Tile is a great floor covering that makes cleaning a simple and quick job. Tile floors aren’t installed in bathrooms for no reason. There is one tricky part about cleaning a tile surface the grout especially if it is white. Grout can start to look dingy over time and bring down the appearance of tile even if you just cleaned. So how do you get that grout sparkling like new?
Grout is porous and as such it absorbs many things such as grease, dirt, liquids, and oils. Tile grout can become very dirty as these items build up and get sucked down into the pores especially in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen. When the grout is dirty it seems like a daunting task. Nobody wants to take a day to scrub grout especially if they have small tile and thousands of tiny grout lines. Cleaning grout really isn’t as tedious a task as most people think it is. In fact it doesn’t even require a special cleaner full of super harsh chemicals to clean it. You may already have the items needed to clean your grout on your shelf.
Here are some great homemade grout cleaners:
- Baking Soda and Water- Add just enough water to some baking soda to make a paste. Rub the paste on grout lines and let it stay there overnight. Scrub the paste after it has had at least eight hours to sit with a nylon brush or toothbrush.
- Powdered Oxygen Bleach- Some people hear the word bleach and think its a harsh heavy chemical but we aren’t talking about chlorine bleach this is oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is different it releases oxygen ions that work as stain removers. Actually oxygen bleach is a natural substance and can do wonders for your grout. Read the label and follow the manufacturer suggested guidelines for making a solution with warm water. Completely saturate the grout with solution. It is more easily done on floors where solution can just be poured over grout for walls and counters grab a spray bottle. Allow the solution to soak in for at least 60 minutes up to 6 hours the longer it sits the better. When you feel the solution has had significant time to get down into the grout scrub with a nylon brush or toothbrush. The stains in the grout should begin to lift as if by magic if not leave the solution a little longer.
- Water, Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and Vinegar- Mix up a solution of 4 cups water, 1/4-cup baking soda, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1/2-cup vinegar. Apply the solution to the grout lines and let sit and Scrub with a nylon brush or toothbrush. Be careful not to leave this solution on the grout for too long, as vinegar is a tough cleaner and can begin to eat away at the grout.
All of these techniques should be followed up with a warm water rinse after the stains have been scrubbed away.