How do I get grout clean?
Grout is the white (or sometimes colored) concrete mixture between the tiles in your home. However easy it is to clean your tiles, cleaning grout is a little more difficult to keep up.
There are many options available to clean the grout between your tiles, however some of those options may be damaging to the grout.
Hydrogen peroxide may be a very effective way to remove the dirt and grime from the grout. However, this process may be also a bit time consuming.
Where bleach is an option that is often used, it can remove the coloring from the grout in addition to possibly ruin surrounding rugs, carpet etc. So, only use bleach if your grout is white, and if you clean it well after so as not to track it onto your carpets. If the grout is white, and bleaching the grout is done carefully, this oxidization process may be all right.
There has also been mention of baking soda or vinegar to bring up the stains in your grout. However baking soda and vinegar seen to be a very time consuming and laboring process, that involve much scrubbing, and often do little more than plain old water.
One of the most proven and safest methods of removing mold and stains from your grout is to get a powdery product that is called oxygenated bleach. This solution is easily mixed and then applied to the grout.
Oxygenated bleach is sodium percarbonate, it is also an excellent detergent and bleaching detergent based on hydrogen peroxide. It has a great cleaning and bleaching agent at normal temperature, and has strong fungicide effect.
The make up of this white chemical powder is not only non-toxic but it contains no contaminants, is non-flammable, non-explosive, easy to get damp, and dissolves easily in water.
Oxygen bleach is excellent for cleaning and removing organic stains, and since many kitchens are tiled, their grout is likely full of organic stains.
When cleaning grout find a cleaner that has no smells or toxins, which would be offensive to your nose or eyes.
When using a mixture, follow the instructions on the bottle. For example, when using oxygenated bleach do the following:
- Simply mix with warm water.
- Once dissolved, you soak articles in the solution or apply with a sprayer, mop or brush.
- Let the mixture sit for 60 minutes, then clean the floor by mopping with warm water.
The average cost for these types of cleaning products is less than $20.00.
The cleaning of your grout is a process that should be done yearly. There are also products that can be applied to resist color changes and staining to your grout.
Often times if you seal your grout, you will avoid stains and have the advantage of cleaning it less often. Some of these grout sealers can be applied to a wet damp floor where others will require a dry floor. You will want to research which sealer is going to give you the look you want.
Some types of grout sealer breathe naturally so a "still wet" installation can be allowed to dry out even after the sealer is applied.
However, some sealers lock in the moisture as they lock out the stains, so make sure which type of sealer you are selecting and the proper technique of application.
With what ever you use to clean your grout and protect your grout, you will want to take care to completely read the instructions from the manufacturer.
Another option that may be a bit longer lasting is to have a professional clean your grout. The professionals have the proper high-powered equipment to resolve the stains from the grout.
Steam cleaning is one of the newest technologies that take a tool that applies a high-pressure water vapor to clean grout. These tools will work to remove dirt, grease, and stains while avoiding the use of harsh chemicals, which can harm your floors over time.
In addition, this process also provides a deeper grout cleaning by removing mold and mildew. This in affect is going to leave your grout not only sparkling, but sanitary as well.