Grout Cleaning Tips
There are a few different approaches to take when it comes to cleaning the grout between tiles. Most people are familiar with the vinegar or baking soda routine. If using common household items is in your agenda for grout cleaning, then this is the direction to take. When using vinegar, be sure to dilute it with an equal amount of water. This ensures that the acidity levels are balanced so that it doesn’t damage the tile or grout. Too much vinegar can eat away at grout, quickly. If you have baking soda on hand rather than vinegar, simply mix it with a small amount of water to create a paste-like substance. Once your solution is chosen, mixed, and ready to go; use a stiff brush or thick bristled comb to get the best results. Scrub in a consistent circular motion, and then rinse away the residue and excess cleaning solutions with clean water. It is important to dry the area completely.
Other common strategies that reduce grout stains and dirt include household cleaning items like Mr. Clean, chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and even steam cleaners. The steam lifts and loosens the dirt in the grout, allowing a more effective cleaning process. You can even buy brand name grout cleaners and sprays that are specially pH balanced to treat grout and protect tile; however, these are more recommended for regular maintenance rather than full on cleaning and grout stain removal.