Tile Grout Cleaning
Routine grout cleaning keeps grime, germs and bacteria out of your home. It also safeguards against discoloration, and keeps tiles from getting broken down by mildew, mold and moisture. It is necessary to know how to clean grout cleaning. Despite the fact that there are many ways of cleaning grout, the simplest way to clean, kill germs and get rid of stains is by using a steam cleaner.
Grout Cleaning Methods
Tiled areas can be probably the most beautiful areas in your home. But they may well also be the most difficult to areas to keep clean. The following are 8 simple tips to clean your tiled areas and keep them looking like they’re brand new.
Clean and maintain your tiles regularly.
Kitchen tiled areas should be washed no less than 2-3 times per week. If they aren’t, food and other dirt particles will in a short time build up in the grout. A very quick wipe down will do the job; make absolutely certain you do it every day. Shower as well as bath tiles need a 1-2 times per week grout cleaning. This will protect against any build-up of dirt, soap scum, and mildew.
Concerning tiled grout floor areas.
use a one to one ratio of vinegar/water solution with about 2- 3 tablespoons of baking soda per quart of water. Spray it on and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub it with a grout brush(or old toothbrush). There after rinse with water and dry thoroughly. The vinegar will break down the dirt along with other grime that is in the grout cleaning. You can make some more heavy duty cleaner by adding 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the mixture.
Use tools such as a scraper to first remove clean from tiles
or a heavy duty grout brush for hard to reach areas like around the bath and sink fixtures. Initially, wet the whole tile cleaning area down, wait for a few minutes, and then last scrub the grout clean. Rinse well and then dry by using an old towel. In case you would like a little extra power for the small crevices, you can use soap or baking soda on the toothbrush.
Never use hard chemicals to clean grout
Harsh chemicals actually eat away at the grout and tile doing damage to it over time. Just use mild solutions (such as one to one vinegar, lemon juice solutions, and plain water) or commercial grout cleaners.
Protect tile and grout after cleaning
Use rugs for areas which are trafficked significantly. Areas for instance the front door and in front of the sink in the kitchen benefit from an extra layer of protection. Having a mat in the way dirt cannot as easily make its way into the grout. But make sure you clean the rugs on a regular basis.
To brighten as well as whiten grout and tiles, use bleach
However, make certain you only use it on white surfaces or you will bleach colored areas or colored grout. Allow the bleach to sit on the area for about 10 minutes, rinse with water, and dry. (For fixing stain on colored tiles see tip #8.)
Seal your grout before cleaning
This prevents dirt and grime from getting trapped making it simpler to do the tile and grout cleaning.
Fresh lemon juice cleans Grout.
away stains in grout. Simply put a few drops on the discolored tile and grout area, wait 10 – 15 minutes and wipe it dry. Lemon juice is yet another disinfectant & it leaves your home smelling fresh and invigorating.
Last but not least, have fun cleaning! And take it easy in your shining clean house.
For more tile grout cleaning tips see the professionals at Auckland Steam n Dry. Phone 0800 783-266, or email.