How does it feel entering a house with untidy tiles? Awful, isn’t it? One of the secrets to good and clean looking tile floors is clean grout. While you cannot make out if the grout is black, dirt and grime on white grouts are easy to spot and makes the floor seem very untidy even if it has just been cleaned.
There is no doubt that regular cleaning is extremely critical to ensure the cleanliness of a tile floor. Regular maintenance will help in slowing down the discoloration process and prevent the growth of mould. While most commercial cleaning products are effective enough and offer good result, it might not be enough to clean the white grout. Here are few easy tips to ensure that your kitchen, bathroom, and living room floor tiles and grout is spic and span, and the grout remains glistening white in colour all the time.
Homemade Grout Cleaner Using Baking Soda and Bleach
Mix 3/4 C baking soda and 1/4 C bleach together in a bowl to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stained grout lines and leave it for half an hour. It is recommended that you scrub brush the grout after 15 minutes so that it penetrates deeper. Rinse off with warm water after another 15 minutes. Use a moist cloth or rag to wipe off if it is difficult to wash it off.
Make sure to keep all windows open and ensure to wear an old cloth that you don’t want any more. There will be quite a bit of splatter ever if you are extremely careful.
Vinegar and Water Solution
Spray nicely a solution of vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio on the affected area using a spray bottle. Scrub the area with a scrub brush after five minutes. Dipping a toothbrush in the mixture and scrubbing the area works well too. Rinse the area with warm water.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix baking soda and vinegar solution to make a fine paste. Spread the paste on the affected area, covering all the grout using a toothbrush. The vinegar will cause the soda to bubble up and will begin to work on the grout. Wait for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. Ensure that you don’t leave it for too long as the dirt will settle back into the grout.
Conventional Method to Clean Grout
If you do not mind the smell of chlorine bleach, dip a toothbrush in the bleach and scrub the grout thoroughly. Leave the bleach on the grout for an hour or two, especially on tough stains. Make sure that the windows are open and well ventilated to avoid toxins from settling down.
The next step would be to wipe the floor using a solution of baking soda and water to remove the smell of chlorine. Once that’s done, mop the floor with clean water. This procedure must be repeated periodically to ensure that the floor tile and grout in clean and sparkling.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
If you have tried everything above and the stains on the grout refuse to go, try hydrogen peroxide. Spray it on the stained grout and leave it for a few minutes. Scrub the area with a scrub brush or tooth brush. Using a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is sure to make the stains disappear. Leave it for some time and rinse with warm water. Repeat this a few times in a month and the grout stains will be gone.
Oxygen Bleach to Treat Stained Grout
Even though hydrogen peroxide is a form of oxygen bleach, it is usually sold in diluted forms, making it less effective in cleaning heavily stained grouts. Oxygen bleach is less toxic in comparison to chlorine bleach, lacks strong odour, and is environmentally safe. Oxiclean and Biokleen cleansers have a high percentage of oxygen bleach and are available in powder forms. Mix it with water to form a thick paste and apply it on the grout. Allow it to stay for 10 minutes and then scrub the grout lines using a tooth brush. Use a damp cloth to wipe off immediately to avoid the dirt from settling back into the grout.
Daily Cleaning Using Professional Floor Cleansers
While all the above-mentioned methods should be repeated periodically, you must still clean the floor tiles daily using professional floor cleansers that are available in the market. Using floor cleansers on a daily basis ensures that there are no tough stains on the floor and grout. Once you accomplish this, periodical cleaning of grout will not be too exhausting.