Tile is durable and beautiful. Keeping it clean is a snap. But, what about the grout? Without proper methods, cleaning can not only discolor your grout, but weaken it as well.
Grout cleaning starts with tile cleaning
Soap does not belong on your tile floor. The principle function of most detergent cleaners is to soften water so it can clean better. We say, cut out the middle man and use water alone to clean your tile floor. But, only when necessary. Most of the time sweeping your tile floor clean is all it takes.
Tile and grout cleaning alternatives to soap
Soap products leave a film behind that actually attracts more dirt. Here are three homegrown solutions that perform better than soap-based products:
- Oily stains: Mix ammonia and water
- Mildew: Mix of bleach and water is all you need
- Periodic cleaning: White vinegar and water
In every case, start with a weak mixture and add to it until you’re satisfied with the result. Do not mix these solvents; bleach and ammonia together can produce a poisonous gas.
Grout cleaning best practices
Grout is a porous material. In some ways, that makes it a magnet for dirt. But, keeping it clean is a snap. As with your tile floors, common household products and effort are all it takes to keep your grout clean. Use a half-and-half white vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle. Spray it on. Wait five minutes. Scrub it off with a stiff brush.
For tougher stains, a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide applied lightly can lift out dirt.
As with any cleaning product, start in an out-of-the way area to test it—such as under an appliance or under furniture. Once you’re satisfied with your mix, get busy.
Professional Grout Cleaning
Unless you diligently keep up with your cleaning regimen, chances are the grout dirt and stains will get ahead of you. That’s when you call in a professional, such as our trusted company, Done Right Carpet and Tile Cleaning. Watch the video to see how their steam extraction method redeems even the most stained grout.