Stained grouting is enough to make any otherwise pristine room look unhygienic and dingy as if it hasn’t been cleaned for ages. If you have had enough of dirty grout and are ready to invest the time and elbow grease it takes to get rid of it, having the proper tools for the job will make the task much easier.
Below is a list of the most effective grout cleaning tools and all-natural DIY grout cleaning products for your consideration. We also give you instructions on how to use these tools and products for the best results.
First an important note: Because grout is a porous material, over time it can dry out causing it to crumble – especially if the job was not done correctly in the first place. Before using any of the tools, methods, and products recommended here you should do a spot test. If the grouting holds you can proceed.
Effective Grout Cleaning Tools and Products
Grout cleaning tools are inexpensive and many of the products we recommended you probably already have in your home. Here are some of the best options for you to try out.
• Grout Cleaning Tools
- A grout cleaning brush can be found at almost any hardware store.
- An old toothbrush for use on stubborn spots. If you are determined to start immediately but don’t have a grout-cleaning brush, a toothbrush will work just as well and to speed up the process you can use an electric one.
- A small plastic chisel to save your manicure and a great deal of time.
- A steam cleaning machine. This is probably the easiest way to clean and brighten grout and tiles. Simply apply the steam and wipe away the dirt with a microfiber cloth. This is the gentlest method of cleaning and ideal for renters concerned with their security deposit.
• Grout Cleaning Products
There is a wide variety of heavy-duty grout cleaning products available on the market as well as special grout-cleaning pens. However, it is easy to make your own DIY solutions at home. It is always a good idea to start with milder homemade cleaners before bringing in the hard-hitters to tackle stubborn stains.
- Vinegar and Water
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle for a simple but effective grout cleaner. However, this solution should never be used on stone walls, tiles or floors.
- Liquid Detergent and Baking Soda
Tackle grimy grout with a paste made by mixing ½ cup of baking soda mixed with 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid. If the solution dries out just add a little more dishwashing liquid.
- Water and Baking Soda
Instead of liquid detergent mix one part of water with two parts of baking soda for the paste.
The Grout Cleaning Process
Use the following instructions with any of the cleaning solutions mentioned above and don’t forget to spot test first.
- Apply the cleaner to the grout by spraying or using a soft cloth to apply the paste.
- Allow the solution to remain on the grout for a time. A vinegar solution will need to stay on for at least 30 minutes while a baking soda paste will need only 10 to 15 minutes to work.
- Gently scrub the grout lines with a grout cleaning tool like a brush or toothbrush or use the chisel tool.
- After you have scrubbed a section, rinse the residue away with clear water.
- If the grout still looks dingy you may have to use a more intensive grout-cleaning chemical.
Caution – Before switching over to a stronger commercial grout cleaning product, make sure you are aware of which cleaners should never be used together by reading the instructions on the label or doing some research. Learn more with Plantation Cleaning Services
The above methods and products can help clean and brighten up dull grout, however, for a truly deep cleaning you will need the professional services of a tile and grout company. If you are not keen on spending your precious time on cleaning grout, call ServiceMaster Clean to professionally and hygienically clean the grout in your home, leaving you the time to enjoy the things you really want to do.