How to Clean Grout
How to Clean Grout
Most people know the lines of space between tile is called grout. It is a liquid form of concrete that is used in filling the gap between tiles. Over time it can become discolored or stained because grout is porous. Cleaning grout can be rather difficult without the proper equipment, but it is possible to try and mitigate stains or remove some of them on your own. Even with regular spot treatments and cleanings, over time we recommend a professional grout cleaning company to deep clean your grout, which we offer at Remarkable Results. We want to inform you how to clean grout so you can reduce the needed professional visits. Here are some methods to consider, but remember to always wipe up any spills immediately to make your life easier.
Don’t start using deep cleaning methods for your grout until you have already conducted a thorough regular cleanup of the tile areas you wish to clean. Starting high and ending low, wipe down countertops, sweep and mop floors. This will remove the top layers of dirt and grime, which helps to make your deep clean much easier.
Ammonia and Vinegar
Mix approximately 7 cups of water (warm) with ¼ cup of white vinegar, 1/3 cup of ammonia and ½ cup of baking soda. Mix thoroughly and allow the baking soda to dissolve. Once you have your mixture, fill a spray bottle to apply the solution on affected or dirty areas. You can also store the solution in the spray bottle. Just be sure to label the bottle before storing it. Right before you use the solution shake the spray bottle first.
Starting with a small section, spray the grout up to 1-2 square feet and allow the mixture to sit approximately 3-5 minutes. After it dwells you may begin to scrub the damp area of grout with a brush of your choosing. We suggest using items such as a toothbrush, magic eraser or a hard bristle cleaning brush. Depending on the age or stain severity, it may take a lot of work and a few passes to notice a change.
As you spray and scrub, small amounts of dirty water will become apparent on your tile floor. Use a cloth to absorb and remove dirty water. Continue this process for the rest of your grout between tiles. Even if you just do a spot treatment, you may notice a color difference because the grout nearby hasn’t been cleaned. It’s easy to see how difficult of an undertaking cleaning grout can be without commercial equipment.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl until the becomes a thick paste. Once you have created a nice paste mixture, use a finger or toothbrush to apply the paste onto your grout. Start with no more than 1-2 square feet to keep the working area small. Completely coat your grout area, keeping the mixture thick. Let this sit for 5-10 minutes.
Now you may begin scrubbing your grout with either an electric toothbrush or another brush of choice. You will need to apply pressure to remove stains or dirt. Repeat this process until grout is clean and then proceed to the other grout areas. Once you have finished, wipe the area with a damp towel or rag before cleaning your floors as you normally would.
In case you are worried, oxygen bleach is a solution which works to dissolve grime and bacteria while also whitening grout. It is a safe bleach compound.
Mix equal parts of warm water and oxygen bleach in a bucket, allowing them to dissolve together. Using a bottle to apply, add your bleach mixture to grout in a small section and make sure you thoroughly coat it. Let the solution stand for approximately 15 minutes. After your time, scrub using a small brush and add more bleach as needed to keep the grout area moist. Use a dry towel to clean up dirty water along the way and squeeze dirty water into a separate container. Some stains may require being bleached for an hour or more, depending on their severity and age.
Maintain the Grout
The best course of action to maintain your clean grout is to clean spills immediately from beverages, food or pets with a wet rag. Having your grout sealed can protect it and extend life, while also making maintenance and clean up much easier. You should still have your floors cleaned professionally at a minimum of once per year, but preferably bi-annually.
If you don’t want to spend hours scrubbing your grout, call Remarkable Results at (512) 987-1996 and ask about our 100% satisfaction guarantee.