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5 Tips on Cleaning Grout

Reduce any Stained Appearance and Improve the Look of Your Tiles!


If your beautiful tiles are spoiled by the dirty appearance of the grout - then these tips on cleaning grout are for you.

Kitchens and bathrooms look lovely with fresh new tile. However, for them to remain that way you must follow some very good tips on cleaning grout.

There are many different types of tiles such as granite, ceramic, marble and slate. With the vast array of materials, patterns and styles, there are tiles available to fit everyone's taste.

No matter what tile type you choose, particularly ceramic or slate - it is extremely hard-wearing and almost indestructible. What ends up taking away from the tiles beauty and makes it look old, is cracked and/or stained grout.

The good news is that by following a few tips on cleaning grout, you can maintain your tile and have it remain looking wonderful.

Grout is usually a mixture of cement, sand and water that they use to seal joints between tiles.

Three of the main varieties of grout include:

  1. Flooring grout
  2. Cement or epoxy-based tiling grout
  3. Resin grout

Because grout is porous, it can become stained and ruin the look or your countertop, flooring or shower. To restore or retain the grouts original appearance requires occasional cleaning.

Even grout, treated with special sealers, requires care and another sealing application from time to time.

Let us begin...

Be sure to cover any areas with a drop cloth, such as carpets, wear rubber gloves and open a window when cleaning your grout.

Be sure that no matter what type of grout cleaner you use, it is safe for your type of tile and grout.

Here are 5 tips on grout cleaning that will make your work a little easier.

  1. If you have a very large area of grout to clean or it is extremely dirty, your best solution may be hiring a professional with proper equipment. A new method they use is steam-cleaning grout using high-pressure vapor. Not only does it deep clean the grout and remove grease, stains and dirt but also removes mildew, mold and sanitizes.
  2. Combine baking soda with a small amount of white vinegar and use a small brush or old toothbrush to scrub your grout, and then rinse with warm water.
  3. Use a silicon-based grout sealer and apply one or two coats to dry grout. Apply this to all the grout lines to protect them from water and stain damage.
  4. Spray shaving cream on stained grout, leave it on for a few minutes and scrub with a small brush.
  5. For stubborn stains on light colored grout, make a paste of baking soda and straight peroxide. When the bubbling stops, apply this mixture to the stain and leave it on for approximately ten minutes. Scrub with a small brush and rinse.

By following a few easy tips on cleaning grout and spending a little time cleaning it, your tile will look as wonderful as the day you had the tiles installed.

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