You love the sparkle on your tile floors and kitchen back splash but you hate the grimy dirt tucked in between the grout. Here are 5 ways to keep it clean.
You don’t have to resort to buying expensive chemicals just to make your grout look like new again.
Here are 5 easy DIY solutions made from common household products to magically clean tile grout – stains and all.
1. Bleach Foam Spray
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of oxygenated bleach in 2 cups of warm water. Spray down the really icky areas so you can give yourself a good head start before you tackle scrubbing. Use regular spray foam cleaner with bleach and let it do its magic for about half an hour or so before you bust out the elbow grease.
2. Ammonia and Distilled White Vinegar
Use 1:1 ratio of ammonia to distilled white vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Spray on grout and let it sit for about an hour. Use the scouring side of a sponge to remove the dirt and grime on the tile grout.
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
An all-natural cleaner you can mix up from your pantry can do wonders to your tile grout and prove to be non-toxic even for your kids and pets. Create a mixture of one half baking soda and one half of vinegar. Pour mixture into a cleaning spray bottle and spray on your grout. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes before you put your favorite scrubbing tool to work.
4. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
This paste mixture can turn your tile grout from gross and grimy to all shining and sparkling. Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Use an old toothbrush to spread it on the lines then let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
5. Lemon Juice
Got some extra-dark stains? Squeeze lemon juice onto the stain, let it soak in, and then scrub away. Use this only for those stubborn areas because it can damage the tile’s texture or finish.
For those looking for something that does not involve any solution mentioned above, here are 5 easy steps to clean tile grout in a jiffy.
- Buy from your local hardware store a few sheets of sandpaper, grit 80-120 (medium) for best results.
- Remove all appliances, equipment or items from your kitchen or bathroom floor so you can scrub away without any disruption.
- Sand off carefully in between the tiles – no worries, they won’t harm your tiles.
- Vacuum all the dust and dirt away caused by sanding.
- Wipe off the tiles with a wet cotton cloth.
Here are a few more pro tips:
- Cleaning colored grout should be done with extra caution and special care.
Bleaching agents can do damage to the colored grout’s texture and finish.
- An electric multitool, like the Dremel Mult-Max, can help in removing old grout
quickly and safely.
- If after you've tried all of the abovementioned instructions and the stain is still
hanging strong, maybe it is time to remove the old grout and replace it with new.
If are considering retiling, there are lots of options. Here is a good list to start with: https://www.tileshop.com/category/tile/floor+tile+material.do .