5 Tips For Cleaning Grout On Floor

Are you worried about dirty grout on your floors ruining the aesthetic of your space? Well, it’s quite common, but don’t worry because we have got you covered. Grout is highly prone to get dirty due to its porous surface and light colours (generally). It gets dirtier in washrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms due to increased and rougher usage. 

So, how to clean grout? 

Most people think it’s quite tedious to clean grout, but with the right tips and supplies, it’s not that difficult. Here are some tips that you can follow to make your floor shine once again.

Points to Remember

  • Always start with a mild to gentle grout cleaner.
  • When testing a powerful or a harsh cleaner, test it on areas that are not much visible to the public eye.
  • Caustic cleaners dissolve grout over time; thus, they should not be used on a regular basis.
  • Open windows and ensure that the space is well ventilated when using chemicals.
  • Some chemicals or chemical combinations emit toxic gases or fumes, so make sure to do your research, wear masks or avoid them altogether by opting for natural cleaners.

Tip #1: Vinegar and Warm Water

You will need the following supplies: 

  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Firm cleaning brush

 Vinegar is a common mild acid used for a variety of cleaning tasks, including disinfecting, removing stubborn stains, unclogging drains, etc. You can use it as a multi-purpose cleaner for your space and clean the grout with it.

 All you have to do is make a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Next, spray the solution on the grout and let it sit for a couple of minutes before scrubbing it with the brush. There you have it; your spotless floor.

Tip #2: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Following are the supplies you will need: 

  • Large Mixing bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Vinegar (4-5 tbsp)
  • Baking soda (half cup)
  • Firm cleaning brush 

For this hack, you have to pick the vinegar bottle again, an old favourite for many house cleaning jobs. You have to make a paste using vinegar and baking soda.

 Take a glass bowl, add baking soda and then pour vinegar. Stir until they foam and make a paste. Next, apply small amounts to the affected grout and rub the paste with a firm cleaning brush. Depending upon your need, you can half, double, or triple the solution amount.

Tip #3: Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

You will need the following supplies: 

  • Large Mixing bowl
  • Baking soda (10 tbsp)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 tbsp)
  • Firm cleaning brush 

Take the mixing bowl, pour in the hydrogen peroxide, and slowly add baking soda to it. Next, stir to make a paste. Apply this grout cleaner paste on the grout and scrub the area with a brush. 

Some people even use hydrogen peroxide on its own as it can remove moderate stains. You can also try it and see if it works for you.

Tip #4: Oxygen Bleach

Following are the supplies you will need: 

  • Oxygen bleach
  • Warm water (1 gallon)
  • Spray bottle/can (1+1/2 tbsp)
  • Firm cleaning brush

 Though not very common, oxygen bleach is also something you can use as a grout cleaner, particularly dirty grout with harder stains. Many brands sell oxygen bleach, and you can usually find it in powdered form. You can follow the instructions mentioned on the pack. But a general recipe is to add one and a half tablespoons to one-gallon warm water. Next, spray onto the dirty grout, let the grout cleaner rest for 15 minutes and then scrub the surface.

Tip #5: Chlorine Bleach

You will need the following supplies: 

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Firm cleaning brush 

Chlorine bleach is an oxidant that may be used to remove stains from floor tile grout. Many brands sell chlorine bleach using different names. To use chlorine bleach, simply soak a brush in a small bleach container, scrape the grout well with a brush, and then rinse. You can even let it sit for 15 minutes if you think your grout is super dirty or hard to clean. 

If you have a dark-coloured grout, do a patch test first, as chlorine bleach can oxidize the grout making its colour lighter. While working with chlorine bleach, keep in mind that humans and pets can get irritated due to its fumes. Also, you must turn on the room fan while working with chlorine bleach.

So now you know how to clean tile grout.

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Too lazy to try the above steps but still want your grout to shine, hire Green City Services. We are best at what we do, so let us do our cleaning magic to make your floor shine like it used to be.

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