When grout develops on tiles, the entire surface looks dirty and messy. It is important to clean the tile grout because a grout- free tile looks fresh and vibrant. However, the tile and grout cleaning isn’t an easy job because dirt, water and grime get caught up between the gaps in the tiles.
Here are some tips for tile and grout cleaning.
Cleaning with Oxyclean – Oxyclean is an oxygenated cleaner which is safer than the bleach solutions and best for moderate stains. These oxygenated cleaners come with instructions and can be used with scrub brushes or toothbrushes.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda – If you are looking to make a big batch of grout cleaner, try combining 7 cups of water, ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice, and ¼ cup vinegar. Spray on grout and leave for about 1 hour, then scrub vigorously with a scrub brush.
Clean with a Detergent – This is the most basic way to clean grout. While making this mix, remember to use a mild detergent. Mix detergent and water in a bowl and apply on the grouted areas with the use of a scrub brush. This will be workable only when you work on small areas at a time. Also, make sure you rinse the area you’ve worked on with warm water before moving on to the next.
Cleaning with Shaving Cream – This is the cheapest and a hassle- free way of cleansing the tile. Apply shaving cream on the grout lines, leave it for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.
Grouting the Grout AGAIN – Removing the older grout and laying down the grout again should be your last option. A rotary tool has an option for removal of grout which can be used for removal of old grout. When the old grout is removed; make some time for things to dry and re-grout the tiles with a fresh grout. After the grout has dried, make sure to seal it with a quality sealer.
Silicon Based Grout Sealer – Apply a single or a double coat of a silicon based grout sealer on all the grout lines to keep them safe from stains and water seepage
Chlorine Bleach and Water – Mix only 1 part of chlorine bleach with 4 parts of water and remember to be careful with the chlorine bleach as it can discolor the tile. Spray or apply on the affected area and let it rest for a few minutes.
Generic Household Cleaners – If you have moderate stains on your tiles, then the usual household cleaners will work on cleansing the tiles. Apply these like any other solution and follow the same procedure.
Peroxide and Baking Soda – Try creating a paste of baking soda and straight peroxide to use on obstinate stains on light colored tiles. After the bubbling dies down, apply the paste on the stains and let them rest for about ten minutes. Follow the usual scrub and rinse procedure.
Professional Help from AmeriClean, Inc. – AmeriClean uses fresh clean water with each application that allows us to thoroughly clean your tile and grout. Most at home methods only further spread dirt and grime around on the tile and grout surface. Call our offices today at 219-942-8100 to get a free estimate on tile and grout cleaning.
About AmeriClean, Inc.
AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana. Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include Carpet, Upholstery, Air Duct, Area Rug, Ceramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation. (Please link these to their sub-page) With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in water, fire and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties. For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.