Where the heck did that goop come from? You know, that ugly looking mold or dirty collection of gunk that makes the tiles in your bathroom or wherever you have a wall of tile look sort of on the crappy side. Well, all is not lost. The last thing you need to do is remove the dirty grout with a sledgehammer. Mind you, in some cases it may be the most logical answer however, you do have other secret weapons at your disposal. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can clean that messy looking tile and grout making it look like new. Well, close to new anyway.
1 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Cheap, safe and natural. How can you beat words like that? Well, hydrogen peroxide is a useful disinfectant that does the trick when you use it. The best way to make hydrogen peroxide kick the crap out of tile and grout cleaning chores is by using a spray bottle mixture of half and half. That’s half water and half hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of dish soap. When you need to clean the grout, give it a squirt, let sit for about 15-minutes and then wipe the surface clean.
2 – Baking Soda
If you’ve ever wondered what you can do with old toothbrushes other than throwing them away, this is where you will want to keep them. With baking soda you make a paste by mixing it with water. Stir the mixture until it reaches the consistency of toothpaste. Are you seeing any kind of connection here? Then once you get the desired texture, spread some of that paste over the grout and let it sit for up to 15-minutes. After the time has passed, grab that nasty old toothbrush and scrub the baking soda paste as if you were giving the grout a good cleaning. Rinse with water and wipe with a damp towel.
3 – White Vinegar
Here’s another way to use vinegar other than for dipping your French fries. All you need is a dilution of two parts vinegar to one part water. Add a few drop of dish soap and place the entire mixture into a spray bottle. Spray some of the solution onto grout and let it stand (or sit) for up to 15-minutes. After the time has passed, prepare a damp sponge with baking soda and wipe the grout clean. The baking soda will act to neutralize the vinegar. After you have wiped the grout clean, follow with a rinse of clean water.
Cleaning Guidelines – Stuff You Need To Know Before You Clean
Funny how this section follows the parts that tell you different ways to clean tile and grout, isn’t it? Well, there’s a reason for it. The idea is to get you thinking about how easy you can do this job on your own. But before you tackle that grayish glob of stuff growing between your shower tiles you need to do some very important prep work. Here’s where we will cover those details for you.
Tools of The Trade
We’ve mentioned old toothbrushes already but it bears repeating. They are effective in getting into nooks and crannies and can actually ‘brush’ your grout clean. The same can be said about a stiff nylon brush. Do not use metal bristles of any kind. They will scratch the grout and they will scratch the tile. The last thing you need in a groove carved into grout as all that does is encourage bacteria growth by giving it a place to move in and expand.
Other Valuable Tips To Keep In Mind
Before you start any work on tile and grout cleaning be sure that the work surface is clean. This means wiping down wall tiles and grout with a water rinse. This helps to remove any kind of loose debris that may still be sitting on the surface. Also, clean floor tiles by vacuuming or sweeping as this will also remove any loose debris.
Not sure that your cleaning method is going to work? There is a simple way to do a test before you launch into a large tile and grout restoration project. Select a location of your wall or floor tile that isn’t the center of attention. Go ahead and clean a small section of that area and see what kind of results are produced. If the cleaning is successful you can tackle more area. If it is not successful, bring in the heavy equipment for the destruction phase. Okay, we didn’t really mean that part.
As tempting as it may be to use chlorine bleach on colored grout remember these words: You are using bleach!!! As awesome a job chlorine bleach can produce in tile and grout restoration the problem with using it on colored grout is that it is grout that contains a color pigment. Bleach is going to cause a problem by creating a discoloration that is going to cost you some extra dining out meals to smooth the damage over with your significant other. Trust us on that.
One more interesting tip for you: if your grout happens to be in granite or natural stone there is something you need to avoid. That is using household cleaners as your cleaning solutions. That’s because they contain chemicals that are harmful to stone.
In Case You Get To Your Last Resort
We never said that tile and grout cleaning was going to be easy. Nor did we say it was going to be fun. But what happens if none of your handy DIY cleaners don’t really do the job for you? Well, you can always turn to a professional. That’s right, there is such a thing as a grout cleaning company. In fact, we are one. For assistance on that nasty grout issue working its way up the wall of your shower or sauna, why not get us involved? We can take care of the situation and fix your grout problem easily. Contact us today.