Grout used between tile is a mixture of cement, color, and sand. If not properly maintained by sealing and cleaning grout will become discolored and full of mold and mildew.
Dirt and grime will collect porous holes on the grout surface and if it is not sealed, the grout will discolor because there is no protective sealer which covers, fills and permeates the porous surface.
When mopping, your tile grout basically cleans the dirty mop by allowing the dirt in the mop water to fill in the tiny holes.
How To Clean Grout? Carefully and using this tips:
The best way to clean it is to use liquid extraction to loosen the dirt from the grout and use a dry vacuum to pull the dirt back up and out of the holes. The best way to minimize dirty grout is to lay the tile close together to have very thin and narrow grout lines.
Seal the grout with a very good grout sealer. If you elect not to seal the grout, you will have a very nasty mess in a short amount of time. If you don’t protect your grout with a sealer, it will become dirty and very difficult to maintain. Also use floor mats in your door ways to help keep the floors clean. And last but not least, it’s a good idea to remove your shoes before entering your home.
Tile and Grout Cleaners
This is a great homemade tile and grout cleaner that is safe for frequent use. It also works well for removing soap scum and cleaning tile counters.
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of white vinegar
7 cups of water
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix. Do not use this in conjunction with chlorine bleach or where chlorine bleach has been used. Simply spray it on and then wipe with a damp sponge or cloth. No rinsing required.
Mold and Mildewed Grout Cleaner
Mildewed grout cleaner in tub and shower:
Scrub with a solution of one part liquid chlorine bleach to five parts water. Use a bristle brush and agitate. Let sit for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Cleaning Grout Haze on Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
Grout used between tile is actually cement. Here’s what the grout manufactures recommend to do if this happens. New applications of grout takes 3 full days to cure, so make sure the grout is fully cured first.
Go to a home improvement store in your area and pick up a sulfuric-acid cleaner, it can also be called a grout haze remover. When applied, the strong acid will break up the haze and you can wash it away. Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
If this does not do the trick, you could also purchase a pumice stone and use plenty of water and a very light touch for abrasive removal of the grout haze.
Hope you enjoyed reading this tips! Let’s get to work now!
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