Knowing some basic grout stain removal techniques for anyone with tile is necessary. Because grout is porous it absorbs dirt, grease and spillages on your tile floors.
On walls especially in damp, dark areas like your bathroom or shower stalls, the grout becomes very unsightly and dirty due to mildew, mold and lime scale.
Even when your bathroom sparkles because it is so clean, a tiny patch of mold and mildew makes it feel dirty. Mold and mildew love damp, dark warm areas and if left unchecked, will spread and start to take over your bathroom.
The acid formulated soaps and shampoos we use also stains and discolors the grout. The best way to keep your grout clean and looking its best is to apply a grout sealer once you have cleaned the grout thoroughly. Always wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when cleaning grout.
Making your own grout stain remover is often a safer alternative than buying commercial products. It is also less expensive and easy to make and use. You will be pleasantly surprised at how effective, economical and simple this is.
* In a bucket or bowl, mix one part bleach and one part baking soda together. Generously pat this paste onto your grout and leave it sit for a few minutes. Use a grout brush, cleaning brush or old toothbrush to scrub the grout. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
* Clean your floor tiles with two tablespoons of borax, two tablespoons of ammonia and a gallon of warm water. Always vacuum or sweep the floor before washing. Use a micro-fiber mop or string mop to clean the ceramic tiles and grout and not a sponge mop.
A sponge mop pulls the dirt into the tracts and grout between the tiles. If your floor is small and you are using a cloth to clean the tiles, always wash in a circular motion. Use a small brush to clean stubborn grout stains.
* Another great, grout stain removal solution is one cup of warm water and three cups of baking soda. Mix these together in a bowl until smooth and apply the paste onto your stained or dirty grout. Scrub with an old toothbrush, sponge or grout brush and rinse thoroughly.
* Fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray directly onto the moldy or stained grout. Wait for about half an hour and repeat if necessary.
After you finish your grout stain removal and the grout is clean, apply a grout sealer to keep it from becoming stained and unsightly in the future.