How To Clean Your Grout & Keep it Clean
Our grout is one of the dirtiest parts of our home. This is because it’s in a high traffic area and doesn’t see much sunlight. But if we want to keep our homes clean, we need to be diligent about cleaning the grout! In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean your grout and make it look like new again!
Most homeowners can clean grout on their own with these steps:
1. Mix Baking Soda and Water
Baking soda and water is a great solution for removing any mold, mildew or dirt. Simply mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water until you have created a paste-like consistency and then use it to scrub away at the grout.
Make sure not to leave this mixture on your tile for too long as it can damage certain types of tiles! If you’re using natural stone tiles, make sure to try a small test area first before applying the mixture to avoid any damage.
Remember that it’s always best practice to spot clean rather than cleaning large surfaces all at once! This will help prevent over-drying or damaging your grout.
2. Use a Toothbrush to Scrub
Toothbrushes are great for getting into small crevices or spaces where dirt can start to build up. If you have a toothbrush handy, simply dip it in your baking soda mixture and scrub away at the grout!
Remember that while this method is effective, it’s also easier said than done especially if you’re dealing with older grout that has been stained from years of dirt and dust getting trapped in the corners.
If you’re dealing with a job this big, it’s important to think about your tools! In order to be as efficient as possible while cleaning your tile, make sure to have a bucket full of water nearby because after scrubbing away at the grout, you’ll need to use clean water and a toothbrush or cloth to help rinse away any of the baking soda mixture.
3. Rinse Off the Grout With Clean Water and Pat Dry
If you’ve already finished scrubbing the grout clean, make sure to use a bucket or bowl of water and some kind of brush or cloth (like an old t-shirt) to rinse away any remaining trace of baking soda.
This is especially important in order to prevent your surface from drying out which can cause discoloration over time.
It’s always best practice to go over the area after you’ve cleaned it in order to make sure that all of the baking soda has been rinsed away. The only way for your tile or grout to look beautiful and new will be by ensuring that no residue is left behind!
After this step, simply pat dry with a towel or cloth and let your grout air dry.
4. Apply Grout Sealant
Grout sealant is an extra layer of protection against dirt, mold and mildew which can cause damage to your tiles over time. If you’re going for a more natural look or simply don’t want something as strong on your grout, a simple coat of olive oil is also effective in sealing it!
Make sure that after applying the sealant that you wait 24 hours before walking on your newly cleaned grout.
This step is also important for preventing any damage to the tiles themselves! If you have a tile or stone floor, it’s not recommended that you use chemicals because they can strip away at the finish over time and cause discoloration. In this case, it’s best practice to stick with using natural products like oils or baking soda in order to avoid any damage.
5. Wait 24 Hours Before Walking On the Freshly Cleaned Grout
After cleaning your grout, it’s important to wait 24 hours before putting any pressure on the surface. This will allow all of that moisture and chemical residue to evaporate so you won’t be in danger of slipping if you’re walking around barefoot. If you have pets or kids running across your newly cleaned tile floor, this is even more important because you don’t want anyone to slip and fall!
The 24 hour waiting period is also important if you’re sealing your grout as it will allow for the sealant to fully dry . If not, this could cause damage over time.
6. Repeat Process as Needed!
What Should I Do To Protect My New Flooring?
If you have just installed new tile, you will want to make sure that it stays looking like new. The best way to protect your tile is with grout sealant! This can be applied every six months or so and should only take about an hour of your time, which is much less than the cost of having to replace damaged flooring due to mold growth or staining! The more often you seal the grout, the better it will hold up throughout the years.
If your home is older, you may find that the grout has turned black due to high amounts of mold. If this is the case, try using bleach instead! Simply mix a few tablespoons with water and scrub away any stains. If the grout lines are too dirty to handle, call a professional cleaning company to do the job for you. Here at DNA Pro Clean, we offer all types of flooring and upholstery cleaning.
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