Whether you’ve got tile floors or kitchen backsplashes, the grout between tiles can get pretty grimy, and it can be tough to know how to clean grout. However, with the right cleaning solution and a bit of elbow grease, you can get your grout looking fresh and brand new.
Understanding how tile grout gets dirty in the first place can be useful when picking the best grout cleaner. In the bathroom, for example, it’s usually mold or mildew causing the grout stains. In the kitchen, it could be a combination of food stains, general household traffic, and mildew. No matter what the cause of the staining, you should contact a professional before attempting to use harsh chemicals that can damage your tile and grout.
If you are determined to try heavy duty grout cleaners yourself there are a few rules to remember:
-Never use bleach on colored grout, as it will discolor the grout.
– Overusing bleach these heavy duty cleaners can damage your grout over time. They are only recommended for tough stains, not for regular upkeep.
-If you’re using commercial cleaners, bleach, or other chemicals, make sure the room you’re working in is well-ventilated.
– This is the strong stuff, so you need to use gloves and protective eyewear when working with any chemical-based cleaners, and never mix cleaners together. Chemical reactions can cause noxious fumes or burns if the mixture touches the skin.
If all of the home remedies fail to cut it, you can always call in a trained professional, such as PCS Niagara, to come and clean your grout and tile for you to ensure you use the right cleaner, materials, and tools to get your grout looking like new.
When your tile grout is completely clean, keep it looking fresh and new by applying a coat or two of grout sealer. There are various types of grout sealers available for different uses, such as floors or bathroom tile. Make sure you purchase the correct type of the room you’ll be applying it to. Reapply the grout sealer at least once a year, or as necessary.