While tile is durable, beautiful, and easy to clean, grout is a different story because its location and porous nature make it challenging to maintain. Through proper cleaning of your grout, you can definitely extend the life of your grout for many years, making it look good and really clean! Having a clean grout will not only benefit your tiles but also your walls and counters. While your tiles can easily resist stains and dirt, your grout absorbs spills and dirt easily because of its porous nature, that’s why it gets stains easily. In your kitchen, you can blame the spills for a dirty grout because upon entry, grime and dirt stains the grout. On the other hand, the soap, mildew, and mold make your grout dirty in your bathroom.
First, to remove the dirt and grime from the grout surface, you can wipe it down with a hot water. Next, spray a DIY mixture of 50-50 mix water and vinegar or commercially prepared Worcester Carpet Cleaning solution on the grout. Spray your DIY or commercially prepared cleaning solution on the grout, and leave it for five to ten minutes, and then later scrub it with a soft brush. It is fine to use an old toothbrush or any small scrub to scrub the grout, or you can also use an electric toothbrush for extra scrubbing power. Avoid using a metal brush because it will scratch your tile and knock out pieces of the grout. When using diluted bleach or commercially prepared grout cleaners, it is important to follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to clean the floor grout. Be sure to use them sparingly though because it can erode the grout with frequent use. If you are dealing with stubborn stains, you can mix a paste of baking soda in two parts and one part water. After application, let it stand overnight, and then scrub the next day with the use of a nylon brush. Use a less acidic solution if you have a porous or coarse tile such as marble because vinegar stains the tile. You can mix two-parts of baking soda to one-part of peroxide, and scrub it onto the grout using a soft brush. By using a sandpaper, you also remove grout stains by folding it and work on the creased edge back and forth along the grout line.
Soap and warm water are effective and gentle cleaning agents and they are your best buddies in cleaning spills and spots on your tile and grout. As much as possible, avoid using products that add shine to your tiles because wax can build over time causing a dingy and dark appearance. For routine care, sweep your floors in order to loosen dirt, always use doormats outside your entrance, wipe down countertops using mild soap and water, wipe up any spills immediately, and mop floors using a neutral cleaner. You can check our website or homepage for professional Worcester Tile and Grout Cleaning.