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post #1 of Old 03-01-2011, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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General Tips for Grout Cleaning

  • Clean the grout first with water and allow to dry. This will remove any loose surface debris.
  • Never use bleach on colored grout, as it will discolor the grout.
  • Use a stiff brush for scrubbing. Old toothbrushes will be too soft. Also avoid using metal bristles, as they will wear away the grout.
  • If you're using commercial cleaners, bleach, or other chemicals, make sure the room you're working in is well ventilated.
  • Use gloves and protective eye wear when working with any chemical-based cleaners.
  • Test your grout cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that it won't erode or damage your grout work. This is especially necessary if your tile grout is old or damaged.
  • Never mix cleaners together! Chemical reactions can cause noxious fumes or burns if the mixture touches the skin.


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post #2 of Old 03-07-2011, 06:59 AM
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Thanks for the information ,another way to be smart about your grout cleaning is to use a sealant on all your grout. Most people assume that the grout is sealed when the tile is installed, but this is rarely the case.

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Thanks for the sharing , great information .
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thank you, cleaning grout is not one of my favorite things to do!
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post #5 of Old 11-09-2011, 03:15 AM
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The best way to clean it is to use water and main purpose cleaner to reduce the dirt from the grout and use a wet vacuum to pull the dirt back up and out of the holes. Look for a stiff brush or a brush designed for grout, which are usually narrow and have tapered brushes.
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i've been mixing cleaners together forever. glad i saw this...
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post #7 of Old 11-28-2011, 06:34 PM
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Great tips! We tell our customers the same ones for their at home maintenance of their tiles

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I agree with the use of a wet vacuum for extraction.

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We always use an all-natural, citrus degreaser. Here's the overview of our methods for tile and grout cleaning in Kitchener here.
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Definitely use at least a wet dry vac to remove the cleaning agent and water after you rinse.
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post #11 of Old 03-04-2012, 07:08 PM
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Don't mix bleach and vinegar

But seriously gloves and glasses work a treat, osmosis through the skin can mean you are absorbing a lot of nasties into your bloddstream






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Thanks for the tips. Does anyone have any advice on which products would work to clean out grout. I have used CLR in my bathroom and it didn't work.
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If you're just cleaning them at home, baking soda is pretty good as an oxygenator, but for commercial use you need something a little stronger.
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We always tell our clients not to use bleach or any harsh strong cleaners because the will degrade the grout and actually pit it in a very short time. It's better to not try and clean your own tile and grout and instead every 2 years have a professional tile and grout cleaning Tampa company use the proper tools and equipment to thoroughly deep clean and extract all contaminants and preserve your hard surface for years to come.

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This above is absolutely true and to try and clean your own grout will only result in damaging the grout and making it's surface more easily available to further staining as well as shortening the life of the grout. you also really have know way to thoroughly rinse whatever product you may use to clean the grout out. If a wet vac would work us professional would not purchase $20,000 truck mounts to properly do this for our clientele. Tile and grout cleaning orange county has been a leading industry cleaner for the last 17 years in this field and is happy to properly train our clients on hard surface maintenance in between our professional tile cleaning services.

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I have found above all tips are very helpful and informative with cleaning process. Though I think that professional cleaners advice help you a lot for getting the best services of cleaning. However, I have also contacted to greenwich ct broken chandelier repair professionals to cleaning the chandelier, which was very helpful way with cleaning process under the professional guidelines. Nice thread!
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post #17 of Old 04-30-2012, 06:27 AM
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Its a good piece of info. its really very useful.
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Wearing gloves and protective eye wear is very much necessary during the process of cleaning of grout tile. It is recommended and make sure that these chemicals won't do harmful on you and on your tiles.
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Once you have clean floor tiles, you can keep the grout looking like new by adding oxygen bleach powder to your mop water. Pleas apply a liberal amount of mop water to the floor, scrubbing the tile surface with the mop and leave the mop water in the grout joints without rinsing the floor.
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post #20 of Old 07-06-2012, 12:52 PM
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Most people assume that the grout is sealed when the tile is installed, but this is rarely the case.
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