Over time, you will notice that the grout between tiles gets grimy, but this can easily be fixed with tile grout cleaners. With the right grout cleaning products, you can have your grout looking brand new in no time. However, since there are different kinds of grout it is important to be aware of the various grout cleaners on the market, as well as in your home, that you can use to clean grout.
It is usually best to start off cleaning grout with the least acidic cleaning solution and moving to harsh chemical cleaners only if the first try doesn’t work. It is also important to make sure you understand the kind of stain you have, so that you can use the appropriate method for cleaning it.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
The first thing you should use on grout is simple vinegar or baking soda. Use vinegar that has been diluted in equal parts water, or baking soda mixed in with a little bit of water. Apply this mixture to the grout and scrub it with a brush. Scrub in circles to remove the debris more effectively. Rinse thoroughly with water and then mop up and dry off with paper towels.
Generic Household Cleaners
You can also use regular household cleaners like Mr. Clean, Lysol or power cleaners to clean grout. Apply liquid based cleaners directly to the grout and mix powder based cleaners with water first. Apply and scrub in circular motion with a brush, and then remove and wash the area. You can also use a steam cleaner to remove grout if you have access to one, as this will loosen debris and stains more easily.
Commercial Tile and Grout Cleaners
If the grout has not been cleaned by the first two cleaners, you can buy a commercial grout cleaner. These are easily available in the market. Try to find one that is pH balanced so that you don’t damage or erode the grout. Spray the cleaner onto the grout. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub. Make sure you follow the directions on the product to avoid damaging the grout unnecessarily.
Heavy Duty Cleaners
For stains that are tough to remove, you can use products that contain oxygen bleach powder, hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach. These are available in hardware stores and janitorial supply outlets. You need to follow the instructions for the specific product you buy, but these need to be diluted in water before being used.
Due to the large number of available options, it is important you educate yourself on each one before you start cleaning grout. If you do not follow the instructions you could end up eroding the grout and then needing to pay to have it repaired or replaced. Always remember to start off with the least damaging cleaning method first and move on to the next one only when the first fails. This way you can avoid causing unnecessary damage and expense.