How to Clean Tile Grout

August 14, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

When you clean the tile floors in your kitchen or bathroom, make sure you don’t forget about the grout! Grout is an extremely porous material when dry, meaning it will absorb debris, grease and grime more than the finished tiles are likely to. This can make it a bit challenging to keep it clean, but also that much more important that you do so.

Plus, if you’ve ever seen dirty grout lines in a floor, you know just how much it can detract from the floor’s overall appearance. So, if you know you’re going to be scrubbing the floor, you should give those grout lines some TLC of their own.

Here’s a quick overview of the most important steps for tile grout cleaning in Monroe County, PA:

  • Create your own cleaner: You’ll likely encounter a wide range of commercial grout cleaners on the market, but don’t waste your money on these—you’re completely capable of making your own cleaner at home that will be just as effective while costing you less money and not being as harsh on the grout. A simple paste with baking soda and water should be all you need to effectively clean the grout and refresh its appearance.
  • Scrub: Apply the baking soda and water paste to the grout. Rub it on, then let it sit overnight before you come back in the morning and scrub it with a stiff nylon brush. The use of a nylon brush is important here—harder brushes like metal will damage the grout, which could, in turn, cause some of the tiles to begin lifting up and make it more likely they will sustain damage. You can repeat this process as necessary to make sure you’re getting the grout sufficiently clean.
  • Seal: Once the grout is satisfactorily clean, you can apply a silicone-based sealer to your grout lines to prevent future stains from setting in. You should make sure you do this within 10 to 14 days after grout is installed or cleaned/renewed to get the best results.

It really is that simple. There are some other methods for grout cleaning that you are likely to encounter on the internet, but this is by far the simplest one.

Some people and professionals recommend using steam cleaners or steam mops for deep cleaning of your tile and grout. While some say this is a good way to clean tile that appears dingy and discolored, others say it could potentially damage your grout over a long period of time. Generally speaking, you don’t need to worry about steam mops harming grout that is in good condition, but if you know your grout is older or damaged, you should avoid steam cleaning, as it could exacerbate the wear the grout has already experienced.

Interested in learning more about some of the best tips and tricks for cleaning tile grout in Monroe County, PA? We encourage you to contact The Floor Source with any questions you have for our professionals. We look forward to working with you.

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