Simple solutions for grout cleaning

Grout, a sealant used in between tiles to hold them into place and keep moisture out of the crevices, is often a lighter color than the surrounding tiles and can easily make the rest of the floor look very dirty if it doesn’t get a routine grout cleaning. In addition, grout is often a magnet for mold and mildew growth. However, the grooves the grout forms make it especially hard to deep clean, which makes grout cleaning difficult.  Here are some simple ways to get rid of grout, using everyday household cleaners that are both uncomplicated and affordable.

Bleach and Water

Oxygen bleach is one of the newest and most effective cleaning solutions that can achieve good grout cleaning results and can be bought at almost any home improvement store. Mix the bleach according to the package directions, layer it on the wall and leave it to soak, typically for about a half hour. For greater precision  use a toothbrush or scrub brush to apply the bleach. Or use a mop or rag to remove the solution, rinse the tiles with clean water, and repeat the processes as needed until the grout is as clean as new. Another option would be using a bleach pen to get in between the tiles to clean the grout.

Baking Soda

One of the most helpful grout cleaning solutions that both cleans and deodorizes grout and makes tiles shine, is baking soda. When using this solution, pour water on the grout, sprinkle baking soda over the area, let it sit for a few minutes, then use an old toothbrush or grout brush to scrub the area, and lastly rinse it with a wet sponge. Perhaps the best quality about baking soda is that it’s non-toxic, so it won’t irritate skin and it’ll be harmless if it comes into contact with another member of your family after using it to perform grout cleaning.

Cleaning Mildew

Since grout is porous and absorbs water, it doesn’t take long for the humidity to cause fungi, such as mildew, to grow in the grout. A typical mildew remover is generally effective to rid your floors of mildew during grout cleaning, but be sure to try it out in a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that it won’t stain the floor tiles. The same is true for bleach and water, or baking soda, which also can be used to kill mildew. For a less harmful option, use plain white vinegar to get rid of the most stubborn mildew stains while grout cleaning. Just apply the vinegar to the stain and scrub at it until the stain disappears.

When These Tips Don’t Work…

If none of these solutions work to get rid of the dirt, buildup, mold or mildew in your grout, call in a professional who can use powerful chemicals to complete your grout cleaning. Or, replace the grout completely. This isn’t always the only solution, but a cleaning professional will be able to consult you on how to best fix the problem.

Call Ambassador Cleaning  today to get the best grout cleaning services available.

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