floor or wall with a microfiber cloth/mop as per your convenience.
Use Vinegar And Water
For mild grout stains, the best option is vinegar. Vinegar will help to restore your grout to its original healthy state.
You need to dilute the vinegar with equal parts of lukewarm water. Spray it in the grouts and let it stand for 5-7 minutes.
Take a brush and start scrubbing. Then rinse it. Voila! You are done.
Use Baking Soda And Vinegar
Want to make your grouts shine again? Baking soda and vinegar can do the work. Here is what to do:
Mix baking soda and water into a bowl, and make a thick paste.
Also, prepare a solution of vinegar with equal parts of warm water. Fill this solution in a spray bottle.
Apply baking soda paste on grout lines.
Spray the vinegar-to-water solution on the paste.
The mixture will start foaming once it stops, scrub with the brush.
Rinse it with plain water.
Dry it with a micro-fibre cloth or a rag.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Stains can be tricky sometimes, and you need more than just a dash of white vinegar in this situation. Hydrogen peroxide can be your cleaning partner. Follow these steps to have clean tile grout.
WARNING: Use gloves when using Hydrogen peroxide, as it can cause skin irritation and allergy.
Mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda into a bowl and form a thick paste
Apply it to grout with the help of a brush and let it sit for a further 7-10 minutes.
Scrub the grout thoroughly with a brush.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 again if the grout is still not clean.
Use a microfibre cloth or mop to wipe the area with warm water.
Steam Clean For Hard Stains
Thinking of any other method to remove those stains from the grout easier without scrubbing? Here it is! Steam Cleaning.
If you have a big area to cover, you don’t want to scrub for the whole day; that’s when steam cleaners come to the rescue. You can easily buy steam cleaners from amazon or your nearby shops.
But before using them, ensure that you have a suitable steamer. A steamer with medium tank capacity would be fine.
Before getting on the cleaning mission, check whether you have fit the grout brush or not.
Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove the dust, and prepare your steamer. Follow the machine’s guidelines to give your grout tiles a clean and sleek look.
Make bleach a hero to remove those stubborn grout stain villains. Get your gloves ready. Whenever you use bleach solutions, ensure to dilute them in water.
You can use bleach in two ways: directly or adding it with baking soda.
Dilute ¾th cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Spray the solution on the stained grouts. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Take a brush and scrub the grout. Rinse it with water.
Take bleach and baking soda, mix them and make a thick paste with a toothpaste-like consistency. Apply it on grouts and let it work for 15 minutes. Start scrubbing and then rinse it with water and let it dry.
How To Remove Mould From Grouts?
After following the methods mentioned earlier, if grouts still have black patches, then congratulations now you have to deal with moulds too. You might be wondering how to clean grouts with moulds? No worries, it’s simple. Just follow the below steps:
Spray mould remover to the grouts and let it do the magic for a few minutes.
Scrub it with a stiff brush.
Clean with lukewarm water.
Repeat the process if necessary.
Or you can also use bleach, as mentioned above.
Tips to clean grout:
Do not use much water on grouts, as they are porous materials they tend to absorb them, which might affect the tiles.
Clean grout regularly between the span of 4-6 months as per your preference.
Bleach can be one of the most effectful ways, but using it for a longer time can cause discolouration and weaken the strength of the grout. So use it wisely. It is preferable not to use bleach.
If the grouts are discoloured or stained deeply, and if they are beyond repair, then consider changing them.
Seal the grout with a grout sealer to keep it looking new for a longer time.
At the end of the day, you will get clean grout. We hope we are able to answer all your queries with this blog. Remember that when cleaning grout, start with mild steps to remove the stain.
If the stain persists, only then go for the hard steps.
Which method are you going to try first? Contact us if you have any further queries regarding this topic, it would be grateful for us to help you. Would you like to know more about deep cleaning your tile? Browse through our article- How to clean porcelain tiles and keep your abode squeaky clean!
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