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How to Clean Grout the Easy Way

Grout plays a vital role in maintaining the strength of each tile on your floor. When you have tiles installed, the professional usually ensures that the tile sits flush with the floor and that the adhesive is properly intact. As time passes, your will start to notice your tiles begin to wear down. The adhesive will loosen, and tiles may crack or even come out all together.

Grout StainsIn order to prevent this from happening, you’ll have to make sure that the grout holding the tiles in place is properly maintained and cleaned. Grout can be found all around your home, in kitchens, bathrooms, tiled walls, and the like. Over time, it can build up dirt and grime which makes them less appealing and “dirty”.

Grout stains can be pretty hard to clean, but it’s possible if you’re willing to put in at least a few hours of your time for intense scrubbing. Everyday use tends to make it even more dirty. Kitchen spills, dirty shoes, mold in the bathroom and even stains from foods, can make grout look very nasty. Following a good cleaning schedule and knowing a few handy tips will keep your grout looking brand new. This can help avoid expensive problems, like having to replace the grout.

Whether you’re in a home or business environment, it’s useful to know how to properly clean this aspect of your home. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this, although the best method will be simply to use a high quality steam cleaner. However, If you don’t own a steam cleaner, there are still other ways to accomplish this.

Simple Steps to Follow

  1. Clean up the area you want to treat first. Sweep and vacuum the entire area to make sure there’s no dirt on the ground.
  2. Buy an over the counter cleaner from a local store or make your own. Making your own is actually quite easy. You’ll just need to have baking soda, vinegar and water. Once you have all three items, mix them in a bowl until it becomes a thick, pasty substance.
  3. Apply the cleaner or paste to the area you want to clean and let it settle for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Use a grout brush or cleaning brush to scrub the area with warm water.
  5. Immediately clean up the grout, removing any dirt or debris before it dries up.
  6. Use a mop to go over the area you just cleaned. Mops tend to get into areas which you may have missed during the initial cleaning.

Cleaning stubborn stains

If you still have grout stains that won’t come out, don’t worry. Some good old water and bleach, in equal proportions, can help you eliminate these stubborn stains. Once you have your water and bleach mixture ready, simply rub it into the stain gently. You can also buy specially designed bleach pens to get rid of those hard to remove stains.

What to do if all else fails

Grout can sometimes be impossible to clean on your own. If this is the case, you’ll need to call for professional backup. Professionals use a very powerful cleanser that will get your grout looking like new again.

For those who have a lot of hardwood and tiled floors, it might be a good idea to purchase a high quality canister steam cleaner, as this will prevent dirt from building up in the first place.