Do you see unusual stains in the lines between your tiles that would not go away? If so, perhaps your grout lines need some cleaning. These things need occasional cleaning to maintain their appeal.
As highly porous materials, grout lines absorb hard chemicals. As a result, they tend to catch stains over time. Here are some ways to remove stains in your tile grouts:
Water and brush
Grout absorbs hard chemicals, so start with water and stiff-bristled brush to be safe. Spray a generous amount of warm water in the lines and scrub them in a circular motion until the stains and dirt disappear. Let your tiles dry or wipe them with a towel.
White vinegar works well for heavier dirt and stains. Mix it with warm water in a bottle and spray the mixture on the grout lines. Leave the lines for 5 minutes and scrub them afterwards.
In case you don’t have white vinegar at home, use another common household product as a substitute – baking soda. It removes heavy dirt and stains in grout lines, as well. Make a paste from baking soda and mix it with water. Pour the solution on the grout lines whilst scrubbing them. Combine it with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar mixture for better results.
Chemicals are sometimes necessary for persistent dirt and stains. Apply oxygen bleach for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing with clean water. You may use chlorine bleach, but only sparingly. Hard chemicals cause grouts to deteriorate early. Follow the instructions and amounts prescribed by the manufacturer.
Use steam cleaners for your grout lines if you want eco-friendly and safe alternatives to hard chemicals. Run it in your tiles for a few minutes. Do it once a week thereafter to prevent dirt and stains from lingering in the lines.
Take note that it is still better to let a professional handle your grout problems. Giddyup Tile and Grout has a wealth of knowledge and experience ‘when it comes to grouts. We assess the grout’s condition and provide the best possible solution. Call us today to know more about our products and services.