It’s almost a given that tiles are going to get a little grubby regardless of how clean your home is. If tiles are in a wet area or a high-traffic area, that grime is going to be there a lot more.
But what can you do about it? How can you keep grout clean?
When it comes to tile and grout, the average homeowner has plenty of questions.
Thankfully, with a few tips and tricks, you can learn how to clean grout on your own so you can keep your bathroom looking great!
What You Need to Prepare
This task will require time and effort so be sure to prepare yourself for this job. Depending on how neglected the grouts are and how big is the area you need to cover, that’s how long this is going to need.
Make sure you have your tools and equipment ready before you start. You don’t want to go to the store in the middle of this project and go back thinking you have to start over.
The Tools You’ll Need
Depending on the type of grout you have in your home, the cleaning supplies you will need may vary. For example, if you have tile grout, you will need a grout sealer to help protect it from dirt and grout stains.
However, if you have cement grout, you won’t need a grout sealer. You will also need the following supplies:
- Grout brush
- Small toothbrush
- Soft sponge
- Gallon bucket
- Grout Sealant
The Steps to Take
Before you start, you need to make sure that the area you are working on is clean. Give it a mild cleaning with a mop and water. Start by using your bush and your tile cleaner.
You can also use natural cleaning materials like vinegar and water solution. Brush the grouts until you are decided on the outcome. Rinse them with water and be sure to dry them using a towel.
Drying the grout after washing them preserves its strength and will last longer. Finally, if your grout is compatible with grout sealers, you should apply them after cleaning.
Hiring a Professional
If you are looking for tips on how to keep your grout and tile cleaner, hiring a tile cleaning professional is always a great idea. By hiring a professional, you can be sure that they will have the knowledge and experience to clean your grout properly.
They will also be able to advise you on the best products to use to clean your grout and protect it from future damage. Normally, they will advise you on how to best maintain the grout after cleaning.
The Most Common Mistake in Keeping Your Grout Clean
One of the most common mistakes in making your grout clean is using the wrong cleaner. Some cleaners are too harsh and can damage the grout. Others are not strong enough and won’t remove the dirt and grime. Always test the cleaner on a small area first to make sure it won’t damage the grout.
Another mistake is scrubbing too hard. This can also damage the grout and leave it looking dull. Instead, use a soft brush or sponge and gentle, circular motions.
If you found these maintenance tips helpful, be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more helpful home ideas.