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Cleaning Grout

Cleaning Grout

Tile floors are beautiful, long-lasting, and easy to care for, except for cleaning grout. Tile is non-porous and durable, thus easy to clean. The grout between the tile is not.

Grout is basically concrete and isn’t waterproof or stain proof. Even if you use colored grout, it can become stained and thus leave your entire floor, counter, or shower looking dirty. You may have sealed the grout also, but eventually it will need to be cleaned.

Cleaning grout is hard work. Its surface tends to collect dirt, grime that’s tracked in, and spills on counter tops. In bathrooms, soap, mildew, and mold can make cleaning grout difficult.

If you want to try cleaning grout yourself, there are some things you can try. First, any time you’re doing this kind of job yourself, test whatever you’re going to use on a spot that’s hidden. Also, start with the mildest solution possible and work up from there if needed.

Possibly best is to start with just water and a good brush with fairly stiff bristles. You can buy these kinds of brushes in just about any good hardware or home store. Spray warm water on the grout and begin scrubbing in a circular motion.

When cleaning grout that’s maybe more stained, you can use a solution of baking soda and water. Make a paste from 3 parts baking soda and one part water. Put the paste on the grout lines with your finger. Then, make a mix of water and white vinegar in a one-to-one solution in a spray bottle. Spray this on the paste on the grout lines. Keep in mind vinegar may hurt some natural stone surfaces, so be sure to check with an expert on this. Once you spray the vinegar solution, you’ll see it start bubbling. When it stops after a few minutes, scrub the grout lines with your brush. When you’re done, rinse with plain water. Change this water often so you don’t spread any of the paste and vinegar over the surface.

For cleaning grout the best you can do yourself, rent a steam cleaner.

To keep your grout clean, spray it with vinegar and wipe it down weekly. Alcohol is also something you can use to keep mold and mildew away.

Hiring a professional is the best way to assure cleaning grout is done right.  Whatever your cleaning need, contact Joyce Janitorial in Laconia, NH, today. They have the training and equipment to clean your home or business with an emphasis on getting rid of stains on grout lines. Call 603-524-8533 today.