Tile floors add a classic elegance to any home and are popular in kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. One important aspect in maintaining your tile is your grout. Grout is what helps to keep your tile connected to each other and to the floor of your home. It helps to strengthen your floors and provide structural support to your home. However, it is not one of the more pleasant items to clean. As you embark on your spring cleaning, we thought it might be a good idea to give you some suggestions on how you can get your grout as clean as possible. This will not only help to protect your investment but provide for a happier home! Read on to get your grout the cleanest it’s ever been!
- Pick a Cleaning Solution
The first step is to pick a cleaning solution. While you will be cleaning your grout, you’ll still be cleaning your tiles as well. For more sensitive tiles like marble or slate, it is sometimes best to just use water. Even vinegar or lemon can leave behind a residue or discolor your tiles. For porcelain or ceramic tiles, a mix of water, vinegar, and lemon can work wonders.
Other natural solutions include a baking soda paste with water. For extra cleaning power try bleach or even bleach pens for targeted action.
- Pick Your Weapon
By weapon, we mean your cleaning tool. Toothbrushes and towels are good choices for grout. Toothbrushes are a great way to really target your grout especially if you’ve already given your tiles a good clean. If you are looing for a bit more power, without the sweat value, try a cheap electric toothbrush. Before you have a go at your grout, vacuum or dust to remove any large debris and dirt.
- Dry it Up
Once you’ve removed any dirt and stains from your grout, don’t forget to wipe away the cleaning solution with clean water. Dry up the majority of the water, as you don’t want to take a chance on ruining your tiles or cause a slip, and let your floor and grout air dry.
Consider re-sealing your grout, especially if you haven’t done so in a while. This will help to prevent stains and protect your floors.
There you have it! All you need are three easy steps to get your grout clean and looking like new. Need to see some tile or grout samples for yourself? Give Floor Coverings International Kennesaw a call today! We even bring the samples straight to you.