A Few Tips to Make Cleaning Grout Easy


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Tile is easy on the eyes,  long-lasting in the home, and usually easy to clean. Cleaning grout, the glue that holds tiles together, is an entirely different story.

Most tile is light colored, which makes it an easy target for dirt, grime and staining. In heavy traffic areas such as an entryway or mudroom, grout can look extremely worn and discolored. Cleaning tile floors with regular soap and water when damp mopping does little to lift the dirt from grouted areas. In fact, even a full steam cleaning is not enough to restore your grout to pristine condition. So what can you do to clean the grout in your home? Is there anything quick and easy to use that will help?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. There are many ways to effectively clean grout surfaces with a few household products and some elbow grease.

A1A Cleaning has some solutions ranging from mild to heavy that will help you restore your grout. Our following grout cleaning tips are listed from the mildest to the strongest.

Grout Cleaning Tips

The best first step is start with plain ole water and a stiff-bristled brush. You can find a hard bristle brush at most hardware stores and even in some big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart as well. Simply coat the grout with warm water, let it soak in a bit, use the scrub brush to remove surface dirt and stains, wipe away the excess with a clean rag, and let it dry. As easy as it sounds, it will go a long way toward cleaning your home’s grout.  

If that first step does not work, add vinegar to the warm water to make a simple solution. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water, then repeat the steps above.

Need even more stain-fighting power to clean the grout in your home? Try combining baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste to set on the grout. To do this, simply combine 1 hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts baking soda. The idea is to make the paste thicker, rather than watery. If you over mix with hydrogen peroxide, simply add more baking soda to ensure the mixture is firm. Coat the grout with the paste, spray with your vinegar and water mixture for extra impact and repeat the first steps.

Of course, you can always use commercial cleaners like Clorox, Oxyclean and other brands to blast away any dirt and grime from the grout in your home. Even when using those more powerful solutions, be sure to combine them with your hard bristle brush to get your grout extra clean.

The best way to keep your grout clean is through regular maintenance. When cleaning your floors, kitchen, or bathroom, be sure to pay special attention to the grouted areas. A few spritzes and wipes a week will save you a lot of time and effort cleaning.

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