clean grout

Do you only clean your floors when they look dirty? If so, you are among the 52% of Americans making a grave mistake.

Even if your floors appear clean, there are sections of the floor that are commonly neglected to the detriment of the tiles. This is especially true when it comes to floor grouting.

While getting down on your knees to clean grout may not be fun, grout is a porous material that can accumulate dirt, mold, bacteria, water, and more. This can result in discoloration, cracks in your tiles, and more damage to your floor.

The good news is that grout cleaning doesn’t have to be so difficult. Here are seven simple ways to clean grout.

1. Scrub With Warm Water

If your grout isn’t too dirty, cleaning can be as simple as using warm water and a scrub brush. However, remember that too much water built up in the grout can lead to mildew. To prevent this, don’t let the water sit for too long, and make sure you are resealing your grout annually.

2. Mix Vinegar and Baking Soda

A safe way to clean grout can include warm water, white vinegar, and baking soda. A little lemon juice can also be added for some extra cleaning power.

Spray the mixture onto the grout, and let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing.

3. Use a Commercial Grout Remover

Grout cleaners come in spray and wipe or scour in brush forms. The spray options don’t require scrubbing, but the harsh chemicals could be harmful or discolor your floors.

Using a brush cleanser is more time-consuming, but it is highly effective with stained and soiled grout.

4. Use Hydrogen Peroxide

Using hydrogen peroxide may be your best option if you have a few mild to moderate stains. You can use it straight or mix it with water or baking soda.

5. Use Bleach

This method should be used with caution, as bleach is harsh. Moreover, using it wrong can cause tile discoloration. Don’t use this method if you have darker tiles.

Mix one part bleach with four parts water. Make sure the room is well-ventilated before applying the bleach. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing.

6. Steam-Clean Your Grout

Unlike other grout cleaning options, this one doesn’t require you to get down on your knees to scrub. Furthermore, it’s an effective way to eliminate any tough stains, including those on your grout or tiles.

7. Keep Up the Cleaning

Your best option is to prevent your grout from becoming too dirty in the first place. Keeping your grout clean is as easy as pouring rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wiping the grout and tiles. This will kill any growing bacteria or spores and ensure your grout stays clean.

Get Clean Grout From Professionals

While all of these methods can clean grout effectively, they still require some hard work. Moreover, if your grout is filthy, you may not know the best method to take or if underlying issues need to be dealt with. If this has you worried, it’s time to bring in the professionals.

Our team at Quality Care Carpet Cleaning can assess your grout to determine if it’s even worth saving. If it is, we will happily remove even the toughest stains, saving you from the headache of regrouting. Contact us today and let us save your grout.