Tile and grout are found in nearly every household. More often than not, it is found in the bathrooms and kitchens. Caring for tile and grout can be a bit of a challenge with how porous grout in particular is. Even with diligent cleaning, the tile and grout will appear dull and dingy. With that in mind, we at Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning would like to share a few methods on getting that quality clean for your tile and grout.
Tile & Grout Cleaning Supplies
To get started, collect the following:
– Spray bottle
– Mixing bucket or bowl
– Grout/scrub brush
– Extra toothbrush dedicated for cleaning purposes only
– Baking soda
– Hydrogen peroxide
Baking Soda Tile & Grout Cleaning Method
– Combine water and baking soda together to create a paste in your bucket or bowl.
– Apply the paste generously to the grout.
– With your preferred scrubbing brush, work the paste into the grout and allow it to soak in for 15 minutes.
– Apply the vinegar solution (equal parts of warm water and vinegar) before rinsing.
– After the bubbling has ceased, scrub the grout with your brush again.
– Rinse well with warm water.
– Pat dry with a towel.
Hydrogen Peroxide Tile & Grout Cleaning Method
Tough stains can be absolved with the hydrogen solution, but please take note that hydrogen peroxide has the ability to lighten color. To ensure there isn’t a drastic discoloration, perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area.
– Spray concentrated hydrogen peroxide generously directly on your grout and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes.
– Using firm circular motion with your scrub brush, lift away the stains.
– Rinse with warm water.
– Repeat until stain is dissolved.
– If the stain persists, make a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
– See baking soda method and follow the steps with this paste.
– Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
– Pat dry with a clean dry towel.
Vinegar Tile & Grout Cleaning Method
– Combine equal parts of vinegar and water, and mix well in a spray bottle.
– Generously apply the solution, on tile and grout and let it soak in for approximately 5 to 15 minutes.
– Scrub the grout in circular patterns, using your brush.
– Rinse well with warm water.
– Pat dry.
Avoid Scrubbing Tile & Grout
To avoid putting in hard work, sweat, and elbow grease; following a professional tile and grout cleaning, take the below maintenance steps and implement them in your regular routine.
– Spray down your tile and grout with the equal water and vinegar solution three times a week or more. Be sure to label your spray bottle with vinegar to avoid any mishaps.
Note: If you have large areas of tile and grout, working the cleaning can be more organized if you use methodical grid patterns for cleaning. Apply a section at a time with the solution, after you agitate your preferred mixture and it needs to set for additional time, apply the solution to the next gridded section and repeat until the tile and grout are fully cleaned.