Your grout need cleaning again? Have you noticed that no matter how often you clean your tile, granite, or composite surfaces the it never seems to look clean? That’s because cleaning and whitening it requires specific action. This action doesn’t need to be taken every time you clean, but by doing it every now and then, you’ll notice a big difference.
Grout: Cleaning Supplies
- Hard Bristled Scrub Brush
- Spray Bottle
- Warm Water
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Rubber Gloves
Start Small—Work Up
If you’re like many homeowners, you like to keep harsh chemicals at bay. By starting small and working your way up to heavy duty cleaning, you can do exactly that.
Your first step is to purchase a scrub brush with hard bristles. You should wear gloves anytime you clean even if you are using products that are not harsh. Begin by using warm water and your scrub brush on areas where your grout is no longer white. Scrub in small circles and allow it to thoroughly dry to see the end result.
Vinegar and Water
If starting small with water and a scrub brush didn’t result in the clean and whiteness you’re seeking, it’s time to move on to a stronger method. This method is still 100% free of harsh chemicals.
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray on the dirty grout, allowing it to stand for about five minutes. Using the aforementioned scrub brush, scrub once again in a circular motion. Allow it to dry.
Baking Soda and Water
For super dirty or mildewed grout, another old cleaning standby comes out of your kitchen cabinet as well. Make a paste with baking soda and water and spread the paste on the dirty lines. Next, take your spray bottle of the vinegar and water mixture, and spray that on top of the baking soda paste.
You’ll see some instant foaming taking place. Once the foaming action stops, scrub with your scrub brush per the previous tips, and allow it to dry.
We’re bringing out the heavy ammunition now, if all else fails. For extremely dirty or moldy grout, make a paste from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Apply the paste to the lines and spray with the vinegar and water mixture. Once again, when the foaming ceases, wipe the mess away. The result will be it is significantly cleaner and whiter.
Don’t fret about using harsh cleaners when your grout becomes dirty and discolored. You likely have most everything you need to restore it to its clean and white state within your very own kitchen cabinets.