If you have tiles on your kitchen floor, you're probably fighting a continual battle against dirty grout. Many different kitchen cleaners can help to keep your grout in good condition by using both natural and chemical substances.
To keep your floor in the best possible condition, try using some of the techniques mentioned below. Start off with the weakest cleaners to prevent damage to the grout and if the stains remain, work up to the more aggressive chemicals.
1. Household Items
Common kitchen items such as baking soda and vinegar are very efficient cleaning products. Mix baking soda with a little water to form a paste and use it to clean any particularly dirty areas. Alternatively, dilute vinegar with an equal quantity of water and use a hand held sprayer to apply it to the grout.
Another household product that can work well for cleaning grout is whitening toothpaste. Spread the paste onto the grout and leave it for a few minutes before scrubbing. A stiff bristled brush used in a circular motion will be more effective than using a soft brush or cleaning in a straight line. Don't use a metal bristled brush as it will wear the grout away. When you have finished scrubbing, rinse the area with clean water and allow it to dry.
2. Kitchen Surface Cleaners
Many brand-name kitchen surface cleaners also work effectively on your grout and these can be purchased in most local stores or supermarkets. Before you begin cleaning the whole floor, use a small inconspicuous area to test that the chemicals will not damage the grout or remove the color from colored grout.
Spray the floor and use a stiff bristled brush to clean the grout in a circular motion. After, rinse with clean water and mop up any excess with paper towels. Never mix any household cleaners together as the chemical reaction can cause noxious fumes or chemical burns. Keep the kitchen well ventilated while you work with chemical cleaners.
3. Tile and Grout Cleaner
A cleaner specifically designed for tiles and grout will normally be a little stronger than a standard kitchen cleaner without being strong enough to cause any damage to the grout. Look for a cleaner that is pH neutral to reduce the chances of it causing damage over time.
However, before using the cleaning product for the first time, you should test it on a small area to make sure it does not erode or discolor the grout. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding application. Normally, this involves applying the cleaner to the surface and leaving it for around five minutes before beginning to scrub.
4. Sealing Grout
One way to reduce the amount of scrubbing your tile floor requires is to use a grout sealer to make the grout more stain resistant. A combination of an annual coating of grout sealer and wiping up any spillages quickly should keep your grout being in much better condition for a longer period of time.